Perfect Wash and Go Curls On Natural Hair 2

The fur­ther you delve into your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney, the eas­i­er things should be. I’m a FIRM believ­er in not hus­tling back­wards, so when some­thing works, I ride that train ’til the rails fall off (or I get dis­tract­ed… #PJwith­ashort­at­ten­tion­span). Thanks to my dogged deter­mi­na­tion (lol), I’ve been able to hone in on a few hacks that make my wash day easy, breezy, and quite a pleas­ant expe­ri­ence. Want to stop hav­ing so much dra­ma on wash day? Check out these 4 super sim­ple hacks:

1. Let the Water Soak In

One thing I notice in some wash day tuto­ri­als (and I caught myself doing as well) is play­ing duck and dodge with water — get­ting the hair wet just enough to apply co-wash­ing or sham­poo prod­ucts. Wash day is sup­posed to be a hydrat­ing expe­ri­ence for your hair, deliv­ered just through prod­ucts, but through the water we use as well. Instead of just jet­ting under the water once to wet my hair, I began stand­ing in the show­er for about 2 min­utes just let­ting the water run through my hair, and squeez­ing it gen­tly into the sec­tions of my hair that tend to be low­er poros­i­ty (hey crown and front half). This allows for the prod­uct that was on my hair to begin run­ning down the drain, and helps my strands take in water, hang a lit­tle loos­er, and glide past each oth­er a lit­tle eas­i­er in the detan­gling process.

2.  Have a Go-To Prod­uct for Cleans­ing and Detan­gling

Speak­ing of detan­gling, I’m a firm believ­er in not hav­ing to fight with your prod­ucts to make them work. If I can’t get it pop­pin’ with very min­i­mal to no adjust­ments, I won’t do it. Like the meme says, if you have to force it — rela­tion­ships, pony­tails, yoga pos­es, hair prod­ucts, just let it go. On the oth­er side of that coin, if you’ve found a co-wash­ing, sham­poo, or oth­er cleans­ing prod­uct that works ridicu­lous­ly well, ride that on into the sun­set. Anoth­er way to save major dra­ma on wash day is to hone in on that one prod­uct that can deliv­er it all — clean hair and scalp, super slip for detan­gling, hydrat­ing, smooth­ing, and just all-around awe­some.

For me, that co-wash­ing prod­uct is Be Kekoa Be Clean, which works so ridicu­lous­ly well I just can’t be both­ered with any­thing else. Yes, there are oth­er co-wash­es and con­di­tion­ers that are “cool” or “good”, but they’re not great. With Be Clean, I have enough slip to detan­gle and cleanse in record time, and my results area amaz­ing… Every. Sin­gle. Time. Oh, and don’t let me get my Eter­nal­ly In Amber comb in the mix, because then I’m detan­gling my entire head in sin­gle dig­it time (less than 10 min­utes). When it’s time to sham­poo, Be Kekoa Be Clair, tgin Mois­ture Rich Sul­fate Free Sham­poo, and Ouidad Super­fruit Renew­al Clar­i­fy­ing Cream Sham­poo are my go-tos, because they deeply cleanse and remove buildup with­out turn­ing my hair into a crispy, mat­ted, fuzzball.

Why do I ride so hard for Be Clean? Read my review here.

See Be Kekoa Be Clean + Be Clair in action! Wash day demo here.

tgin Prod­uct Line Review

Ouidad Super­fruit Renew­al Review

3. Moisturize/Hydrate Dai­ly

Even if you wash every 3–4 days like I do (which in and of itself help reduce wash day ter­ror), it’s still very impor­tant to main­tain inter­nal hydra­tion via dai­ly refresh­ing or mois­tur­iz­ing. You don’t have to wet down your hair com­plete­ly every day, that’s overkill and can lead to hygral fatigue. Depend­ing on your length, tex­ture, and style, hydrat­ing via a light spritz or but­ter­cream, and mois­tur­iz­ing with a few drops of oil could be all you need.

Because I prep my hair at night, I mois­tur­ize with a hydrat­ing, water-based but­ter cream (like tgin But­ter Cream Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­er, Eden Body­Works Kids Coco Shea Berry Smooth­ing Cream, Hydrather­ma Nat­u­rals Aloe Curl Enhanc­ing Twist­ing Cream, Soul­tan­i­cals Fluffa­li­cious Curl Nutri­cious, etc.). After that, I seal with a lit­tle coconut oil, jojo­ba oil, or argan oil, con­cen­trat­ing on my ends. Then I fol­low my night­time rou­tine, and boom! Aside from keep­ing hair from dry­ing out, main­tain­ing hydra­tion in the days to come means that when wash day rolls around, hair is less tan­gled, less rough, and eas­i­er to work with. The end result? Less break­age and hair­fall.

3. Use the Right Tools

I men­tioned Eter­nal­ly In Amber combs a lit­tle ear­li­er as my lit­tle detan­gling ace in the hole. Hav­ing the right tools by your side is every­thing when it comes to mak­ing wash day a breeze. Since detan­gling is the most time con­sum­ing part of wash day and con­se­quen­tial­ly the most dam­ag­ing, hav­ing the right tools in your arse­nal is essen­tial. On days when I’m pressed for time, I reach for my Eter­nal­ly In Amber Rain­bow Wide Tooth Comb to detan­gle and remove shed hair in a few min­utes time. If I’m not ready to comb detan­gle, but need a speedy boost, I reach for latex gloves. You don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly have to adopt these two, but I def­i­nite­ly encour­age you to find the right tools that work for your hair type and wash day reg­i­men.

The Best Combs for Nat­ur­al Hair — Eter­nal­ly In Amber Review

Read more about detan­gling hacks here!

4. Keep Your Trim Sched­ule

If you’ve ever got­ten a lit­tle lax with your trims, then you know why this is impor­tant. As our hair gets old­er, the ends tend to weath­er and tan­gle which can lead to a rather hell­ish time with detan­gling. To keep wash day easy and breezy, stay on top of your trim sched­ule. I’m not say­ing you need to trim your ends every 4–6 weeks, or even sea­son­al­ly. You know your hair, and know when it’s time to show it some TLC with a trim. Just stay on top of that, and you’ll be just fine.

How and When to Trim Tran­si­tion­ing Hair

Max­i­miz­ing Growth and Length Reten­tion in Nat­ur­al Hair 

2 Ways to Main­tain Your Deva Cut @ Home

 

Do you have a wash day hack that nev­er fails? Share below!

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and prod­uct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­ur­al hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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