Wash day routine

My Typical Wash Day Routine | Natural Hair Tutorials

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.

Freshly washed

  • 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.

Steam 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.

Banana deep conditioner.

Rice water hair treatment.

Honey deep conditioner.

Okro deep conditioner.


Step 5. Wash off the deep conditioner. 

Microfiber towel

  • 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.

LCO method

  • 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.

Your turn.

Do you have a different regimen? Let us know any process you do differently in you wash day routine, in the comment box below.



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