Life is filled with tedious but necessary tasks. As a lazy natural, washday is high on my list. During various points in my natural life, the amount of time to cleanse, detangle, and style my hair has stretched out in front of me like a vast, empty wasteland. I’ve spent as many as eight hours in a stretch on my quest for healthy, full curls and coils. Luckily, those days are long gone. While I haven’t yet figured out how to spend, say zero time on my regimen (if anyone has this covered, please let me know), I have streamlined the process to two hours or less from start to finish. Here’s how I keep washday as simple and painless as possible.
My elaborate ritual of washing, deep conditioning, detangling, moisturizing, and styling is a monthly affair. I co-wash in between to keep sweat, dirt, and tangles at bay. I make an appointment with myself to get the job done without interruptions or distractions. Dedicating time for your hair is half the battle.
Before beginning my shampoo, I saturate my hair with a sexy cocktail of oil, cheap conditioner (Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner for the win), and gently remove any knots, mats, and tangles. I never attempt to detangle without first saturating my strands. As a tender headed American, combing my hair dry has never brought me anything but headaches and tears. After quickly running my fingers through my curls, I divide my hair into four sections to prepare for washing.
3. Cleansing in sections
It might seem like cleansing your hair in multiple sections would add time to a washday regimen, but I’ve found that parting my tresses into four quadrants cuts down on both the time and tangles. After dousing my head with water, I use a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo such as SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo. I apply the shampoo to my scalp and work it in with my fingers. I then massage the shampoo down the length of each twist without unraveling, and rinse. This takes approximately 10 minutes.