I must admit, after my big chop last year, I began to neglect my hair. I would shampoo, condition, style and go. It’s easy to neglect your hair when it’s short by the way, but after you big chop is when you should be taking care of your hair the most. Especially if you plan on letting it grow. Well, my hair was not getting the proper moisture and TLC that it needed until a few months ago! I changed my wash day routine, became patient with it, and watched my hair transform. This new routine began to give my hair LIFE yall! Since changing my hair routine, my hair has been the healthiest it’s ever been…SERIOUSLY!
Below, is a step-by-step outline of my current wash day routine! Before we begin, I want to mention that these products can be used on any natural hair type/texture, providing necessary moisture to keep your hair hydrated and healthy.
- Pre Poo! Prior to shampooing my hair, I either use a mask to deep condition my hair or ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) rinse as a pre-poo (pre-shampoo). I rave about ACV pretty often, as it has multiple benefits for hair health as well as overall health. It’s one of my favorite natural products! Using AVC as a pre-poo helps to clarify the scalp and hair by removing any residue that shampoo alone may not be able to get rid of. ACV also balances hair/scalp pH, adds incredible shine to hair, defines curls, treats itchy/dry scalp and dandruff, reduces frizz, and reduces hair porosity. You may also notice hair growth as well as less breakage! It does smell, but don’t worry, the smell will be completely gone in a matter of minutes.
½ cup warm water
½ cup Bragg Organic apple cider vinegar (In the video tutorial, I use the…if you’re on a budget, use the great value brand from Walmart. This brand actually works better for me).
How to use:
Before you get into shower, pour both contents into a spray bottle and shake it well. Once in shower, wet your hair , tilt your head back, and spray mixture onto scalp and hair. Massage mixture onto scalp for 3 minutes using the balls of your fingers. Rinse out in shower with head tilted back to prevent mixture from touching your eyes! If gets into eye, immediately rinse because let me tell yall… it will burn for like 5 minutes! So please be careful.
- Shampoo! Lately, I’ve fallen in love with The Mane Choice’s Pink Lemonade & Coconut Shampoo. I only apply about a quarter size amount at roots, let the remaining shampoo fall to the ends of my hair, and rinse with warm water. No need to add more shampoo since we’ve already clarified with the ACV rinse!
- Condition! I use Aussie Extra Moist Conditioner which is one of the most moisturizing conditioners I have ever used! This conditioner makes me smile every time I use it! It has great slip, making the detangling process easy as pie. So you can stop here, but I like to take it one step further and double condition my tresses!
- Deep Condition! I like to use a mask such as the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment Mask, leave it in for 10-15 minutes, put a plastic cap over my hair, sit under a hooded dryer, and wash out with cool water.
- Leave in conditioner! One of my favs for the past year is Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Caster Oil Strengthen Restore Leave-in Conditioner! I apply about a quarter size about to each side and use a comb or Denman brush to fully distribute the product. My hair stays soft and moisturized until my next wash day!
- Seal ends! The last step is to seal in the moisture. Sealing locks in moisture for days or even weeks! I use my PrettyGirlsWithCurls Hair Oil to seal and retain moisture throughout the week. Using a small amount, I apply the oil to my hair and ends to keep my hair from breaking. No one wants breakage/split ends so seal those ends people!
- Style! My go to style is either wash and go or 2 french braids. the French Braids or easier to deal with throughout the week and also help with hair growth. I will discuss this in detail in another post!
It’s a simple as that! Check out the tutorial below and let me know if you like more videos and articles like this! Until next time PGWC squad!
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