Washing natural hair is one of the most talked about, misunderstood and essential component of natural hair maintenance. While washing hair is not hard, learning to wash natural hair can be a task if one is unfamiliar with coily and kinky strands. Our natural strands tangle and coil around themselves and if improperly handled, our efforts can cause damage.
Many women who have trouble going natural usually complain of the wash day being the reason for going back to the creamy crack. So we've come up with some tips on lessening the stress on wash day and giving your strands some serious TLC too.
Wash Hair Regularly
One of the best ways to keep hair healthy is to keep it clean. The old belief that dirty hair grows faster has been debunked and we know a clean scalp and hair is the best way to keep hair in great shape and for it to thrive. Putting off washday can make it harder to detangle and may be clogging your scalp with product, dirt, oil and pollutants.
Do A Pre-Poo
Some have gone back and forth with the use of a pre-poo but for many it has made washday easier with detangling. It is also great for countering the harshness of shampooing your hair as it removes all dirt and oils. Using the right oils is important (Purpose of Pre-poo), and there are products to use that help with that too.
Give Yourself Time
They say patience is a virtue and when it comes to natural hair it is a must do! Trying to wash your hair in record time instead of taking the time necessary is a frustrating nightmare you want no parts of! You should be washing hair in sections (that takes time), detangling properly (that takes time) and deep conditioning for at least 15 minutes (that also takes time!) for a proper wash day routine.
I try and wash my hair on my off days and when I'm not too tired or have something planned. Rushing through wash day
Use Great Products
That can mean different products for different persons and while everyone has their favorite "go to", having a system to guide you is always helpful and can make for a stress-less and quicker wash day. There are too many to choose from so it helps when you have someone (me) who can help give you the deets on which ones to try.
A great trio that needs to be shared is the My Fluffy Hair Hydrate Collection.
This three part collection consists of the Rhassoul Clay Shampoo & Body Bar, Tropical Mango & Monoi Whip and the Twist Frosting With Biotin. The owner, Alyssa, also known as Fluffy, created products designed for hair that is fluffy from (grade 4) to curly (grade 3). None of their products contain Alcohol, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Cocamide, Petroleum or Silicones and for many women of color, those ingredients are not kind to our strands.
Rhassoul Clay Shampoo & Body Bar
Gently cleanse your body from head to toe with this handmade soap with it's rich, moisturizing mixture of emollient oils, oat protein, and Shea butter.
Tropical Mango & Monoi Whip
A blend of plant and vegetable oils that help soothe an irritated scalp, form a barrier against heat, giving you curls that stay stronger, softer, easier to style, and more resistant to breakage.
Twist Frosting With Biotin
This multipurpose cream is strong enough to style and moisturize everything from the thickest, wildest natural curls to the finest - all without flattening out your perfect curls or weighing your hair down.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday is over but if you want an excellent opportunity to check out this unique line then you are in luck as My Fluffy Puffs is sponsoring a giveaway on Seriously Natural for (1) full set of the Hydrate Collection! Giveaway is open to the US & UK only.