It’s wash day for my baby girl! Since my natural hair kids series has been doing so well, I decided to share how I wash my curly kid’s hair.
Wash day has become a huge deal in the natural hair community. If you peruse any popular social network, you’ll find meme after meme that include the hashtags #washday and #naturalhair. The pictures displayed include everything from counters full of products to homemade concoctions that would make for better salad dressing than hair dressing. You’ll walk away believing that washing natural hair requires a full day and a huge arsenal of hair products.
The truth is that when it comes to washing your little one’s hair, or even your own, things really don’t half to be so complicated. Once you find products that work for you and your child, you’ll only need a few items and an hour or two to get the job done.
I’ve been asked the question quite a bit of how often I wash my baby girl’s natural hair. Well, that question has a complicated answer.
During the summer months when she sweats, (and she sweats A LOT. Like a pig in a slaughter house) I wash her hair every other week. During the winter months when her hair tends to dry out faster, I wash her hair only twice a month. I’ll co-wash her hair in the interim if her hair seems particularly dirty.
Here’s what I use:
1. A Wide Tooth Comb
This item is optional as most die-hard curlys will say that fingers are all you need to detangle. With that being said, I personally find that a good wide-tooth comb can help loosen and remove those hair strands that have shed from the scalp.
2. A Water-based Conditioner
Use this mixed with water during your pre-poo process, and of course use it to condition the hair after washing. You’ll know if your conditioner is water-based if the first or second listed ingredient is water.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Use an organic olive oil during your pre-poo/detangling process to help loosen knots. Also use it after washing to help seal in moisture.
4. An old T-shirt
Using an old T or a micro fiber towel to dry hair (as opposed to a regular terry cloth towel) keeps hair from getting frizzy and tangled. Scrunch the hair with the t-shirt to remove excess water from hair.
5. A Water-based Detangler
If you find that your little one is prone to single-strand knots and tangles, investing in a water-based detangler may be ideal.
I use Fantasia’s Argan Oil Leave-in Curl Detangler Conditioner on my daughter’s hair AND my 4-c hair, and it works beautifully.
6. A Hydrating Shampoo
Dark and Lovely’s Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Hydrating Soak Shampoo cleanses my daughter’s hair wonderfully. It isn’t sulfate free (which is an ingredient that some curlys stay away from) but I like the rich lather that it produces. It hydrates her hair well and smells absolutely delicious.
I place water with a few drops of conditioner into a spray bottle and use it during my pre-poo process. Dampening the hair slightly helps a great deal with detangling.
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Inspired by the adorable Riley of Mocha Kids check out the following video that adorably chronicles the elaborate event known in the natural hair community as “wash day”.