After over a year of growing my natural hair, I came to the realisation that I spend a lot of time on my hair every wash day, so I try to find ways around it. This is by far the fastest routine I have stuck to in a while and the routine pays off. My wash day routine goes thus:
- Preparation: I prepare my hair by loosening out the style I had it in.
- Prepoo / Hot oil treatment/ Detangle: I pre-poo/detangle my hair with essential oils, Coconut oil and Shea butter. I first wet my hair with water, then apply hot essential oils on my hair/scalp and I use my hand to detangle my hair. Then I cover my hair with a plastic bag for 30 minutes to make my scalp absorb the oil. Afterwards, I rinse out the oils. P.S: My scalp gets dry really fast that’s why I make sure I pre-poo before washing it. The essential oils I use are Tea tree oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Almond oil, Jamaican black castor oil.
- Shampoo: Ever since I started transitioning, Dudu Osun black soap has been my shampoo, the one time I tried using another shampoo my hair was breaking whilst using the shampoo so it was a NO NO for me. I apply the shampoo 2-3 times then rinse it out thoroughly.
- Deep condition: I condition and deep condition my hair together, why not? I mix the deep conditioner – Beautiful textures Rapid, conditioner – Olive oil ORS replenishing conditioner and hair mayonnaise – Originals by Africa’s best hair mayonnaise together. I section my hair, apply the mixture from the root to the tip of my hair and twist each section ( this takes a while for me). I deep condition my hair overnight because I most times wash my hair late at night. And I rinse it out the next morning without unravelling the twist. P.S: I read through each product and I can actually leave all on for my hair for styling except the conditioner.
- Style: The last step is to style my hair. I only oil my scalp and use coconut oil to moisturise the coils. I try to use little to no products on my hair after this and opt for a style that won’t stretch out the coils. And that’s it!
- Double the plastic bags to trap in more heat when prepooing and deep conditioning.
- Twist the tiny weeny front hair by itself to make the front curls pop (this is a trick I just discovered).
- This ‘wash n go’ style can last a week if well maintained.
- Trim your ends if it is weak to keep your hair healthy.
Wondering what my conditioner looks like and what other products I use? You should read the Products I use post *thinking of publishing an updated products post*
N.B: These products can be gotten in Nigeria also.
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What are your thoughts on this post? Would you give this routine a trial? What do you do differently on your wash day? Let’s discuss in the comment section.