Wash days take a bit of time but its really worth it if you want to maintain a healthy Afro. When my hair is not in a protective style, I wash it every week preferably on Saturday’s when I am not busy with lectures.
My Routine Steps
- Apply Nettah Organics coconut oil on your hair and leave it in for at least 30 minutes. I usually wash my hair in the mornings so I apply the coconut oil a night before.
- Apply Dark and Lovely Naturale shampoo generously into your hair and ensure that you massage it from the root to the tip of the hair for a proper clean wash. Then dry hair with a dry towel.
- Part your hair into sections depending on the length of your hair, I part my hair into four sections and then tie the different parts with a ribbon. If your hair is still too tiny, you can then skip this step.
- Apply a generous about of Dark and Lovely Naturale conditioner to each section and run your fingers through the hair to ensure that the whole section is conditioned.
- Now take the same section of hair and detangle it using the wide tooth comb from the tip of your hair to the root. You can hold down your hair so that you don’t pull it too hard. Its better to start detangling from the tip because the tips are the parts of the hair that have knots and when you comb through those knots you will be able to comb your hair better. Repeat this step to the rest of the sections. I also showed a picture of hair lost after detangling.
- Put a shower cap on top of your hair and if you don’t have one you can just wrap a plastic bag over your hair. Then wrap a scarp or a doek over that plastic and leave it like that for 30 mins to an hour.
- Rinse hair with clean water. You can either untie ribbons for a quicker wash or rinse each section separately, its really optional and a personal performance.
- Leave towel on hair for about 15 minutes so that it absorbs some of the water in your hair. Leave your hair to air dry.
- I apply my leave-in conditioner spray
- I apply my coconut oil
- Finish off by applying my whipped Shea butter cream
[The products I use to moisturize my hair with are self-made expect for the coconut oil as I use Nettah Organics coconut oil. Check my next post on how I make these products and how I prep my hair.]
I honesty prefer to air dry my hair but if you prefer the hairdryer just don’t set it on heat option just let it blow out cold air. This is to avoid heat damage as our hair is vulnerable when it comes to heat and heat damage affects the hair tremendously. It can really be a set back to your growth or damage your hair permanently. I do heat blow my hair once or twice a year at a salon, just to see the real length of my hair. I would not recommend heating your hair regularly as this might affect your curls from bouncing back to their original state. I would also advice you to stay away from straightening your hair unless you really have to and I would do it once a year and do apply lots of oils to your hair to ensure recovery of your natural hair and curls.