Ask any natural about her wash day and you are bound to get a long sigh, a sad chuckle, or notice that she is rolling her eyes. Wash days for naturals can be downright stressful due to the sheer time and energy it takes to get through them.
I myself have been known to put them off because I just wasn’t up for the challenge. Of course I regretted it later as I worked through my tangles but even with that, the reality of my wash day and how long I am in the shower makes me put it off all over again.
We are all unique and we have different hair types but many of us have similar routines when it comes to washing our hair. Additionally whether you are sporting a TWA or rocking bra-strap length hair we might have similar challenges as well. However there are ways to achieve super quick wash days without consuming your entire afternoon, here are 6 tips for doing just that.
► Detangle before washing – Lets face it, detangling is a doozy when it comes to wash day, so one of our major suggestions would be to detangle outside of the shower. Not only does this save you time, but it saves water and money. Not to mention if you only detangle in the shower you can feel rushed especially if the water starts to get cold.
We would also suggest applying oils* or cheap conditioners to your hair while detangling before the wash so that detangling is much easier especially when using a detangling tool like a comb or denman bush. This saves time in the shower and saves your hair from breaking which is the ultimate no no.
► Leave out unnecessary treatments – If time is of the essence, forget your prepoo, tea rinses and fancy treatments. Even though we might find these things necessary, skipping them every now and again won’t kill us.
We don’t always have the time to give to wash days and while cleansing and conditioning are essential some techniques are just not. You know what your hair needs and when it needs it so if things are going smoothly and you just don’t have the time for extra then skip it and catch it on the next wash day.
Christy Alex says
I found this article extremely helpful. The part that really hit home for me was the planning ahead. I know that I love my special treatments and if they aren’t already pre-mixed and ready to go my wash day will turn into two-day washes.
Nice read. Find this post very helpful. Thank you for posting this. Have a great day!