Can we break the rules sometimes? Like seriously!?
With natural hair, there are so many rules and regulations that it’s hard to keep up, and we feel terrible if we break one – almost like its the end of the world. However, many of us have the same busy lifestyle we had before natural hair and that won’t change any time soon.
Some of us women are going through life changes like pregnancy and lack the energy it takes to do the regular natural hair routine every wash-day, *raises hand*. Personally, the last thing I want to do as I carry around this big belly is to touch my hair.
Also, there are women with children or those who have super demanding work and school schedules, that just don’t have the time for a long drawn out regimen. It’s simply not possible to ‘make time’ if your life has changed.
So, does this mean that you are excused from caring for your hair and should neglect your hair and let it be a dry, brittle, tangled mess? Absolutely NOT! This simply means that you will be tweaking your hair care regimen a bit to work with your current lifestyle, while keeping your hair healthy.
We need to figure out ways to give our hair the simple things that it needs while maximizing the most benefit. To be totally honest, natural hair only takes forever to care for if you let it.
The goal is a healthy head of hair, so we have to prevent breakage and keep our hair clean and moisturized. The natural hair bible states that we should pre-poo then shampoo/co-wash then condition and deep condition and moisturize and protect and all that jazz, but what if we broke some of those rules? Here is how:
You can skip the pre-poo!
If you do not pre-poo your hair every wash day, you will not damage your hair, despite what you have been told. Sure, if you can find the time to pre-poo each wash day, then please do so, but don’t feel bad if you can’t.
Instead, try washing your hair with water first. Washing your hair with water is extremely important if you are skipping the pre-poo step.
1. Stand under the shower and let the warm water run through your hair until it’s completely saturated.
2. After which, you should start massaging your scalp to loosing up any oils* and gunk on your scalp.
3. Gently palm your hair to allow the warm water to remove some of the oil and debris and soften up the hair for the shampoo process.