This is simply how to wash your natural hair right after you’ve taken it down from any hairstyle such as weaves, cornrows, braids etc.

So let’s run through a simple and brief wash process of detangling, washing, deep conditioning and moisturizing your natural hair to retain moisture and promote healthy hair growth.

1. Detangling

You’re just taking your hair down after a couple of weeks/months so your hair would be fragile and tangled as anything. Expect to shed, it happens (shedding is what you get when new hair strands outgrow the old ones. So the new strands push the old ones out of the scalp, hence shedding). It shouldn’t be excessive though – I’ll discuss that much later. When loosening your hair, be sure to use your fingers to detangle as you go. It would save you a headache when you’re trying to comb it all out. Use your fingers to carefully separate your hair strands, not a comb. Not yet. When you’re done detangling a portion, either tie it up or twist it.

2. Washing

Before I wash, I like to pre-poo with a hot oil treatment. You don’t have to do it, ha-ha. (Pre-poo means pre-shampoo. It’s what you do before you shampoo your hair). So I just heat up Shea butter and/or castor oil and/or coconut oil and while it’s warm and liquid, I part my hair and coat it with it. Then I massage it into my scalp, cover it with a shower cap, a couple of scarves and leave it for a while. This would allow the oil penetrate my hair strands. This restores moisture to my hair, hence preventing the shampoo from leaving my hair dry. By the time I remove the scarves and cap, my hair would be soft and lovely.

So back to washing, the process consists of three basic steps. Shampooing, conditioning and deep-conditioning. Several people like to include a protein treatment but I like to do them just twice a year.

Shampoo with a good shampoo. Expensive does not mean ‘good’, which is why I advise you to drop your search for Cantu and Shea Moisture products as they would eat into your pockets while doing the same thing a much cheaper brand would. After using a shampoo, slap that conditioner on. This is where the comb comes in.

Make sure it’s a wide-tooth comb so you won’t end up cutting your hair. Comb your hair with the conditioner still in it. Be careful and work in sections, it’ll be much easier.

Once you’re done, rinse that out and proceed to deep condition (if you’re just taking out a hairstyle, you can’t afford to skip this). Deep conditioning has so many benefits. It literally gives your hair life after all the pulling and manipulating you did when you had your weave/braid in. It’s nourishing, rejuvenating, and just plain necessary. Plus it makes your hair really soft and nice.

3. Deep conditioning

You can either buy a deep conditioner from your local store or you can buy the ingredients and make it yourself, but you might find that weird because the ingredients are food items. No-one wants to put food in their hair. I like to make mine though because I’m almost always broke. I won’t put any recipes here because this is supposed to be a short article, so wait on that. Put in your deep conditioner, cover your head with a shower cap, a scarf or the two and let sit for thirty minutes. Covering it with a scarf would allow heat circulate, hence opening your hair strands for the nutrients in the DC penetrate. Sitting under a hair dryer is another option, but we’re being realistic here. How many of us actually have a hair dryer at home or can afford one?

4. Moisturizing

After you’ve rinsed your deep conditioner out, proceed to moisturize your hair. You can use the LOC method (Liquid/Leave-in, Oil, Cream) for the best moisture results but if you’re lazy just like me, you can just wait till your hair is dry and run in some Shea butter and/or coconut oil.

That’s it.

I hope you’ve been able to learn how to wash your hair.