If you’ve got a head full of curls, kinks, or coils, then you know that wash day is an event. You block out your calendar and prepare to spend hours in the bathroom going toe-to-toe with your crown. From shampoo to styling, and all the steps in between, getting your hair fresh and clean is a labour of love.
Since you won’t always be able to leave your scalp and tresses in the hands of a professional stylist every time your hair needs to be washed, there are a few things you can try to make your next wash day a little less challenging:
Add a step BEFORE the shampoo
We know adding a step to your routine doesn’t sound like simplifying it, but this step takes just a few extra minutes at the start of your wash day and will save you tons of time on detangling. We’re talking about pre-pooing!
Pre-pooing is the process of applying a conditioner, oil, or hair butter to your hair before you shampoo and allowing it to sit on your hair for about 20 minutes. This moisturizes, smooths, and softens your curls, meaning way less tangling when you shampoo.
Divide and conquer
Got big, thick, high-volume hair? If you’re tackling it in one go, you’re making your job much harder than it needs to be. Give yourself the upper hand by dividing your hair into smaller sections—four to six usually works well, depending on the thickness of your hair—and twist or loosely braid each one.
As you go through the steps of your typical wash day routine, handle the sections one at a time. This is especially helpful for detangling and blowdrying, because you’ll have less hair to pass combs, detangling brushes, and blow dryer attachments through, sparing your arms and your scalp a whole lot of pain.
Learn the laws of detangling
Detangling is arguably the hardest and most painful part of washing natural-textured hair. A miserable detangling session is the reason our co-founder Talia went from fro to fade and never looked back. But if you’re not prepared to take such drastic measures, there are other ways to make detangling way easier.
Start by making sure you detangle soaking wet hair that’s drenched in conditioner. Choose a wide-toothed comb or a special detangling brush like the Denman or Tangle teezer to avoid yanking or tearing stubborn knots. And never detangle from the roots—always start at your ends and work your way up.
Follow these tips to cut some of the struggle out of washing your hair, so you can enjoy that feel good freshness faster. Need to find a great pre-poo or detangling brush? Want to have a professional handle your next wash day? Check out our haircare listings to find the best haircare brands and stylists in your city.