Aaah wash day!! I know that heart sinking feeling all to well. My husband never quite understood why I would assign a whole day to wash my hair until we got married, he couldn’t believe how hard natural hair can be to manage. If you share this sentiment don’t fret, I’d like to share some tips and tricks I came across along my hair journey that have helped make washing my hair a little less stressful.
I have to admit there is no absolute short cut or easy way to wash natural hair; at least non that I’ve come across. Depending on what you’ve been doing with your hair, natural hair will always need a bit more time and patience when it comes to washing it. Accepting this is the first step towards that light at the end of the tunnel. So lets begin…
When it comes to washing natural hair my absolute one rule is ‘be gentle’. Whether you’re using a comb, a brush or your hands, ripping through stubborn knots will eventually take its toll on your length.
Tip 1 Washing your hair in sections can make it a lot more manageable, cutting down on time and minimising breakage.
Having natural hair in sections just makes it a lot easier when it comes to keeping your hair tangle free and cutting down on time. I usually section my hair into twists I’ll be wearing.
Wash day for me consists of a pre-shampoo detangle, wash and condition then twisting hair back up again.
Pre Shampoo Detangle: A lot of people refer to this as a ‘pre-poo’. I use a conditioner with good slip and a big tooth comb going through every section; starting with spritzing my hair with water, adding conditioner and a little bit of oil before combing through it. I start detangling my hair by raking through it with a big tooth comb.
Tip 2 Making sure your hair is kept stretched throughout the detangling and washing process helps keep it tangle free and also cuts down on time.
Wash and condition: After the detangling process I shampoo and condition each section starting from the back. I tend not to comb through my hair again unless it’s still really tangled. Focusing shampoo on my scalp helps to get rid of build up and focusing conditioner on my ends helps close up the hair cuticle, keeping hair moisturised. After rinsing the conditioner out I coat each section with a little bit of oil and re twist my hair while still wet.
Tip 3 Try not to bunch and scrub hair up into a ball when shampooing, it gets tangled up again and all that hard detangling work becomes undone.
That’s it, my wash day regimen. There are many different things you can adapt to make washing your hair a little easier. If you fancy a fun challenge you can checkout Whitney’s ’25 minute cowash and detangle’ video. I tried this when I travelled to Kenya last year and it worked pretty well though I would definitely invest in a good cleansing shampoo to avoid build up.
Tip 4 Use an old cotton T-shirt to squeeze excess water out of your hair. Rubbing your hair with a towel can damage the hair cuticle causing frizz and unwanted breakage.
I hope these few tips will prove to be helpful when it comes to promoting the health of your mane. I’ll be sharing some of the products I’ve been using in the next post, until next time…
With Luv xx