My alarms rings. Its 10:00 am, on a Saturday. I went out last night, I am tired and groggy. I worked a long 40 hour week, and not to mention had life obligations in between. I am EXHAUSTED. But hey, this hair ain’t gonna wash itself, right?
Yeah, my hair is looking all types of cray. Gotta get to it!
Now, my wash regimen is fairly simple. I am a 4a to 4b curl type, with short – medium length hair. I have shrinkage, but I would say its about 60%. I know alot of natural’s with serious shrinkage, like 85% to 90% perfect, but mine is not that severe. Shout out to the shrinkage curly girls though! Yall rock!
Now before I shampoo, I make sure I always pre-poo. (you can check out my post “To pre-poo or not to pre-poo” here where I give my tips on how to effectively condition your hair before shampooing:
I typically use three products: Trader Joe’s Aloe Vera gel, olive oil or coconut oil as a sealant and my favorite leave in conditioner: Cantu Shea Butter leave in repair deep conditioner.
I start with the aloe vera gel first. Aloe Vera gel is great because it has both emollient and moisturizing properties, meaning that it smoothes the cuticle surface and also attracts and seals in moisture. Its like, 3 bucks at Trader Joe’s and it works like a charm. There are some naturalista’s out there who SWEAR by using this gel as a styling product, but it honestly just depends on how strong of a hold you would like for your curls.
Aloe Vera gel can also provide mild hold, but if you are looking for more of a SIGNIFICANT curl retention based on application, aloe vera gel might not be the best way to go. Great product, though! I follow up with olive oil, making sure its extra virgin, and apply it to my strands and then apply one of my favorite products, the Cantu Shea Butter leave in deep conditioner.
Love this stuff.
Now I do not section my hair when pre-pooing; simply because you are going to rinse out your mixture and detangle anyway. Might as well make it easy, right? 🙂
I hop in the shower with the mixture in my hair, and begin to rinse. I rinse the mixture out with lukewarm water, simply because I do not want to remove the moisture I just put into my hair. I shampooed my hair using Shea Moisture’s Curl and Shine Shampoo.
This shampoo is great. It suds a bit, yet does not leave my hair feeling dry or brittle at all. It felt very moisturized. This shampoo is designed for naturals with thick, curly hair and its amazing! Its main ingredients are coconut oil, silk protein and neem oil and works greatly to:
- Anti-Frizz, Moisture & Shine
- Natural & Certified Organic Ingredients
- Sulfate Free & Color Safe
After I washed and gave myself a nice scalp massage, I rinsed my hair with lukewarm water.
All rinsed out! Now time to section my hair and detangle. I separated my hair into six big sections, applied more of the Cantu Shea Butter leave in and detangled with a paddle brush. The process is fairly simple; there are a few tricks you can use to get the most out of your detangling session. Which, in turn, will require another post. LOL, Ill get to that this weekend for you guys. 🙂
Much better. Haha.
After I am all shampooed, conditioned, rinsed out and detangled, I diffuse my hair. I decided to diffuse since I wanted to wear a wash and go, but I don’t really like to air dry. Its all about preference in this case; diffusing saves me alot of time, since it only takes about 15 minutes. I typically diffuse on a cool heat setting, and a low speed so I am not putting too much pressure or heat on my hair. Wanna always be safe. After I diffuse, depending on how big I want to wear my hair, I will use a pick accordingly. This day I just wanted to keep it simple, curly and cute.
Here are the results! Had a coffee date in Downtown Royal Oak this weekend, paired with some shopping. Good times!
Wash regimens are never easy things to master. It takes alot of time, patience and you have to really listen to your hair. I like to say that our hair talks to us. We have a relationship with it. It will let us know whether or not a product is too harsh, or we should stray away from certain ingredients or hard water. Now, it will still do its own thing! We don’t have too much control, especially when it comes to shrinkage. But as long as we get to know our hair, and cater to it and take care of it, it will be all good. 🙂
What is your wash routine, ladies? How do you like to wear your wash and gos, or do you prefer twist outs and bantu knots? Share your thoughts and comments below!
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Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”