I don’t go crazy over hair typing, but I’ve been considered to be a 3c/4a when it comes to the typing system. Below are the steps I take to wash my hair. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete from start to finish.
As stated in my Top 5 Staple Products post, I pre-poo my hair with coconut oil. I buy Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Nature’s Way. The price varies, but you can purchase online at Amazon or at your local Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Body stores.
- Apply the product directly on 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 use the SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus or Raw Shea Butter lines. If I go swimming, I use Aubrey Organics Swimmers Shampoo and conditioner.
- With my hair still in twisted sections, I apply the product directly on 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
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 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.
Is your regimen similar to mine? What are the differences, if any?