How often do you wash your natural hair?
I can’t really remember the last time I shared my wash day routine. It’s been such a while. A lot has happened since then: I big chopped AGAIN, and I began growing my hair out afresh. It’s been quite the journey, learning my hair again and all. I can’t say that I’m the best at natural hair, but I’ve learnt to enjoy the journey, even though there may be days when I feel like chopping all my hair off and going bald. But then, I remember the reason I went natural and all the benefits I’ve enjoyed with it, and of course I think again. I love my hair natural and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
A few of the products I use on wash day are:
A wide-toothed comb
Conditioner (for the co-wash, however I also use it in the DIY detangling spritz)
Marini Naturals Leave-in Conditioner
Water (in the Mizani bottle)
Ajani Handmade Waridi Whipped Hair Butter
Shea by Asal Shampoo Bar
There’s a couple of ways I’ve updated my regimen to enable me keep some form of consistency, which I will share in the steps below.
This is me without the slightest bit of makeup on. As you can probably tell, I do have a few blemishes and scarring from past breakouts that I’m currently working on. Before my wash day starts I’m usually in a head scarf protecting my strands.
2. Scarf goes off
The picture below is a true representation of my hair before I start my wash day. It’s usually after about 4-5 days of stretching out twist outs. By the weekend, I have zero curls and my hair needs a little cleanse.
Before I wash my hair, I always make sure to detangle it in about 4-5 sections. I use crocodile clips to secure the sections and work through each section by saturating it in a DIY detangling spritz. If you want to know how to make the detangling spritz comment below and I’ll share it in a separate post.
5. Rinse the hair and shampoo/co-wash
After detangling, I’ll either shampoo/co-wash the hair depending on how much time I have on my hands, and also depending on how my hair feels. I like to listen to my hair- if it feels filthy, I’ll shampoo it. However, I prefer to co-wash and deep condition on a weekly basis, just to keep my hair clean and well moisturised.
After washing the hair, I’ll dry it with an old clean t-shirt until it is just damp.
Yes, ladies and gents, my hair is COILY and shrinkage is too real.
6. Deep Condition
After washing, I make sure to deep condition my strands just to keep them strong and well moisturised. I prefer to do moisturising treatments like this one, and protein treatments about every 3-4 weeks just to balance it all out.
When the treatment is on, I just slap on a shower cap, and I make sure to cover the perimeter of my hairline to prevent leaking. For good measure, sometimes I’ll wear a marvin just to ensure the heat is trapped in the shower cap and the treatment penetrates my strands.
On this particular day, I did a hot oil treatment. I just mixed up olive oil, castor oil and coconut oil and warmed the mixture in a cup of warm/hot water and massaged the warm oil mixture into my strands and let it sit about an hour and rinsed out the excess after.
7. Twist the hair
After rinsing the hair, I go over the same process of drying it with an old clean t-shirt. After that, I proceed to apply the leave-in conditioner about the size of a KES.20 coin to my hair, lock in the leave-in with olive oil, then twist the hair by finger detangling and using the Ajani Handmade Butter to seal in the oils and twist.
8. Style the hair
Once I’m done twisting the hair, I wrap it back into the head scarf and take the twists out he following day.
Disclaimer: the picture below is not really the best representation of the curl definition I got because I was in the greatest rush to leave the house to go to work but hey, I hope it helps.
What’s your wash day regimen like?