Your Curly Hair Needs a Schedule
Choose your hair-wash days and keep it on a schedule.
I typically wash my hair a day before an important (public appearance) day, like Tuesdays and Saturdays (before Church meetings and Sunday – a day dedicated to Hubs). A Thursday is optional for me; unless it really needs washing, I refrain myself or just do water-only mid-week wash. You don’t have to agree with everything I have to say so here are 7 Convincing Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Hair Every Day.
On a side note, you must know that (unless you sweat profusely) unwashed hair does not smell at all. It has your natural smell and men are attracted to that too 🙂
So be confident and to let your hair secrete all those natural oils, without any other intervention and keep it healthy.
Wavy or Curly Hair Washing Options
You can take your pick from a variety of options. Remember that any change you bring to your routine will usually take a while before your hair starts to accept it. So be patient; try and see what method works best for you before you settle on a preferred method.
- NO-POO – This method uses only natural ingredients; saying no to shampoo or conditioner for your hair.
- LOW-POO – This method uses commercial organic shampoo or conditioner which has very low concentration of chemicals.
- CO – This is Conditioner Only. Yes, you can use just conditioner to wash your hair. This is my preferred method!
- WO– This is Water Only method wherein there is absolutely no intervention of any products, be it commercial or organic. I followed this for the first year of my daughter’s life and I highly recommend this for all babies.
OK, now concentrate – this is the juice
How to WASH Curly Hair
Stand under the shower while the water gently pours over your hair.
If you prefer to bathe, then gently pour water over your hair. Do this WITHOUT violating your hair – like when we woosh-and-swish the hair all over the place, trying very hard to get it all wet. NO. Stop that.
Get a nice big blob of organic shampoo or conditioner on your FINGER TIPS.
Massage your scalp
While the water runs through your hair. Be careful not to disturb the curls, just focus on the scalp. Doing this will get you all that stimulation you’d miss from those 200-strokes of combing hair ritual you had stopped doing. Besides, it will leave your hair feeling soft too.
Get all the conditioner or shampoo out of your hair. Continue massaging while it rinses.
Get a nice big blob of conditioner on your PALM
Spread the blob on both your palms and then coat your outer layer- the top layer of your hair. Get all your hair to one side and then gently run your fingers through your hair. Doing this with the conditioner would help remove any knots.
Use that Wide-tooth Comb now
I just use my fingers, but using a comb at this point would help spread all that conditioner evenly throughout your hair.
Now do the other stuff in your shower
Cleanse your body, shave, have sex, or masturbate with your spouse, whatever it is that you typically do, do it after you’ve got all that conditioner in your hair.
Step AWAY from the shower
Yes, take a few steps away and stand right in front of the shower. Collect water in your palm and shove it on your forehead/top of the head area. Do this three times. This will help get all that “extra” conditioner out so you won’t feel your hair sticking to your scalp later.
That’s it. For the shower/washing part at least.
Curly Hair Tips
Wash it twice weekly
Ok maybe thrice, but that’s the maximum limit. When you limit the number of times you wash you hair, you are keeping in and locking in all the moisture and the natural oils that your curly hair needs to thrive, and look shiny.
Use organic shampoo and conditioner
Yes! By all means. Curly hair already has wide pores in the texture and when you use products that contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Alcohol, Fragrance – all this gets trapped inside your hair, causing further damage.
After-wash care for curly hair is a must.
Don’t assume that washing and conditioning is enough, once you are out of the shower you need something more to lock in that moisture again. A dab of coconut oil, an organic haircare product or even a small blob of lube goes a long way.
Water-spray on no-wash days
Yes, when you wake up in the morning, or a few times during the day ensure you get some water on your palms and gently scrunch your curls. Water gives it that immediate moisture and shine. But not too much! Or you risk disturbing the flow of the curls.