Washing your hair is one of the basic ways to care for it. However, if you’re like many others with natural hair, you probably don’t look forward to wash day. Wash day to many naturals means dryness and manipulation, which results in damage and breakage. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a wash day that is gentle on your hair as well as nourishing. The following are some tips you can include in your wash day for a gentle wash day.
- Start with detangling – One of the reasons why wash day is so difficult and results in breakage is that many people go into their wash day with tangled hair. To avoid this, start your wash day by detangling your hair. Apply some conditioner or oil to your hands for some slip and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair.
- Pre-poo – Does your hair get really dry after washing? You can protect it from losing all its natural oils by pre-pooing your hair. Coconut oil is a great option for this. Apply coconut oil to your hair to prevent the hair from being stripped of its natural oils. You can apply the oil a few hours to beginning your wash routine or the night before your wash day.
- Use a gentle shampoo – Co-washing is a great way to ensure your hair remains hydrated. However, it isn’t always effective at cleansing your hair. You may end up with a lot of buildup. Invest in a gentle shampoo from a natural shampoo brand. These shampoos don’t have the harsh ingredients that strip your hair of natural oils. They are also quite effective for cleansing.
- Deep condition often – You should also invest in natural deep conditioners to hydrate your hair and improve its manageability. Deep conditioning will help to make the detangling process much easier, therefore protecting your hair from damage.
Not looking forward to wash day? Use the tips above for a gentle wash day.