Wash day routine for my 4c Hair
Hello from the comfort of my bed, indulging in lemon-infused green tea, listening to the spirit of praise on this beautiful but gloomy Sunday Afternoon. I hope you are all well and are having a blessed day.!!
Like all the other years, this is another year of pruning and growing good healthy Hair so our Hair can reach its full potential and we can all be full members of black girl magic whether you’re natural or not.
Every day I learn that having a good relationship with my Hair begins with a solid wash day routine. My wash day routine calms me and allows me to show the utmost love to my crown, and that’s why I love the whole process so much. Wash day helps me forget all those days my Hair misbehaves, which happens more often than is mentioned. Wash day is a reminder to not compare my Hair to anyone else’s but to focus on my own to experience its beauty fully. We all get sucked into comparing our Hair, and that’s the wrong way to go about this journey. Love your crown unconditionally and keep the process simple for it to produce the fruits you so deserve fully.
Pre – Shampoo / Detangle: Treatment to prevent Hair drying out during the cleansing process
- Apply an oil of your choice on damp Hair, before cleansing. (Grapeseed oil / Almond Oil / Avocado oil/coconut oil)
- I use coconut oil generously. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, and I mix it with Aloe if I’m lucky enough to find the plant.
- I wear a shower cap over the coconut oil for at least 30minutes.
- After 30min, I detangle using my fingers or big-toothed comb – Helps make my Hair more manageable.
- I use Apple cider vinegar, this technique is my favourite, and my Hair loves it a lot. I mix water and the apple cider in a bottle, and I just sneeze it out and massage it into my scalp. I am replacing shampoo.
- Clarifying shampoo – I haven’t found one my Hair loves, they all make my hair brittle and dry. Shampoo makes it hard to keep moisture in my hair. Please recommend a good brand.
- African black soap / Bentonite clay – I haven’t tried them, but they’re on my list. Reviews are all positive.
- I alternate between the Native Child deep conditioner and the Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey treasures conditioner. I love them both. How I know a deep conditioner is good is how my Hair feels after wash day. It’s usually soft and fluffy.
- I Cover the treatment with a plastic bag (yes uCheckers) and a shower cap and indulge for 30-45minutes. Covering the treatment allows all the proper ingredients to enter the shaft of the Hair, which guarantees nourishment for the Hair.
- I use an old T-Shirt, never a towel because I find that it breaks my hair and makes it tangled.
Moisturize and seal
- Critical step because my Hair is prone to dryness, and it helps with maintaining intense moisture in my hair.
- I use the L.O.C technique (Liquid Oil Cream) – Liquid: Water / Oils: glycerin + grapeseed oil + My Natural strengthening oil pictured above + tea tree all mixed in a spritz / Cream: Shea Butter (NativeChild in winter / Taji warmer cooler weather)
Leave-in conditioner: Daily spritz – Currently using Knot on my watch by Auntie Jackie as a leave-in.
Hairline = Jamaican castor oil without fail.
- Styling is my least favourite step because I am not tremendous nor creative when it comes to styling my hair, but I’m learning. I usually section my hair and plait it in threes, hardly twist.
NB: Make sure you have at least 2.5hours.
Also share what your wash day secrets are in the comment section ☺.