Here is a detailed account of my natural hair regimen.
It is hair wash day and I want to tell you all what that day looks like for me. I’ve been wearing my hair in a wash and go style for the holidays but I cannot go another day with my hair out so let’s jump right into my hair wash process.
First I pre-poo. This pre shampooing method prepares the hair to soften the blow for the harsh sulfates. I use sulfate free shampoo so I don’t need to soften the blow but I have color treated hair so I use it to prevent my color from being stripped and adds extra moisture that is lost from the colored hair. Using the breakdown method introduced by India of mynaturalsistas, I part my hair in 4 sections and work one section at a time. I cover the section in a conditioner and an oil. I finger detangle gently and create 2 twists. Once I have done this with each of my four sections I will have 8 finger detangled twists ready for shampooing.
Next I get in the shower to shampoo. I let water run over my hair for a few minutes then apply shampoo while my hair is still in the twists. I try using the pads of my fingers to massage my scalp but as a habit from my relaxed days, I still go to town with my nails and get those tough itching spots. Most of the time a few twists unravel. I just twists them back up and finish shampooing.
Next I condition my hair. While in the shower I coat my hair in moisturizing conditioner.
At the detangle stage I can detangle using 2 different methods. Since I have been wearing my hair out I want to detangle as much as possible. I would then detangle my hair in the shower using my deman brush. Had my hair been in a protective style I would detangle with the deman brush as I apply a deep conditioner on top of the regular conditioner. No matter which detangle method I use with both I break down those twist as I detangle. Those 8 twist then become 16.
Deep Condition: After I apply the deep conditioner to my twist I cover it with a plastic cap, 2 shower caps and my satin cap. I cover my hair with so many layers because I do not use any artificial heat during this step. I let my natural body heat do the work. If I want extra heat I would put on a beanie as well. I don’t have a set amount of time that I leave the conditioner on. I usually forget back it and go do something else…..cook dinner…wash clothes or search YouTube for a new hairstyle.
Once I rinse the deep conditioner out its ready to Style.
Flat twist out Tuck and Pin
Anything with a pompadour
Preferred Products: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Shampoo Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
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What is your hair wash regimen?
– The Natural Travelista