Wunmi: My wash day routine

 2016-05-31 08:47 AM by
Wunmi: My wash day routine

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is how I wash my hair and how often. The latter question gets a simple response of every two to four weeks depending on how lazy I am while the first question can easily turn into a mini-essay detailing how I finger detangle, deep condition, shampoo, condition again then moisturise. This sounds like a lengthy process that probably takes my whole Sunday but worry not. With practice, I have been able to cut down the whole routine to under three hours max.

 

Because my tresses tend to get quite dry, my main aim on wash day is to infuse as much moisture as possible into my hair. This also explains why I have to deep condition, condition then moisturise my hair every time I wash. Leaving out any of these steps usually leaves my hair in a really unhappy funk.

 

The first two steps fall under my pre-poo routine, meaning  what I do before shampooing:

 

1) Finger detangling:  This means exactly what it says; taking out the tangles in your hair with your fingers. I first part my hair into four to six sections then work through each section, gently teasing out splits and knots and working from the tips into the roots. This is especially important after doing weaves and braids but even if my hair has just been in a bun. Once done, I run through each section with an afro comb and if it goes through easily, I usually take that as a sign that I have detangled successfully.

 

2) Deep condition: I then mix about two tablespoons each of olive oil and coconut oil with an over the counter hair treatment sachet (Dark & Lovely Cholesterol/ Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise) and apply generously to each section. I ensure that every single strand is so thickly coated in the mix that it is weighed down by it. I then wrap a plastic bag around my head (shower caps don't fit), then another normal scarf. If time is on my side, I leave this in my hair overnight and if not, for about an hour. This ensures that my hair is already soft and well moisturised before I shampoo.

 

3) Shampoo & Condition: This is usually the make or break step of my wash day routine.  I now know what works for me but during my journey of discovery, I would use the most stripping and drying shampoo I could find in an effort to get my hair squeaky clean. Disaster! After rinsing out the deep conditioning treatment, I use the Aussie Miracle Moist range to shampoo and then condition my hair, still working in sections. I only lather once to make sure I don't strip out all the goodness from the oils I put in Step 2 and I also focus on getting my roots clean and not so much the hair shaft which is usually clean after the shampoo runs down my hair.  I leave the conditioner in for about 5 minutes then rinse it out. As their website says, the Aussie Moist range is like an oasis in a dessert or an iced lemonade on a hot summer's day-for dry, thirsty and  parched hair. Many naturals swear by it and it is definitely a staple in my bathroom.

 

4) Moisturise: Once done, I don't towel dry my hair at all but immediately apply the Tressemme Moisture Rich conditioner to my hair as a leave-in (meaning I don't rinse it out).  This helps lock in the moisture from my wash and usually stops my hair dripping immediately. I then apply my koili butter generously through each section. The shea butter and oils here further help seal all the goodness from my wash before I then proceed to style or simply bun.

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