The four words in this title can cause many black women anxiety because it can feel like an all day task to wash, condition, and style our hair. And for many black women it’s not just a feeling, it’s real life. Black hair when it is in its natural state, no relaxers or texurizers to straighten it, can be a task when it comes to this subject. I have been natural now for 8 years and over the years I have learned different things about my hair and natural hair in general that have made “wash days” easier to manage so I want to share that with you all today.
There are many different options you can use as far as washing and conditioning your hair. You can use a co-wash, which is a conditioner that is made to be able to use alone as both shampoo and conditioner. This option is popular among the natural hair community because black hair is often very dry, especially natural hair, and shampoos can strip your hair and make it even drier. Because I recently had braids and took them out I knew I needed something more powerful for cleaning my hair than a co wash so I decided to use my shampoo, Shea Moisture 10-in-1 Renewal Shampoo. I also decided to use this shampoo because it is good for color protection and I dyed my hair black after taking those braids out.
I recently bought some more essential oils from Walmart which has become a new passion of mine (Check out my article on that here: Testing uses for essential oils). These oils called Palmer’s Natural Fusions Shine & Hydration DIY Cocktail Kit are three oils that when put together help your hair with shine and hydration as mentioned in the name. You can add it to your shampoo, conditioner, straight to your hair, etc. I decided to add 3 drops of each oils to my shampoo and conditioner.
After washing my hair I decided to use Bella Curls Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Masque which I recently bought at the Dollar General because my hair still needed some extra moisture and protection after being in braids for about a month. I applied 3 drops of the oils to the conditioner just as I did the shampoo.
Through the years of dealing with my hair and research I learned of a common method black women with natural hair use after washing/conditioning their hair to add more moisture and it’s called the LOC method. LOC stands for leave in conditioner, oil, and cream. In that order you add those products to your hair. For the leave in conditioner I used Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream which is great for really dry or damaged hair so I use it a couple of time a week. For the oil I have an old bottle used for hair oil which I now replenish with whatever oils I have around whether it be olive, coconut, tea tree, eucalyptus, or the cocktail kit I just purchased. So I then applied the oil directly into my scalp and then put some throughout the rest of my hair. For the last step I used Bella Curls Coconut Creme Curl Defining Creme.
There are a plethora of ways to style natural hair but my favorite of them all is the twist out. That is where you twist your hair and then when you take the twist out your hair has big, defined curls. One reason for this hairstyle is because and issue many black women with natural hair deal with is shrinkage. And that means that when your hair dries, it shrinks down and it doesn’t look as big or long as your hair actually is. I did a rushed version of this style so I didn’t get the full effect but I will make another post one day showing exactly how I do my twist out. For this day I used the curl defining creme I mentioned earlier to do the twist. I separated my hair into big chunks, added the product, and twisted my hair. Usually I do smaller twist and keep them in longer but I was short on time so I did them chunkier and kept them in for about an hour. It didn’t give my defined curls but it did stretch my hair out and make it look bigger. To give my hair some more defined curls, I used one of my FAVORITE day-to-day products called Cantu Comeback Curl Next Day Curl Revitalizer. This product is a saving grace and something EVERY black women with natural hair should have. You spray it in your hair and it brings out your natural curls and leaves your hair shiny, soft, and curly! It’s also nice for when your twist out is starting to look stale as a good refresher.
I hope this article helps someone along their natural hair journey. But I also want to know what are some methods you use on those dreadful “wash days”. Please comment below and don’t forget to follow my blog by pressing the follow button at the bottom of this page.