4 Tips For A Hassle-Free Wash Day

wash day

My wash days and I have a love and hate relationship. They either go smoothly or have me wishing I would have gone to a salon to have someone else deal with my hair.

I would become frustrated with my hair if things were not going as planned. As a result I would begin to lose ungodly amounts of hair (mostly shedding but there was breakage too), which was defeating the purpose of why I went on my hair journey to begin with. It is no secret that when you are in a time crunch, you should not take it out on your hair.

Detangle before you wash

One of the things that I am glad to have learned during my hair journey (my natural one in particular) is that it is best to detangle before you wash.

Yes, I know what you are thinking. Yet another step added to the long grueling process of wash day. Trust me, this will save you time in the long run.

If you wait to detangle after the whole process, you will find yourself having more knots and tangles than what you started with.


A good rule of thumb, is to not detangle on bone dry hair. Instead, opt for a nice oil (coconut or olive oil will do), to make the process a less daunting task.

I like to detangle with my fingers before a wash as shedding is minimal and I can feel around to exactly where in my hair needs attention. This works better for me as compared to using a comb to start things off.

You must know that there is only ONE right way to detangle your hair. Despite, what you may have seen in salons or what you’ve seen your mama do, you need to start at the ends and work your way up.

Do not start detangling from the top, or in the middle of the hair shaft. That’s just begging for your hair stands to snap left and right. Starting at the top or middle will only create bigger knots in your hair at the end. Now who wants that?

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About Erickah


Hi, my name is Erickah and I am a 22 year old college student with a love of graphic design, marketing, teaching, and hair care. I have been on my hair journey since 2009, and what a ride it has been. My hair has been through many stages of relaxed, transitioning, to where I am currently - Natural. I believe regardless of whether a woman is relaxed, texlaxed, or natural, the goal is healthy hair.

About Erickah


Hi, my name is Erickah and I am a 22 year old college student with a love of graphic design, marketing, teaching, and hair care. I have been on my hair journey since 2009, and what a ride it has been. My hair has been through many stages of relaxed, transitioning, to where I am currently - Natural. I believe regardless of whether a woman is relaxed, texlaxed, or natural, the goal is healthy hair.

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Hey Erica,
You know your stuff. Keep the articles coming.

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Sorry I misspelled your name Erickah

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