HOW I WASH MY HAIR: PRODUCTS AND TECHNIQUES: WASH DAY ROUTINE
Happy Saturday! Today is pamper and wash day for most people, so I thought to share my wash day routine these days with you.
Normally I have my hair in plaits for the most part of the month and wear wigs, so daily I get to moisturize my scalp and oil my edges. While this great the down side is product build up. I wash my hair every other week or once a month depending on my schedule.
I usually start my wash day process with a scalp lifter. This is just a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water ( Ratio) 1:5. So about a small cup of vinegar to 5 cups of water to dilute.
I put this in a tiny spray bottle, and spray my entire scalp with this. This mixture helps to lift dirt, flakes and oil build up. I leave this on for about 20 minutes and get on with other activities.
When I feel the vinegar has done its job I proceed with my Sebamed anti-dandruff shampoo, I like my scalp squeaky clean so this does the job, I have done a review about this shampoo on the blog HERE.
For this stage of washing I use very warm water.
Afterwards I go in with my black soap shampoo from shea moisture or my keratin shampoo from Spa-haus. I like the smell of these two products and their job is just to strengthen my hair and give it a nice smell. I also use warm water for this stage.
After rinsing out my hair, I apply a hot oil treatment. I have quite a couple but I used this the last time I washed my hair. It’s the restore +condition hot oil pouches. You simple place them in hot water and use after a minute. I apply this warm on my hair and rinse out after 15 minutes.
Once my hair is throughly rinsed out,I go in with my deep conditioner mixture. Which is a deep conditioner of choice and pure coconut oil. My favourite coconut oil brand was gifted to me by my friend from Belize. It’s so pure and the smell is distinct. I use either AS I AM hydration elation or Vitale olive oil deep conditioner.
I apply the deep conditioner and coconut oil on my hair generously, this restores moisture in my hair and strengthens it as a Protein treatment. I cover my hair with a plastic shower cap BUY HERE for 30minutes and rinse out with cold water.
After this I just apply a regular conditioner, but I really like this spa-Haus keratin oil conditioner, it smells so good! And keeps my hair supple. That sits for another 3-5 minutes. During this step, I detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb and twist it in sections.
I rinse out my hair still in twists (With cold water).
After this is done, I pat my hair dry with a towel, and apply a leave in treatment/ conditioner. Presently I use Cantu leave-in treatment. I unravel my twists, apply the product in the same section and twist again.
I oil my scalp with an essential oil like peppermint oil then my edges and nape with Jamaican black castor oil.
I let the hair dry naturally with all the products. I prefer to wash my hair in the evening, so by morning it’s all dry and stretched out.
For styling either I return to didi plaits or a bun. I often refresh my hair with a leave in, coconut oil and water mixture from a spray bottle (Buy bottle HERE ) or I just moisturise the tips of my plaits with the Cantu coconut curling cream. See how I do put my hair in a bun HERE.
And that’s my wash day routine! Takes me about an hour plus to complete, but I really enjoy the process. It’s my hair and I have to take care of it.
So let me know how is this different from your own techniques and which of these steps would you’d be willing to incorporate in your wash day routine.
Do share your thoughts below