Natural hair memes frequently poke fun at regimens and the idea that washing and styling is a daylong affair. While I find a lot of them funny, I wonder if they also perpetuate the idea that natural hair is unmanageable. For instance, there’s a wash day meme showing a massive stash of the products with the tagline “Natural Girls Be Like #WashDay.”
Funny? Yes! But how many people saw that and decided that natural hair was too complicated an enterprise. We’ve compiled videos of 5 natural hair techniques that can be done quickly and efficiently, no matter your hair texture.
Detangling: Detangling taking four hours or more? No good. Make sure your sections are small enough to be workable, but not so small that the process is tedious. A seamless comb will also work wonders. In this video vlogger Chizi Duru shows how to detangle 4C natural hair in just 5 minutes.
Wash and Go’s: Make your sections small enough to ensure they are coated with styling product, but don’t smooth each and every strand. That adds a good 30–45 minutes to your routine. Try out 8–10 sections and see what results you get. Here’s how I do wash and go’s on my back-length natural hair.
Night and Refresh Routine: You don’t need to use multiple products or re-do all of your twists between evening and morning. Loose buns or pineappling with a silk scarf can go a long way towards preserving your style while allowing you to sleep comfortably. It’s also super easy to fluff out the next day with your hands or using refresher spray. Here is my natural hair night routine.
Deep Conditioning: Obsessed with deep conditioning overnight? It doesn’t need to take that long. Most conditioners will absorb fully in about 30 minutes, so prolonging the session has virtually no effect. Rinse out that conditioner and get on with your day!
Twists: You can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes you to do a set of twists if you do flat twists along with regular twists. Naptural85 is a big proponent of this method. You’ll get the same curl pattern you do with regular twists, just in way less time.
Ladies, what say you? Do you think natural hair washing and styling needs to take all day? Why or why not? And what does your own regimen look like?