3 Ways to Improve Your Washday Routine
Ever notice that when you wash your favourite shirt over and over again, it starts to lose its colour and quality? Well, it turns out the same notion can be applied to your hair. Washing your mane on a daily basis strips your hair of the natural oils and nutrients it so desperately needs to look its best. Can't imagine going a day or two without shampooing? Overwashing actually causes your scalp to release more oil to compensate what you're rinsing out, so it benefits you to space out your washdays.
Truth be told, natural-haired girls can wash their hair as infrequently as once a week (more on that below). But when that one day comes, you've got to be on your hair-washing A-game for the week ahead. To find out how to make the most of your washday, celebrity stylist Johnny Wright broke down for us his tried-and-true washing process.
To read his tips and more, keep scrolling!
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"Sectioning your hair is key. Smaller sections make the job of washing and even styling your hair easier. I also believe detangling your hair before you put shampoo in is also best to help make your hair manageable during and after the wash," says Wright. He recommends washing coarse hair once a week and finer hair twice a week. This No-Poo by DevaCurl is sulfate free, so it won't dry out your hair; instead, it'll keep it looking soft and luscious for days and days.
Try Sukin Organics for more sulphate free options, like their Moisture Restoring Shampoo ($8).
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"Never skip conditioning your hair. You want to make sure to add the moisture back into your hair strands. Deep conditioning or a hair mask is great to use," advises Wright. Go ahead and use a comb while the conditioner is still sitting in your hair to detangle and smooth out your strands even further. For an extra dose of moisture, slip on a shower cap and leave the conditioner in while you finish the rest of your wash routine.
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"Naturalistas should also add the LOC method to their wash routine. This includes layering your hair with a leave-in conditioner, an oil, and a cream to make sure your hair is moisturised," says Wright. "L" stands for liquid, "O" stands for oil, and "C" stands for (sealing) cream. By doing this, the liquid (like Terax's Hydrate Moisturising Leave In Conditioner, $30) allows moisture to deeply absorb into the hair shaft while the cream seals in the oil (we like Dr. Hauschka's Strengthening Hair Treatment, $45) to keep hair (especially coarse curls) looking healthy and prevent moisture loss.