The ultimate 5 Step Wash day routine for 4c Hair

At some point you have heard the wash day is an extreme sport phrase but is it really?

Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips and tricks.

Let’s talk about simplified wash day steps, just how your wash day ought to look like. It shouldn’t be an extreme sport though, wash day is as easy or complicated as you wanna make it. So, keep it short, healthy & sweet. Detangling is my least favorite wash day step especially if I’ve been wearing my hair out for a week or two. What’s your least favorite wash day step?

To kick start this post, your girl got a wash day printable planner for you all. You get to note down everything about your wash day from how your wash day went, products used, selfies on how your hair looks at every wash day step, review your products, track how much you spend monthly & amount of shed hair & breakage you experience on every wash day to noting your favorite products and why & it’s super AFFORDABLE. What more would you ask for? Grab your planner here.

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Pre-poo/ Pre- Shampoo treatment.

The first wash day step is protecting your hair from the drying effect of shampoo. Is pre-pooing a must? Some naturals do & others don’t, try both and see what works best for your hair. I do have instances that I don’t pre-poo, just jump into detangling. Instances when my hair feels super dirty plus product build-up, I choose to deep cleanse & deep condition to restore moisture.

To pre-poo use penetrating oils, conditioner, DIY pre-poo, apply them on your dry hair to restore moisture & create a protective layer. Haven’t heard of pre-poo before, your girl got you a detailed post here.

Detangling.

I haven’t met a natural that enjoys detangling yet cos boy, it’s a lot of work especially if you have been skipping trims, been wearing your hair out or haven’t been moisturizing properly. Detangling is a NEVER skip wash day step. To properly detangle use a detangler or instant conditioner with a good slip, use your fingers, a wide tooth comb or detangling brush and start from the ends upwards to the roots. More detangling tips here.

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After pre-pooing & detangling

Cleansing.

This has to be my favorite wash day step because I love a good scalp massage & feeling my scalp clean and fresh, I can almost feel like my scalp is breathing lol. With cleansing, wet your hair until dripping wet, apply shampoo on your scalp, massage the scalp with your finger balls or a scalp massager to get rid of dirt and build up then rinse off thoroughly with warm water. When it comes to shampoo, you can use sulphate free shampoo, clarifying shampoo, black soap, shampoo bars etc.

Deep conditioning.

This too is an essential wash day step, a don’t skip step. We have two types of deep conditioners, a moisturizing deep conditioner (restores moisture) & a protein based deep conditioner (reconstructs & strengthens the hair). A moisturizing deep conditioner is a must use on every wash day while a protein treatment can be done after every 4-6 weeks depending on how much you manipulate your hair and use heat. Moisture- Protein balance is important for growth of healthy & ‘strong hair’.

Apply your moisturizing deep conditioner from the ends to the roots as your detangle, wear a shower cap, thermal cap/ hooded dryer to absorb the nutrients then rinse off. When using a protein deep conditioner, follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner or use a 2-in 1 moisture & protein deep conditioner to retain the moisture-protein balance.

Moisturizing.

Lastly, moisturize & seal in the moisture, style, braid or twists, air dry or use heat whichever works best for you & keeps your hair healthy. Don’t let your hair air dry without moisturizing, we agreed drying hair never looked good on anyone & is a recipe for disaster. For moisturizing, use LOC/ LCO/ LO/ LC/ LOCO etc whichever moisturizing method that works best for your hair.

That’s how my wash day looks like with music, house chores, snacks and Youtube videos in between.

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Would you say wash day is an extreme sport & why? I would love to know what your wash day looks like.

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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