As a natural, having a dedicated wash day routine should be an essential part of achieving and maintaining a healthy head of hair.
At the start of my natural hair journey, I was so confused about the ins and outs of taking care of a natural hair. I had so many conflicting information on the best way of taking care of natural hair, I didn’t know which one to follow.
So I made a lot of mistakes along the way until I finally found what works for my hair; by trying all the different practices until I found what my hair loves.
So I’ll be sharing my typical wash day routine with you today.
My wash day routine.
Step 1. Detangle my hair.
- I divide my hair into 4 parts or sections using my fingers.
- Roughly braid or twist each section.
- Then unravel 1 section and carefully, gently and thoroughly detangle with just my fingers.
- You can add leave-in conditioner if you have too many tangles. This will soften your hair and make it easier to detangle.
- Start from the ends and work towards the roots.
- When I’m done with finger detangling, I comb out the hair with a wide tooth comb, starting from the ends to the roots.
- After braiding, twist the section back up and unravel the next section.
- I follow the same steps for the other sections until my hair is fully detangled.
Step 2. Shampoo time.
- I Enter the shower with my hair still sectioned in the twists.
- Unravel 1 section and wet it a little with water.
- Apply shampoo and wash the section thoroughly.
- Rinse with water and twist it back up.
- Unravel the next section and follow the same steps until my whole hair is fully washed.
- Tie my wet hair with a fibre towel or an old cotton T-shirt, to mop up the excess water.
- When my hair is semi-dry, it’s time for the next step
Step 3. Deep Condition.
- With my hair still in sections, I unravel 1 section and start the deep conditioning process.
- Apply deep conditioner to 1 section; making sure it’s thoroughly applied from root to ends.
- Retwist the section and unravel the next section.
- Follow the same steps for the remaining sections.
Step 4. Steaming.
- Cover my hair with a plastic cap.
- Then wear my portable electric steaming cap.
- If you don’t have a portable steam cap, tie your hair with a large towel. This will warm up your hair also.
- I leave the steaming cap on for about 40 minutes – 1 hour. Longer if you’re using a towel. You can leave the towel on your hair and do some house chores.
These are some of the natural homemade deep conditioners I use.
Step 5. Wash off the deep conditioner.
- With my hair still in sections, I wash off the deep conditioner.
- I Follow the same steps as in step 2 but without a shampoo.
- Wash with water alone.
- Then I always do an apple cider vinegar hair rinse.
- I wrap my hair with a microfiber towel to soak up the excess water.
- When the air is semi-dry, move to the next step.
Step 6. LCO Method (Liquid, Cream, Oil).
Most people do the LOC method – Liquid, Oil, Cream, but I prefer LCO method, I believe it works better for my hair.
- With my hair still in sections, I unravel 1 section and apply hair cream. Since my hair is still wet from being freshly washed, I skip the liquid application part.
- I use a leave-in conditioner as my cream. Apply it on 1 section from roots to end.
- Then I apply oil. I usually use either coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil or Shea butter. Sometimes I even use all 3 at once.
- Do the same for the remaining sections and style your hair as you want.
- The end, lol.
When I do the whole wash day routine with my hair in twists, it keeps breakage and tangling very minimal.
Do you have a different regimen? Let us know any process you do differently in you wash day routine, in the comment box below.