In my experience, deep conditioners take a while to work their magic. It is for this reason I choose to leave mine on my hair overnight and wash it out in the morning.
Now, I understand some of you ladies do not have a lot of time so using heat with your deep conditioner* is an option as well.
Deep conditioning* before the washing process also helps loosen some of the tangles that are still caught in your hair. Your hair will thank you when you do it this way! (Not to mention the much added moisture your hair is craving especially for us natural divas).
It will be as if your tangles melted away completely leaving you with soft manageable hair. Whatever you do, do not skip out on your deep condition treatments.
Start at your roots and work down (Shampoo & Oiling)
Believe it or not there is a proper way to shampoo. You do not want to pile all your shampoo on the top of your hair and scrub. Nor do you want to apply the shampoo to your strands.
Instead, the shampoo is meant to be applied to your scalp. Massage your scalp during this process to remove any dirt and the water will work the rest of the shampoo down your hair. You will be surprised at how much shampoo you will save!
This same technique applies when you are doing hot oil treatments or just oiling your scalp in general.Your roots are what need the nutrients and a clean environment for the rest of your hair to flourish.
Conditioner is your friend
My ‘conditioner-holics’, you have nothing to be ashamed of! Keeping your hair moisturized is vital to its success. Now, I am not saying you have to go through a bottle every wash day.
That can get ridiculously expensive. However, you don’t have to be shy when it comes to using it. Conditioner is the best thing that will help you detangle your hair while in the shower, in turn causing you less breakage.
I’m not saying every conditioner out there is a holy grail – you have to find one that provides good slip for your hair. Some of my favorites are: Tresemme Naturals, Nexus Humectress, and V05 Moisture Milks (very budget friendly).
If your conditioner does not provide the slip your hair needs, you can find yourself running into more problems than what you started with.
Your wash day should not be a dreadful event. I know it can get discouraging, but you have to try to make it as easy on yourself as possible.
For me, the most dreaded part of my wash day is seeing the amount of hair shed after I have my hair in a protective style for two weeks at a time. It is very annoying, but finding ways to minimize those hair strands down the drain is what keeps me motivated. What is the hardest part of your wash day?