Wash day for me used to be one of the most daunting tasks because I literally had to set aside a whole day for it. Follow these tips to learn what I do to make wash day a little less time consuming:
1. Keep Hair Stretched
I’ve found that keeping my hair in a stretched state as much as I can will help make cleansing so much easier than if I let my hair shrink prior to wash day and I’m done much quicker. This helps keep the hair already somewhat detangled and will cut the time you’ll need to spend on that part of the process.
Again, you want to keep your hair as detangled as possible so you’re not fighting with it later. Washing your hair in as many sections as you feel you need to be effective will help keep it manageable and less likely to curl up on itself.
3. Wash Your Hair in the Shower
This is great if you’re a multi-tasker, like myself. Sticking my head in the sink to get my hair washed as a little girl was the norm in my house every weekend. And I’m sure many of us still do this.
But the idea of cleansing my hair while standing in the shower was the best thing to happen to me and makes sense. As the shower water runs down the strands, you can follow the flow of the water and easily run your fingers through to detangle while rinsing.
Know what products you’ll be using and have them on-hand. Keep your shampoo and conditioner in the shower as well as your deep conditioner* if that’s something you know you’ll use regularly.
Lay out your leave-in conditioner*, oils*, butters* or stylers so you can put your hand on them once your shampooing and conditioning is done.
If you plan to use hair tools like a hair steamer* or hair dryer*, put them in a place where you can get to it quickly along with your styling products. The idea is to keep the flow going as you go straight from washing to styling. The worst thing is getting to wash day and realizing that you’re out of products.
You don’t always have to wash your hair with shampoo every wash day. When I want to get a good cleanse in, but may be strapped for time, co-washing is key. It’ll get your hair clean and moisturized.
How do you cut down the time you spend on your hair on wash day?
Glynis Byrd says
Yes, it does. (4C)
ladee neenah says
No it doesn’t. I’m also 4c, coarse, dense and just above shoulder length and it takes a max of 4 hours if I do a DIY DC. If you think about it. most of the time is spent either detangling or letting a product, usually a DC sit on your hair. If you plan the process in advance and are efficient, it doesn’t have to take forever.
Soraja Savira says
No it doesn’t (4c)
Glynis Byrd says
Yes, it does (4C). : )