The day before my washing routine I prepare my hair for washing. Sometimes I skip this step process because of my busy lifestyle. However, I have faced the consequence of not following this process, unmanageability of my curls.

What I Use

  • My fingers or Denman Brush

  • Four hair clips or hair ties

  • Olive oil

  • Black castor oil

  • Rosemary oil

  • Mint oil

Step 1. Prepare the oil mix

It’s always tricky to estimate how much oil someone will need. In my case, I prepare a mixture which lasts roughly for a month. I use a 10ml bottle to store this mixture. Here are the proportions:

This mixture promotes my hair growth while making my hair feel thicker. Side note: in March 2015, the hairdresser thinned my hair out. Because of this, I regained the thickness (Thank God). Besides, your hair will become shiny and strong.

Step 2. Prepare hair for washing

I start the process of preparing your curls for the washing process the night before. First, I section my hair in four sections. Remember to keep the sections separated by tying them up with hair clips/ties, as shown in my picture.

Step 3. Finger detangle my hair

Apply the oil mixture to the hair and finger detangle the hair, starting from the ends all the way up to the roots. If you have many knots in your hair, I suggest using a Denman brush in order to facilitate this process.

After detangling all sections, I pull my hair up in four buns. Now my hair is completely detangled and ready for the washing process.

The Advantages

  • Less breakage

  • Oil mixture nourishes the hair

  • Increased manageability

The Disadvantages

  • Time investment required

  • Oils might be expensive depending on home country

How do you prepare your curly hair for washing?