by Farirai Macheka

What is the best washday routine for natural hair? More often than not, we look at washdays as a tedious and time-consuming exercise. That said, a rigorous wash routine is an essential part of growing strong, healthy hair. By nature, natural hair has high porosity. This high porosity can either be a genetic property or the result of damage caused by chemical processing and heat application, among other environmental factors. Highly porous hair tends to absorb too much moisture, which typically results in tangling and frizz. High porosity hair also tends to loose moisture easily, resulting in dryness.

Your hair and scalp need to be cleansed and hydrated about once a week. If you lead a highly active lifestyle, then co-wash in between your washdays. Washdays are essential for hair growth because they remove product build-up; sebum and dead skin cells, as well as unwanted debris.

Everyone’s hair is different; therefore you should develop your own washday routine. However, every washday should include these basic steps:

Prepoo (which is a acronym for pre-shampooing) is an important first step of your washday routine. Apply a moisturising oil to your hair before cleansing. Prepoo is a treatment that adds moisture to your hair and prevents dryness while cleansing your hair. When you pre-treat or pre-poo natural hair with coconut oil, argan oil, shea butter and castor oil, it is less likely to break post washing. Some oils are unlikely to protect against hygral fatigue, so it’s important that you perform due diligence about specific oils that you’re planning to use. In addition, if one’s hair is naturally oily or greasy there may be no need to apply additional oil.

Have you ever seen those shampoo commercials on TV? You know, the ones where a model is lathering shampoo all over her hair? Yeah, don’t do that. Treat your hair to a clarifying sulphate-free shampoo that will not strip it of moisture. The root of your hair, just by the scalp, tends to be dirty. So, focus your energy there! When shampooing your hair, work in sections and take extra care into massaging your scalp to remove product build-up. When you’ve covered your whole scalp, let the water (and suds) flow down your strands. Your hair will still be clean without that dry, squeaky clean feeling. And the pre-poo you added before will be an extra layer of protection.

After thoroughly rinsing out the shampoo, follow up with a moisturising conditioner. Focus on applying the conditioner on your hair and then use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair. Once you're done, rinse out the conditioner with cold water.

Divide your hair into 4 sections and then apply a generous amount of deep conditioner to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic and allow the deep conditioner to sit in your hair for about 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse out and then proceed to dry your hair.

At the end of the day, there's nothing more important to a natural than moisturized coils. And moisture starts with your wash day routine!

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by Farirai Macheka


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