The “Wash Day” Process

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Something I tweeted a little while ago

 

Every naturalista knows that the wash day – as it is appropriately named – is a task. I recently realised this (after over a year on this natural hair journey).

After my big chop, short hair was a breeze. I mean I just had to use the regular shampoo and conditioner and then I would rub my curling jelly in and call it a day. That wouldn’t take more than an hour, including a towel dry. As my hair grew I thought I could continue doing the same things; but my hair was longer now and more prone to breakage and other kinds of damage (I suppose there are others). I got away with that routine for so long I thought that was the only way. When I saw YouTubers doing these lengthy whole day routines I thought it was absurd.

Until, my hair began to rebel.

It started to break and began getting a bit dry, so now I had to add some form of deep treatment, Since that fateful day I have only realised that my wash day routine is getting longer and longer.

I started out with:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Then moved on to:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Leave-in Conditioner

It then evolved into:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner / Treatment
  • Leave-in Conditioner

It morphed into:

  • Pre-poo
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner/ Treatment
  • Leave-in Conditioner

It has also become a variation of:

  • Pre-poo
  • Detangle
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner/ Treatment
  • Leave-in conditioner

 

The detangling, I’ve realised may take most of the time as well as waiting for the treatment to sit and “settle”.  Detangling is also a step I used to skip, but I’ll have to do a separate post on that.

The wash process is as gentle as it is long. Kinky, coily hair needs more love, attention and gentleness than relaxed, bone straight locks. I had to learn the hard way to be gentle. I have lost quite a bit of hair on this journey already with my heavy-handed detangling, but it’s all a process.

At the end of the wash process however, whichever variation you use, it is important to moisturise and I still use the L.O.C.  method. Leave-in. Oil. Cream-based moisturiser.   Other people take it to mean liquid, oil and conditioner, and there are probably other monikers. Moisture is key.

I’ll share all the products I use in my wash day routine in my next post.

Washing and styling my hair can take up to ten hours

… a labour of love indeed.

 

 

 

When is it ever enough : YouTube Tutorials

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So when I decided to go back natural, I was lucky – my mother had decided to say no to the creamy crack too and had shaved her head (again… for the millionth time in her short life).

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