Ladies, wash day does NOT need to consume your whole day! I can’t be the only naturalista with a life! I don’t want to devote a full day to my hair as much as you don’t, so follow along as I take you on my path of not wasting a full day to wash your hair…It is just not necessary.
1. I start off with this Ojon product that I love, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment! It’s an oil that you put on your dry hair at least 20 minutes prior to your regular wash routine. I usually give it more time than that. Sometimes I even wear it overnight! (usually because I’ve forgotten about it). I find that it really makes the hair soft and nice. LOVE it! It’s a tad more on the pricey side, but definitely worth it. You don’t need much so I find that it lasts long.
2. I rarely shampoo my hair. Yep, I said it. I’m more of a conditioner girl. Co-washing as it’s called. Instead of using shampoo to strip my hair of all of the natural oils it creates, I use conditioner. I find it still cleanses my hair, but keeps it nice and moisturized. And…you don’t have to shell out big money for those fancy conditioners that claim to do this and that. I find that your typical cheap white girl moisturizing conditioner works just as well. One of my favs is Aussie Moist. It moisturizes, smells awesome and is literally a couple of dollars (which makes you feel less guilty when you’re using a whole bunch!). So I lather in my conditioner, leave it in for a few minutes, then rinse it out.
3. Next, I towel dry (everyone has been raving about this T shirt drying…I just haven’t yet found a T shirt I don’t need yet…either way, I don’t think it’s necessary as I’m not rough when I towel dry. I literally pat my hair with the towel on it and/or squeeze a bit, just to get out excess water. You always want some moisture still in your hair. Hair should be damp, not dry.
4. NaturallyMia’s LOC Method: This is when I do my version of the LOC method (Liquid/Lotion/Leave-in – Oil – Cream). In a spray bottle I mix some thick conditioner, oil(s) (i.e. coconut oil, castor oil, argon oil), and water…a lot of water. Shake it up and voila! There’s my version of of the “L”. I spray this in my hair until its fairly wet again…hair shouldn’t be dripping, but it should be a little more than damp. Next, I oil it up with a light oil, usually either coconut oil or argon oil (or a mixture of both). Then I seal it with a cream. I usually use a thick leave in conditioner (i.e. Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream). You can also use natural raw shea butter (whipped), which I find is too heavy for my hair, so I usually mix it with some coconut oil to lighten it a bit.
5. Now it’s time for that good ole’ detangling. You choose what works best for you. As much as I love the idea of finger detangling, I really don’t have the patience, time, or arm strength for it. So I usually do a very basic finger detangling while I’ve sectioned off my hair and then will go over it with a wide toothed comb or denman brush – I’ve taken out every other row of bristles in my denman brush. As you’re detangling, ensure that you’re starting from the ends (holding the roots with your free hand) then working your way up to the roots. This shouldn’t be too difficult as the LOC method while still wet makes hair smooth and easier to detangle…especially if you’d taken out any big tangles with your fingers.
6. Now feel free to style as you wish. I usually parade around in my now shrunken fro, so it dries a bit naturally. Then, the latest, simple thing I’ve been doing is sectioning my hair into four sections, stretching it with a scrunchie/hair tie, then braiding it. That gives it some stretch and looser curls. It’s quick and easy, which definitely works for me. If I’m not in the mood for that, I just go about my day and it’s a quick, simple wash and go!
Let me know what you guys do, if you’re going to try this, if you’ve tried it and what you find. I find that my hair is soooooo nice and soft! It feels well moisturized and I don’t have to do much to it again for a good while. I also find that it helps to better define my curls. Share your results with us!