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A lot of naturals complain about wash day, but it doesn’t have to be when using the right method and hair products. My personal wash day routine usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete from start to finish. If you’re a new natural with staple products and are looking for a simple wash day routine for natural hair, here is a quick an easy 3-step method you can follow.
The first step of my wash day routine is usually a pre-poo. If you wear protective styles often, pre-pooing is essential. I usually pre-poo my hair with Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Nature’s Way. The price varies, but you can purchase online or at your local health store. Below are the steps used to pre-poo my 4a hair with coconut oil:
- Apply the product directly to my scalp and massage using the tips of my fingers. There is no set time that I do this, but I make sure the oil is applied to my whole scalp.
- Section hair in four parts, securing them with pins or hair clamps and apply the oil on my hair; focusing on the ends. I also begin my finger detangling and shed hair removal. I twist each section after detangling and proceed to work on the next section until complete.
- Use the greenhouse method by placing a plastic shower cap on my head and leaving on for approximately 15-20 min and rinse out to start washing
Shampoo or Cowash and Condition
I usually cowash with the As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner, but there are times I shampoo with a clarifying or moisturizing shampoo. If I go swimming, I use Aubrey Organics Swimmers Shampoo and conditioner. Here are simple steps for washing or co-washing hair especially if your natural hair is long or thick:
- With my hair still in twisted sections, apply the product directly to my scalp and massage to remove any product buildup that accumulated since the last wash day.
- Unravel the twists one-by-one and finger detangle with the conditioner.
- Retwist conditioned hair and wash out.
- Apply an old t-shirt to prevent frizz and absorb the water
Apply the L.O.C Method
The very last step of my wash day routine is to apply the L.O.C. method. The L.O.C (Liquid, Oil, Cream) or Moisturize and Seal method is especially great for the colder months and helps to “lock in” moisture if your hair tends to dry out quickly. With my hair still in sections, I unravel each twist and use a leave-in, oil, and Shea butter.
Note: If I am doing a wash and go style, I do not use the L.O.C. Method. I skip the oil and cream and only use the leave-in. It depends on my mood if I apply a butter or gel afterward.
Based on the time of day that I wash my hair, I keep it twisted in the sections and let it air dry through the day and overnight. Since my wash day is a Saturday, if it doesn’t fully dry by Sunday I can keep it in the twists or style for the rest of the week.
What is your typical wash day routine for your natural hair?