Wash day steps; How to Properly wash and condition Type 4 Hair

Hello mane embracers, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

How you care for your hair determines how long and healthy your hair will be. The right hair care practices and products are essential for growing your natural hair & how you wash and condition your hair tops the list.

Dirt, dust and products build up clog the scalp pores suffocating the scalp causing itchiness. Cleansing the scalp creates the perfect environment for the scalp. Conditioning on the other hand, strengthens & moisturizes the hair. So, you clean the scalp & condition the hair.

Let’s get down to how to properly wash & condition your hair or rather how your wash should look like.

Sectioned hair for wash day
The morning after wash day look.

Section the hair.

The very first wash day step other than taking pictures of your Afro is sectioning the hair. Why section the hair? It is easier to work with one section at a time other than the whole head & if your hair tends to tangle a lot, this tip is a life saver. The number of sections depends on your volume and length.

Pre-poo & Detangle.

Pre-poo is the short form of pre-shampoo that’s the treatment done before shampooing to minimize the stripping effect of shampoo. Learn more about pre-poo here. Use a pre-poo product that is moisturizing and will give you a good slip for detangling(getting rid of tangles.) Catch up on detangling tips here.

You can detangle as you pre-poo or do the pre-poo treatment then detangle.

Cleansing.

This is where the shampoo comes in. If possible avoid sulphate shampoo because they may dry out the hair and discolor your hair(have experienced these before.) Use a sulphate free shampoo or black soap.

When cleansing, first wet your hair until it’s soaking wet to properly lather. Apply the shampoo on the scalp and massage to get rid of all the dirt and build up then rinse with warm water.

hair regimen.. shampooing step

Deep conditioning.

Deep conditioners moisturize (moisturizing deep conditioners), repair & strengthen(protein deep conditioners) your hair. Read more about these conditioners here.

Apply deep conditioners on damp hair starting from the ends to roots as you detangle then wear your shower cap/thermal cap for the nutrients to infuse the strands or warm up the deep conditioner then apply. Use a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you shampoo & protein treatment monthly or after 6-8 weeks depending on how damaged your hair feels. Follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner after using  a protein deep conditioner or purchase a 2in1 deep conditioner.

Moisturizing & Sealing.

This is the last wash day step. Don’t rinse off the conditioners & let your air dry, add some more moisture and the seal. To moisturize dry your hair by squeezing out the water until your hair is damp, apply your favorite moisturizer or leave-in conditioner then seal with oils/butter/creams and let your hair air dry.

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You can braid your hair or twist it to stretch, you don’t want your hair drying in a shrunken state. Type 4 hair shrinks a lot , strands hug each other & end up tangling. So,  stretch it before air drying. Know more about how to moisturize your hair here.

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Those are the essential wash day steps that you shouldn’t skip if you wanna grow healthy and long hair. Your wash day is as easy or complicated as you want it.

Lately, I’ve been washing my hair in twists and will fill you in about it in the next post. Catch up on all wash day related posts here.

wash and condition then wear a protective styles

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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