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?

    Elle

    Elle is the edi­tor and cre­ative direc­tor of the YouTube chan­nel and blog, Quest for the Per­fect Curl at www.questfortheperfectcurl.com. Her chan­nel focus­es on nat­u­ral hair, beau­ty, and fit­ness. She loves prod­ucts that smell like dessert, yoga, and glit­ter. Fol­low her @qftpc.

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    17 Comments on "Definitive Proof That Washing and Styling Natural Hair Doesn’t Have to ‘Take All Day’"

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    Chi

    This is not real­is­tic. My hair is always tan­gled. Always. There is no way I can take 5 min­utes to detan­gle my hair. It’s a 2 day process. Nat­u­ral hair does take a lot more time. It’s not a mis­con­cep­tion. But we are wom­en, so if we think it makes us look beau­ti­ful then we will take the time to make it hap­pen even if it takes forever.

    Claire

    Of course wash day takes the whole day. what oth­er excuse will i use to get out of dates with peo­ple.

    Black Girl With Long Hair

    LMAO!!!!

    Essa
    I think this depends on cer­tain fac­tors. My wash days main­ly take long if my hair is tan­gled. i have thick, long, but fine hair. So when it tan­gles I have to care­ful because it can break eas­i­ly if I rush through detan­gling. A comb won’t do it.…my fin­gers have to do the detangling.…but this is all only if my hair is tan­gled. If its not tan­gled, I still sec­tion my hair in either large braids or twists (may­be about 6–8)…and then wash sec­tion by sec­tion. Leav­ing all of my hair out is no longer an potion lol. It will… Read more »
    SoleilKISS
    Yes! One of the ini­tial rea­sons I went nat­u­ral was because I want­ed to be free of the oblig­a­tions of need­ing my styl­ist every oth­er mon­th. I feel like the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty over­did it ini­tial­ly with the “berries and juices” ide­ol­o­gy, and while a nat­u­ral diy con­di­tion­er recipe is cool, it’s not always nec­es­sary. After a while of watch­ing 10 hour wash day videos, I start­ed to feel like there had to be a sim­pler way of being nat­u­ral, so I made that my goal on my nat­u­ral hair, growth jour­ney. I felt like being nat­u­ral was depict­ed as… Read more »
    BronxChildOfDiaspora

    My wash day would only take all day if I was at the salon. How­ev­er, once I start­ed doing my hair at home it’s saved me time and mon­ey. I found the right prod­ucts that work best for my coarse hair (Mic­Mas Remix scalp treat­ment and Bragg acv) and now my wash day takes only 2–3 hours from begin­ning to end if I wear my hair straight and one hour if I wear it nat­u­ral.

    TWA4now

    So true, it shouldn’t take ALL day for wash day. I have it down to about two hours…continuous learn­ing.

    Siphi Mnisi

    I’m so glad I found peo­ple who see the light. I am con­stant­ly try­ing to show peo­ple that hav­ing nat­u­ral hair is much eas­ier than they think. I can now refer them to this post as proof. 

    xx Siphi
    thatmnisigirl.wordpress.com

    SoleilKISS

    I agree! Nat­u­ral hair doesn’t have to be com­pli­cat­ed :).

    LBell
    I’ve been say­ing this for YEARS…and black folks have looked at me cross-eyed because some of us are so pro­grammed to view Afro-tex­tured hair care as hard. It’s almost like we take pride in it…like you’re not real­ly black if you haven’t expe­ri­enced the nap­py strug­gle. MISS me with that… The only time I remem­ber spend­ing more than 6 hours on my hair at a time was when I would do small twists. Even that was a while ago because for most of the last 7 years I’ve been doing wet styling and yes, my hair is most­ly-4b. At its longest… Read more »
    TWA4now

    Excel­lent! That’s great! What is APL and WNGS again? :)

    LBell

    APL = armpit length (stretched in my case)
    WNG = wash and go

    SoleilKISS

    Yes, I agree! Once you’ve found a good WnG rou­tine, stick with it! There’s no need to over­com­pli­cate it :).

    O Z

    I have 4C hair and I cut time by detan­gling with oil then putting the detan­gled sec­tions in twists… leave it over night (pre-poo) the sham­poo the deep con­di­tion­ing next morn­ing while hair is still in twists… no need to detan­gle after! Also, I air dry my hair til’ 80% dry before mois­tur­is­ing so my hair won’t take 2 days to dry.

    SoleilKISS

    Talk about an ‘aha’ ? moment! I’ll def­i­nite­ly have to try let­ting my hair air dry a bit Before set­ting my hair. Genius

    BronxChildOfDiaspora

    Yes, I do a sim­i­lar rou­tine using Mic­Mas Remix scalp treat­ment and it’s also helped tremen­dous­ly with my hair’s break­age.

    TWA4now

    Awe­some!

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