As a natural, my hair has become the icebreaker whenever I meet people of color, especially those transitioning to natural hair. Most naturals complain that natural hair takes so much of their time and they were better off relaxed. I say it doesn’t have to be so time-consuming especially if you can streamline your processes and save time.
Here is what I mean:
Find a routine which is simple, which doesn’t cost you hours of your day. For instance, at first I used to apply a deep oil treatment before shampooing my hair, then deep condition, and then protective style to stretch.
I decided to remove deep oil treatment as I did not see any positive impact on my hair and kept the deep conditioning, which works much better for my time.
Find what works for you
I used to 2 strand twist my hair while wet to stretch it, this left my hair dry and created single strand knots. I still use the same products but changed to stretching by doing 2 French braids and I get silky stretched hair through this process. Two simple braids shaves off loads of time and my hair gets the stretch I need.
Find a style which serves a 2 fold process
For instance, I mentioned that I stretch my hair with 2 French braids then tie a head wrap to get my edges to lie down.
Afterwards, when my hair is air dried I can go out of the house and run errands; so my hair wash day does not confine me to staying indoors.
Do your own hair
I say this because I know naturals who go to the hairdressers for shampooing, deep conditioning*, and stretching or straightening their hair.
If you did it yourself you will save the time you will spend at the hairdressers. You can even multi-task if you do it at home. For example, I love to clean the house while my hair is deep conditioning*. In my opinion, that’s making good use of your time and money.
What do you do to save time with your hair care?