November 3, 2014

Tips for Washing Natural Hair



by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty

We all have to regularly cleanse and condition our hair. We know we need to do it, but sometimes you just don’t feel like it!  I personally don’t mind a few hours of doing my hair... I look at it as 'me time'.  Yet, there really are times (although rare) that I want wash day to be quick, but still effective.  So, here are 3 tips that I have found to help get the job done efficiently--

I. Pre-Poo the night before
Pre-pooing is basically, applying a natural oil, conditioner or both, to your hair prior to washing it, to get it ready for the manipulation that is to follow. When you pre-poo the evening before you wash, it allows that pre-poo concoction (whatever it is) to really soak into your strands, making the wash process much easier. I have literally applied my pre-poo to tangled hair, gone to bed and when I got up the next morning to wash my hair, the tangles melted away under the shower stream. I’m currently using coconut oil mixed with Aubrey Organics GPB or another conditioner.

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II. Stop detangling before, during and after washing
Detangling your hair before, during and after washing is not only way too much manipulation (especially for fine strands), it’s unnecessary and wastes a lot of time. You can lightly finger detangle your hair while applying your pre-poo, but save the real detangling for after washing. If you wash your hair without bunching it up on your head (working in a downward, smoothing motion), it shouldn’t be very tangled. You can then either finger detangle your conditioner saturated hair under the shower stream, or wait to detangle on damp hair before styling.

III. Get all the moisture in you can!
While we want wash day to be easy, we also want it to be effective. Washing our hair isn’t just about cleaning it. It’s also the time for us to get true moisture into our strands. How you do this, will depend on your hair’s porosity levels. So, one person may follow the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) method while another may follow the LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) or LCOC (Liquid, Conditioner, Oil, Cream) method. It’s up to you to figure out the combination of product layering that works best for locking moisture into your hair but universally, we all start with water! 

How do you make your wash day better?

 Is it about how fast you can make it happen or how effective it helps you to maintain your hair til the next wash day?

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