MY WASHDAY ROUTINE
Hi, I have 4c hair so I know it's a bit hard to plan washday. Well, I have decided to share my washday routine with you. I'm sure you'll find something to incorporate into yours. You could just use the whole thing though, I don't mind. Well, on to the first step;
This is what you do to your hair before applying shampoo. Its good because heat exposure, chemical treatments and dyeing can lead to dry and damaged hair. “Pre-pooing” helps to revive your hair,
For my pre-poo step, I use a mixture of aloe-vera juice (I just blend the gel), diluted rice water and neem oil. Then, I divide my hair into four sections and spray the mixture then use my hands to thoroughly coat each part with the mixture. You can easily use a store-bought pre-poo product.
You should let your hair sit for at least 30 minutes. I let mine sit for about an hour or overnight on days when I have a lot of time. If you want to leave it overnight, you must wrap your hair in nylon and then wear a scarf or satin bonnet.
That’s right, the next step is detangling. Fear not, its effective and painless. You might get toned arms though, especially if your hair has volume.
First, I detangle with my fingers then use a wide toothed comb to detangle each section.
Sometimes, I skip this step but it is very good not to. It helps protect your hair and retain some moisture when you shampoo. Just divide your hair into smaller sections and then twist. I section my hair into 8 parts but if you have more voluminous or lengthy hair, you can do even more.
Yeah ,,, finally, right? I apply my shampoo from roots to the ends. Make sure the shampoo reaches your scalp. Organic shampoos are highly preferable but you can also use ordinary ones. I then massage my scalp and hair with the shampoo thoroughly then I rinse.
Sometimes when massaging, the twists come undone. Again, fear not!
After shampooing, I apply a deep conditioner. I use one that contains mentol because it refreshes my scalp. Find what works for you. It is advisable to use the conditioner of the same brand as the shampoo. Check instructions on the bottle for how long the conditioner should sit in your hair. If unspecified, about 20 minutes should do it.
Then, rinse and untwist.
As the name implies, you leave this baby in your hair. I use a mixture of shea butter, coconut oil and honey. I apply it thoroughly to my hair, ensuring it reaches the roots and the scalp. Once I incorporate into my hair properly, I put my hair in a simple protective style like a high bun and airdry.
VOILA! End of washday.
I know it seems daunting at first but it is fun and key to healthy hair.
Enjoy your shiny and healthy hair.