A Guide to 4C Hair for the New Natural: Wash Day Routine

Hey curlies!

I hope you liked the product haul I did not too long ago. Hopefully you’ve found one or a few things that you liked and want to try! Now it’s time to put them to use!

I wash and deep condition my hair about once a week, but sometimes I co-wash if I think my hair is a little dry but I don’t want to wait until Wash Day, or I want to try another style on fresh hair in the middle of the week.

I always start out by sectioning my hair, like so.

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If your hair is super short, then you can probably skip this step. But I find that washing my hair in sections helps to evenly distribute products and manage my hair. Once I’ve sectioned off my hair, I pre-poo it with coconut oil and a light, cheap conditioner.

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You’ll recall those two from last time, I hope!

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You can usually do this step without adding extra water, since your hair will be pretty wet anyway from the products. Afterwards, I go one section at a time and detangle with my fingers. Starting from the ends and working my way up, I separate any clumps I can feel and run my fingers through once I’m done just to make sure there are no major snags. Take your time with this step; rushing can cause breakage and you’ll end up pulling a lot of hair. I always watch TV or Netflix or listen to music while I do this to help pass the time.

Here are my four puffs, fully detangled.

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Once that’s done, I hop in the shower and wash with my favorite shampoo.

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Another great benefit to washing in sections is that you usually won’t have to shampoo your hair twice. It also takes less product. I can always feel the difference from blindly smothering shampoo on my head and hoping that I’ve covered my whole scalp.

I wash each section once, do a quick rinse over my whole head just to be sure, and then apply my deep conditioner. I decided to combine two of them so I could finish off both jars at the same time.

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They worked fabulously together!

Place a plastic shower cap on your head. You have the option of using a blow dryer on a low setting to help speed the process and allow for deeper penetration, but usually I just let it sit without heat for 45 minutes or so.

Rinse that out and follow up with the lighter conditioner for a few minutes if your hair feels dry.

These are my fully washed puffs.

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Dry with a T-shirt, as a towel can be a bit too rough. Apply your leave-in conditioner and oil of choice.

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Then follow up with the cream.

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One thing I wish I’d added is a curl defining cream. It helps the style last longer and adds more definition. If anyone has a cream that they love, please tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to add it to my routine.

After this, the styling is up to you! I always do 4-5 two-strand twists per section of hair using Ecostyler gel.

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You can speed up the drying process with heat if you’re heading out somewhere, but I usually throw on a satin cap and call it a night.

The next morning your curls should be fully dry, although my curls were only 95% dry (there’s always one stubborn twist that won’t fully dry, but it’s usually in the middle of my head and not very noticeable).

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Oil up your hands and undo the twists.

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Then grab that trusty pick, and use to lift the roots and cover up the parts.

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Add a little oil for shine, and you’re done!

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A nicely curled afro, if I do say so myself.

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(Psst the dress is from Forever21 if you’re curious. It’s super flattering and comfortable, and cheap! Jewelry is my mama’s.)

To preserve the style at night, I just do more two strand twists with some cream and oil. As long as you keep it moisturized and avoid the rain, it should last about a week. It’s perfect for any length of hair, and it’s great if you’re lazy like me because it takes very little effort.

Do you have any styles that you’d like to see me try? Let me know!

Until next time, curlies!

-Ash

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3 comments

  1. NaturallyLisa · June 2, 2015

    Hello, have you tried either of these:
    African Pride Shea Miracle Moisture Intense Bouncy Curls Pudding *****
    Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream***1/2

    • ashg4906 · June 3, 2015

      Hi! I don’t think I’ve tried anything in the African Pride line. I haven’t tried the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream, but I have tried the Curl Activator cream–great for wash n go’s!

      • NaturallyLisa · June 3, 2015

        Hello! I’m loving the African Pride Shea Miracle Moisture Intense Bouncy Curls Pudding, it is very moisturizing and inexpensive. I found it at Dollar General for $3.50. I haven’t tried the Cantu Activator yet.

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