I've been gone from the beauty section of Q.A.C for a bit, but before I wrap up my natural hair beauty series, I wanted to be sure that I talked about how I tackle wash day! Now, like many naturalistas, wash day is often this long dreaded part of the week, and as it grows, the task sometimes becomes even more arduous. Thankfully, after nearly 9 years natural (6 of which I actually knew what I was doing LOL), I've mastered my wash day down to a science. Now like all of my hair posts for this series, I'm going to try and keep this demo short and brief.
I've mentioned a few of my hair handling tips previously in my post - 6 Tips for Starting Your Natural Hair Journey, so I won't mention them again, but you are more than welcome to check it out! What I do want to mention are a few key strategies when cleansing my hair
Washing & Products
- My hair absolutely loves to dry out. To combat this I only wash my hair with shampoo once per month. All other times, I'm cleansing my hair with moisture rich conditioners. This process is call "co-washing."
In the past, I was a staunch supporter of Shea Moisture. Their products have done wonders and have grown my hair to the health & great lengths you see today. However recently, I began using Burt's Bees conditioning products to add a bit more hydration to my hair routine. While not often used in the black natural hair community, I think this brand definitely deserves a 2nd look. I've used these products in the past and their moisture content is amazeballs! ... Perfect for kinky / coily textures which tend to always need a moisture boost! Plus? Burt's Bees products are over 93% natural. Double win for me, as my hair and scalp are super sensitive to chemicals due to eczema.
Now some might wonder how I get away with washing my hair with actual shampoo only once per month. Honestly, its because I use so little styling products in my hair. When I do shampoo, I still use Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. Not only does it keep my hair moist, but having no sulfates or parabens in this product keeps my hair from drying out and becoming brittle after the shampoo does it's job of clarifying my hair.
Handling & Length Retention
Whenever I handle my hair, I always use my fingers ... detangling my strands and constantly smoothing my hair in a downward motion. I've stopped combing my hair for a number of years now, only using them to either remove intense knots my fingers (and tons of slippery conditioner) cant unravel or when I'm blowing out / flat-ironing my hair. Without the constant pulling of combs on my strands, I've been able to retain so much of my length. I'm currently just past waist length! ... Photos taken while removing my latest protective style "Marley twists."
Curl Pattern & Cleansing
Rather than make some super long post on what I actually do with my hair, why not show you? The following is just a quick video showcasing how I handle my hair and the way I layer on the conditioners ... detangling and removing shed hair as I go (with some great inspirational music LOL). The back sections of my hair have a bit of a looser, curlier texture ... while the sides and top have a coarser, more afro-like texture, with little to no curl pattern at all. In both cases, I treat the sections the same ... Gently moving slowly through each small section, smoothing as I go. After detangling, I hop in the shower .. add a bit more conditioner .. then rinse completely Now that i've reached waist length ... The journey to hip-length hair is on!
Thanks for watching! If you ANY questions for me on my hair journey or the products I use (and why), feel free to use the comment section below to connect with me! As always, before length goals, health hair should always be top priority. Remember, hair growth is a process ... A journey of discovery (for yourself and your hair). While the path may seem tedious or just plain difficult, don't give up ... Everyday is a step toward achieving your hair goals!