Blogmas Day 17|My Updated Washday Routine.

Welcome to blogmas day 17.

Let me first say that I can finally comfortably wash my hair in twists now!! I mean, they’ll unravel at the end, but I use a scrunchie to hold it in place.

So as my hair is getting longer, I’m looking for ways to make managing it easier and make washdays easier. I wash my hair weekly or biweekly depending on how I wear my hair and how my hair feels. There’s no much difference or newly added steps, just a different technique.

Prepoo/Detangling

I prepoo my hair 80% of the time. The remaining 20% is when I do a clay mask or I’m lazy. I don’t know how some people just hop in the shower and drench their hair in water then proceed to shampooing. My hair would be a tangled mess.

So I’ve moved from using an oil to prepoo, to using conditioners cause it’s faster, to using Shea butter and conditioner, to using an oil and conditioner. I’m back to my old gee palm kernel oil which I used to use when I was transitioning. It really does work amazingly on my hair and I remember why I used to love it. My hair does this weird thing we’re it stops responding to a product like it used to, so I’m forced to stop using it or take a break.

Palm kernel oil is a penetrative oil and is a good alternative to coconut oil if your hair doesn’t like coconut oil like me. I use olive oil sometimes, but like I said, conditioners just make things easier cause the slip is better even though ideally, oils should be used to prepoo.

Excuse my mini rant here, I just wanted to explain myself and share somethings that might be helpful. So for my prepoo, I divide my hair into 4 sections and spritz my hair with some water to make it pliable then take a smaller section and apply some palm kernel oil, working it in with my fingers, then I go over it with a conditioner. When my hair is feeling very dry, I go over the conditioner with Shea butter. After applying everything, I finger detangle as much as I can to get the products in and lightly remove any shed/tangled hair then twist up that section.

When I’m through with the 4 sections, I cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes to overnight, depending on how dry my hair is, my schedule, and how energetic I feel.

Shampooing

This is the part that has the new technique. I wash my hair in twists now. So instead of unraveling the twists and pack into sections like I used to do, I’ll just use scrunchies to tie the twists into 4 sections.

I use very lukewarm water. Somewhere between cold and lukewarm. I don’t like using hot water cause I feel it just strips excess moisture from my hair. And cold water won’t easily remove the oils I slathered on my hair like lukewarm would.

I shampoo my hair twice if It’s really dirty or when I do an oil prepoo. I take down each scrunchie to shampoo the section, focusing on my scalp then running the suds through the twists then tie it back with the scrunchie when I’m through. After shampooing, I rinse off the shampoo then squeeze out the excess water and wrap my hair with a cotton t-shirt.

Deep Conditioning

By this time, the twists would be looking raggedy and hanging on to their dear lives, but I’ll take down each twist and apply my deep conditioner then twist it back. I don’t attempt to use any tool to detangle my hair until I’ve deep conditioned with heat or just wrappingng a warm towel over my head. By then, my hair would have absorbed the conditioner better and it would be softer. So I go ahead and take down each twist then use my tangle teezer to gently detangle my hair from tips to root then twist it back up.

When I’ve detangled everything, I rinse off the conditioner with my hair still in the twists. And yes, I’m able to get all the conditioner out.

Moisturizing/Styling

I usually let my hair to air-dry to about 80% or I’ll leave it wrapped in the tshirt for a while before I go ahead to moisturize it. I don’t like working on soaking wet hair.

So I take down each twist and apply my leave in conditioner then seal it with my whipped shea butter then twist or braid it back to air-dry. When I’m done with that, I oil my scalp and massage it in for a few minutes and I’m done.

Everything usually takes about 2 hours including the deep conditioning time but most times I take breaks in between. I can shampoo my hair and leave it for a few hours to do other things before I proceed to deep condition.

The new method of washing my hair in twists has made it a whole lot easier. It keeps my hair somewhat stretched and prevents tangling. I’m through with everything relating to washing my hair for the year and I’m happy. It’s prepped and ready to be put away before aunty harmattan comes.

P.S- A little digressing, my hair goal for this year was to reach chin length and armpit length by the end of the year, but I didn’t quite get there. I’m not so far from it though. All things being equal, by the time I’m taking down my protective style next year, my hair should have grown to that extent.


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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 https://everythingnappy.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/prepoo-my-washday-saviour/
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.

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.

Style

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?

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