I don’t know about you, but wash day is my least favorite part of taking care of my curly hair. In order to make this process less stressful, here are some recommendations to help you have a smooth and easy wash day.
- Detangle before washing: Before you start washing, detangle your curls. You can use an oil or detangler to help work through knots with your fingers or a wide toothed comb.
- Prepoo: Have you noticed your curls tend to be dry after shampooing? Help stave off dryness by coating your strands with coconut oil before showering. Coconut oil will protect your hair from being overly saturated with water and help manage damage.
- Watch the temperature: When you’re washing your curls, consider how hot the water is. Washing your curls in hot water can dry them out, so try to use lukewarm or cool water for cleansing curls. Before you get out, saturate your curls with cold water to help close down the shaft.
- Skip the shampoo: Consider cowashing instead. Shampoos can strip natural curls of moisture and oils, which can make for a straw like consistency. Instead, pick up a cowash or make your own to get clean curls without damage.
- Avoid sulfates: Some of us just can’t give up the lather of a shampoo (guilty as charged!). If you must shampoo, make sure you’re using one that doesn’t have sulfates.
- Section curls: Before washing, make sure you’ve sectioned out your curls. This will allow you to focus on cleansing each area individually and help keep tangles to a minimum. Use duck billed clips to help keep your hair sectioned and release each section as you need it for cleansing.
- Don’t style while wet: If your curls are delicate or prone to breakage, try to avoid adding product and styling while they’re still soaking wet. Instead, use a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt to squeeze excess water from your hair and then style damp curls.
- Finish up: Finish your wash day by using a good quality leave in conditioner. This will help replace any lost moisture and make it easier to style your curls.