Remember the #30DayHairDetox I wrote about last week?
I have been reading more about it and watching videos and I have been unlearning a lot of things about natural hair and how to make my hair happy. It has been a profound experience and in as much as I was fighting a number of things, I came to the realization that everything does make sense.
First things first, dry hair is hair without moisture. For most of us, once we see that our hair doesn’t have any “shine” on it from the hundreds of oils and butters we apply to it, we automatically assume it’s dry. We then spritz water on it and lather in some more butter or oil which is hurting your hair more than it’s helping.
The truth of the matter is that, once you use a good shampoo conditioner and styler to wash, condition and style your hair, you’re good to go. Your hair has gotten the required moisture it needs for the next 4-7 days. A styler is any product that helps you style your hair like a gel and styling foam (we would go deeper into these products later).
After styling your hair into wash and gos, twists, twist outs or even braid outs, the moisture from your “wash day” (and I use this term loosely) will last you between 4 – 7 days depending on where you find yourself; whether you’re in an Arid region or a wet area.
Typically, if you have the time, washday should be had weekly but then again that all depends on you and your hair. Don’t go long periods without giving your hair water because it won’t bode well for you and your hair.
If you’re wondering where the Shea butter and oils went, it’s because they really aren’t that necessary as we thought they were. Yes, if the essential ingredients in them have been added to the shampoo, conditioner or styler OR if it’s a concentrated bottle full of essential nutrients, it may work but then again, you should be sure of the reason why you’re bent on adding them to your washday especially considering the structure of our hair.
Contrary to what we have been made to believe, how shiny, soft, smooth, or coated your hair feels has zero indication on how hydrated your hair is. Applying bottles of oils and butter will only lead to a head full of oily hair and clogged pores which have nothing to do with moisturization. Also, there’s no need to spritz water on the 3rd or 4th day of your wash and go just because you think it’s not moisturized. You’re just spoiling the hair you worked hard on making.
So you see? Wash days don’t actually have to be “wash days” as they can be reduced into hours. Remove the hot oil treatments, try detangling with your conditioner, shampoo, condition and style and voila! You’re good to go. Do this for 30 days and see how your hair feels. It will definitely feel different at first considering the fact that you’ve removed the butters and oils but just keep at it for a month and at the end, you can decide whether or not your hair really wants them.
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