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A Step by Step Wash Day Routine For Your Natural Hair

By nature, bathing days are one of the days we dread. Usually because giving your hair the TLC it needs requires many hours of removal, washing in sections, and cleansing the scalp. No matter how we look forward to our days of hair washing, the fact is that having dark and unruly hair or scalp can lead to shocks of hair growth and length. The best way you can get healthy, moisturized, shiny, and even long hair is to have an effective sun bath routine.

So, if you want to know what makes you have a good sun bath routine, here are some steps you can try within your hair wash day.

Step 1: Prepoo and remove your hair

Prepoo simply means preparing your hair with shampoo. You may be wondering, “What is the significance of this? Why should I prepare my hair shampoo?” The answer is simple: Most shampoos contain harsh ingredients like sulfates and paraben that can remove your hair from natural oils, leaving both your hair and scalp dry. If care is not taken, this can lead to fractures and general irritation of the scalp.

What makes a prepoo for your hair? A prepoo will help protect your hair from the harmful substances contained in the shampoo. To keep your hair and scalp hydrated, prepoo leaves your hair feeling soft even after you finish shampooing. Prepooing your hair again makes it easier to cut. Now, as a matter of fact, your hair should be covered properly before you start washing. In this way, your hair will not fall out and there will be less hair loss while you are bathing. 

What you need to get started

Wash cap/plastic bag

(Leave-in) conditioner or any fuel carrier of your choice

How to style your hair

First of all, break your hair into small pieces and braid freely. Doing this will help in finding the division of (leave-in) conditioner or oil in your hair.

Next, apply your (leave-in) conditioner or oil in each section from the roots to the ends so that your hair is completely covered.

Cover your hair with a bath cap and leave it inside for 5 – 10 minutes.

Then, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 2: Apply shampoo to your hair

After the first step, the next step is to wash your hair with shampoo. Now, for natural hair, it is recommended to avoid shampoos containing any type of sulfates. This is because sulfate shampoos are aggressive on the scalp and remove your hair from the natural oils, causing dryness and itching, among other things. Now, with your hair still in sections, apply shampoo to your scalp, step by step. It is better to use your fingers and not your nails to wash your hair. This is because moisturized scalp is at risk, so using your fingernails to scratch your scalp while washing can leave small scars and blemishes on it.

Step 3: Make a Rinse Tea

This is an important step in a day-to-day bath that some naturalistas often jump on when most of them do not even know about it. Neraki, you are reading this and so you will see how this works. Now, our natural hair growth is subject to breakage, breakage that occurs when hair falls out from the roots. You then notice that on the tip of the hair there is a small white spot. 

Although shedding is common, overpaying is a cause for concern. The reasons given include anxiety, carelessness of hair care, back problems, among others. Thus, by doing a tea wash, you can help reduce the amount that your hair sheds. Washing tea will also make your hair feel soft, manageable, and even enhance its shine.

Step 4: (Deep) Trim your hair

After using the tea wash, the next step is to use your regular conditioner or deep conditioner. Unlike shampoo when you look over your head, in makeup, look at your hair. So, make sure you use your (deep) conditioner from the roots to the ends of your hair for distribution. If you are using a regular conditioner, leave it between 5 – 7 minutes before washing out. If it is a deep conditioner, leave for about 15 minutes and cover with a washcloth before washing. Ideally, you should adhere to the time limit on the label of your deep conditioner.

Step 4: Dry your hair

After washing out the conditioner, dry your hair. You can do this with a T-shirt or microfiber towel. Therefore, you should not rub any of these on your hair as this can cause frizz in your hair. Instead, wrap a t-shirt or microfiber towel around your hair to absorb excess water. Then, leave your hair in the dry air for about 10 minutes before using the blower dryer. If you do not have a blow dryer, you can leave your hair in the dry air until it is completely dry.

Step 5: Install your leave-in conditioner

After drying your hair, apply your leave-in conditioner. The function of the leave-in-conditioner is to help your hair stay moist, prevent hair damage, and keep the strands closed. No, you do not have to wash this conditioner, which is why it is called leave-in!

Step 6: Oil, moisturize, and seal

Lastly, after you apply your leave-in conditioner, you should apply, moisturize, and strengthen your hair. First and foremost, moisturize your scalp with any light oil or solution to prevent dryness. At this stage, you should not use moisturizers on your scalp as this will block the pores of your scalp and cause build-up. Instead, after applying the oil, moisturize your hair strands with moisturizing hair and then apply moisturizing inside with any natural weight of your choice oil. The oil will keep it moist, and keep your hair moist for longer.

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