Natural Hair Wash Day Regimen
Everybody have a frequency as it relates to washing their hair and it varies from woman to woman. Only you know how your feels, what you put in it, etc. If you’re a person who uses loads of product then you have to wash more frequently than someone who doesn't I personally wash every week during the winter and much more often in the summer where I can go out with a wet head and not be sick.
Below is my Wash Day Natural Hair Regimen:
1. Put hair in 4 sections (2 in front and 2 in the back). Working in sections will make your life wayyyy easier - trust me. I experience less tangles and I find that it enables me to move faster (idk just me. Lol!)
2. Pre-poo: This is where you apply oils to your hair while it’s dry prior to shampooing/cleansing. I don't always do this but i try to at least once per month. I normally mix Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Cold Pressed Castor Oil together and apply to each section making sure the shaft is well oiled. After I apply the oil mixture I gently finger detangled to get rid of visible shed hair and then Bantu knot and pin each section and move on. Put plastic cap on a apply heat. (Sometimes I skip pre-poo if I am crunched for time)
3. Shampoo/Cleanse: I am a shampoo girl unlike most natural girls. I searched far and wide until I have found staple cleansers that do not strip my hair. As of right now I use Shea Moisture Curl & Shine shampoo, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention shampoo, OBIA shampoo bar or AS I Am CoWash to cleanse. I focus on my scalp at this stage. I massage my scalp re-twist then move on to the next section.
4. Oil Rinsing: If I am not going to do a full on Deep conditioning step then I oil rinse my natural hair. Oil rinsing is where you apply oil to freshly cleansed hair to bring back some life to your hair and seals in moisture from the water. Right now I am using the white castor oil to oil rinse my hair. I know most naturals would hate this because castor oil is very think and not might be tricky to work with. I prefer castor oil because my curls pop more and the effects are longer lasting. The key is to apply the to sopping wet hair not damped. And most of all leave the combs alone. Use your fingers to go through your sections while smoothing the oil down the shaft of your hair. Most knots would be oiled away. Lol! If you haven't tried this yet, then I suggest you do.
5. Deep Condition: This is where you focus on your hair. For a deep conditioner I normally mix a cheap conditioner with Honey and oils and apply to my hair. Also I have been trying out the NuNaat Blast Mask and so far I like it. I use that mask if I don't feel like making my own. After applying the condition I begin the detangling process working from ends to root first with fingers then your tool of choice. My order is: use fingers then wide tooth comb then Denman brush. Still working section to section.
6. I start my LOC method of moisturizing. Apply Leave in. After rinsing I squeeze out as much water as I can and add my leave in section by section. Right now I alternate Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave in or Cantu Hair Lotion. I love them. I prefer to further moisturize on hair that is damp versus wet hair. So I Let it air dry a little.
7. Apply my oil of choice. I prefer coconut oil or a mixture of coconut and castor oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. Massage the oils into my scalp and rub it down my hair shaft.
7. Apply Moisturizer. I moisturize and style my hair with my Cantu Curl Cream. So far it’s the greatest thing since slice bread to me. Lol.
8. Style! For me it's a braid out.