The Proper Way To Wash Your Natural Hair: Simple Wash Day Routine.

I used to do the most to my hair but I’ve learned how to reduce the time and things I do to my hair as my hair has grown longer because I’m not about that life anymore. Most people detest washday because it’s usually so long. But here’s a simple washday routine with the proper way to wash your hair to avoid unnecessary breakage.

The way you handle your hair on washdays determines how much length you’re retaining because our hair is always growing but it’s how you take care of your hair that will determine if you’ll see visible growth.

The basic steps to a simple washday are as follows:

  • Prepoo/detangling
  • Shampooing
  • Deep conditioning
  • Moisturizing/sealing
  • Style

Depending your hair length and thickness, everything could take about 2-4 hours also depending on how you decide to style your hair. Any other step such as regular conditioning, hair rinsings and hot oil treatments are not a necessity and should only be incorporated into your washday when your hair needs it or when you feel extra.

Prepoo/ Detangling

If you’re not familiar with the term ‘prepoo’ then you can read this post to understand better
But it involves applying a generouts amount of oil or conditioner to your hair and allow it to sit from anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight. This is done to aid in detangling your hair and reducing the stripping effects of shampoo. You can use natural oils like coconut, olive o avocado oil to prepoo your hair and watch how your hair will feel so good.

Even if you decide to not prepoo your hair, ensure you detangle your hair before shampooing.


For shampooing your hair, you have to take note of the following:

Work in sections

Working in 4-6 sections when washing your hair is very essential. It helps you get to all parts of your hair and gives you better access to your scalp. If you have more than 6 inches of hair, washing your hair loose may not be the best way to do things. This process may take longer but the fewer tangles, knots and breakage is totally worth it. If your hair is too short to twist each of the 4 sections, you could use hair clips or elastic bands to keep the sections in place.

Use sulphate-free shampoos.

Shampoos containing sulphates would strip your hair off it’s natural oils and leave your hair dry. Rather, you should use moisturizing, sulphate-free shampoos which will cleanse your hair and still leave it moisturized.

Focus on your scalp

When shampooing your hair, your main focus should be your scalp. Do not scrub your scalp with your nails. Instead, you should use the tip of your fingers to massage your scalp gently and not vigorously. This would remove the first and build up on your scalp. The shaft of your hair will get clean as the shampoo runs down your hair.

Deep conditioning

This is a very important step in your washday routine because it’s what will leave your hair soft and manageable. Your hair should still be in sections from shampooing so go ahead and work with the sections. The deep conditioner should be applied to wet hair but not water dripping soaking wet hair. Squeeze out the excess water in your hair before you apply your deep conditioner.

Apply the conditioner to the shaft of to your hair from the roots to the ends, focusing more on the your ends because they’re the oldest part of your hair.

Cover your hair with a plastic bag or cap when you finish applying the deep conditioner throughout your hair. You can steam your hair with a heating cap or blow-dryer if you have one or wrap your hair with a warm towel to generate heat which will make sure your hair absorbs the deep conditioner properly.

After about 30 minutes to an hour, rinse off the conditioner from your hair with cold water and use a t-shirt to dry your hair and not a towel.

Moisturizing/ Sealing

By now your hair should feel soft. It’s time to moisturize your hair and seal the moisture in. Use a leave in conditioner to moisturize your hair and seal it with a butter or an oil. After moisturizing each section, you should twist or braid each section to trap in the moisture as your hair dries.


After your hair has dried or after you’ve moisturized your hair, depending on if you want to work on stretched or shrunken hair, proceed to styling your hair.

So there! A simple washday routine to minimize time and still get the job done.

How long does it take you to wash your hair?

Thanks for reading.

Stay blessed and stay safe.

2 thoughts on “The Proper Way To Wash Your Natural Hair: Simple Wash Day Routine.

  1. pre-poo saved my hair seriously. same steps but I deep condition once a month w honey + my oil mix + rinse-out conditioner. started hot oil treatment (tried it?) last month and i don’t know why i never tried it, less shedding, more shine, love it. now my wash day is anywhere btwn 50min (just shampoo and conditioner and braids/twists) and 1hr 40mins. i just love your blog, good work

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    • Same here. I found out about it when I was transitioning and I never looked back.
      I’ve done a hot oil treatment. Most times I do it before washing to double as a prepoo too instead of using it as a whole other step.
      My washday is anything from 3 hours, and only because I take lots of breaks in between.
      Thank you for reading!


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