Like a lot people I know, washing my hair can be a bit of a drag. And having my natural texture, well it truly takes up my whole day. Wash day for me means that my day is completely booked off so it falls on whatever day I have off that week. Once a week I wake up, mentally prepare, and spend basically my entire day in the bathroom dealing with my hair.
I’ve had my hair natural for about three years now, and I am still learning and trying to figure out how to work with it. However I do have a few items I have found that make it a little more bearable. It is often covered in protective styles, whether that be braids, wigs or weaves, but for a few months out of the year I let it out to breathe.
Yes, I said it. Coconut oil. So many people love it, and so many others are against it. I’ve read the reasoning behind why so many are against it, and it makes perfect sense. From what I gather it has to do with the porosity levels of the hair shaft, and the fact that the oil is easily absorbed. HOWEVER, my hair seems to take a keen liking to it so I’m not going to fight it. At least not until I find something better. The best part is, you can find it at any old grocery store. I use it to detangle and in my pre-poo (before shampoo) along with some olive oil. I’ll either put it in the night before wash day, or the morning of and just let it sit for about an hour.
Okay so unconventional, but for good reason. It has eggs, vinegar and oils. The eggs are good for protein, the vinegar to help cleanse product build up (I go back in with ACV- apple cider vinegar later in the wash as well) and the oils to help hydrate and nourish the hair. I usually mix it with my leftover oils from the pre -poo step, and some conditioner. Sometimes I’ll even add honey if I feel like my hair needs a little extra love and I use that concoction as a deep conditioning mask after my shower. I also like how its creamy texture is absorbed by the hairSo I don’t use it every time I wash my hair, but when I’ve had it in a style for too long and want to give it some extra love. Again a plus that you most likely already have it your kitchen.
As I Am Coconut Cowash.
Now this! This has got to be the absolute best on this list for me. The story of how I came to find this gem. I walked into Cloré Beauty Supply with a friend after work and we were both looking into replacing some old fave’s and finding something new. My friend ended up chatting up one of the employees and asked her for a recommendation. She said the she used the cowash every time she washed her hair, and used black soap every couple of weeks to really cleanse the hair. There was a point she said to touch her hair to feel how the products were working for her, and I kid you not when I say it was a heartwarming experience of pure aw and disbelief. This girls hair was as soft as butter, I could not fathom how that was possible with such rich coils on her head. I can’t tell you how fast we dropped those jars into our baskets. The great thing is I was not disappointed at all when I used it myself. Even during application I felt as though it was melting right into the hair. It truly does leave the hair softer, and with proper detangling a lot smoother.
At the end of about 14 hours, my hair is in twists and I’m set for bed. Once I take those out my hair is soft, fluffy, and ready to face the world! In my wash day routine post I go into detail about the steps and why it takes me so long.
Thanks for reading, and let me know what your hair essentials are and why. Also curious how long it takes for other people to wash their hair.