My Shampoo/Condition Routine for Natural Hair: The Basics

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I think it’s cute when I tell my friends who are either not black and/or not natural that I’m going to wash my hair, they think that means I’ll have free time later. Bahahaha! Fools. They’re so cute.

My hair wash routine from beginning to end is tedious but does my hair proper TLC. Here, I will break down my hair wash routine step by step (I also have a video coming up on my hair wash routine. Stay tuned).

My Shampoo/Condition Routine:

  1. Pre-Poo. Now for those who aren’t familiar with this term, pre-poo simply means preparing your hair before it gets shampooed. How you pre-poo is up to you. Some do hot oil treatments but I simply divide my hair up into four sections: two in the front and two in the back. I then finger detangle each section and then I coat each section with my oil of choice. It’s usually olive oil as you’ll see in the video. Once the section is detangled and oiled, I two-strand twist it back up.
  2. Shampoo. When I shampoo, I focus on my scalp. I massage it into my scalp. Keep in mind, I still have my hair sectioned into four parts, I just unravel each section to fully get the shampoo on each square inch of my scalp but once I’ve done that I two-strand twist it back up. From there I rinse out the shampoo with warm water because warm water opens up the hair’s cuticle and fully gets all the gunk out. To see if I’ve got all the gunk out, I usually take my nail and scratch my scalp gently. If my nail is clean, we’re good to go. If not, I shampoo once again.
  3. Condition. When I condition my hair, I focus on all parts of my hair but especially on my ends. I work the conditioner in my hair from roots to end, still keeping the sections in my hair. I then take a wide tooth comb and detangle each section. That’s why it’s important to have a conditioner that has slip when you plan on detangling your hair using it. Slip just means the component in the conditioner that makes it easy for you to “slip” or detangle your hair with. I let the conditioner sit on my hair for about 5-8 minutes. I then wash it out with cool water to seal in the moisture.
  4. Deep-Condition. I coat each section with my deep conditioner. I then put a cap on my head. That creates heat which helps the conditioner penetrate my hair even more to bring back the moisture it needs. I let the deep conditioner sit on my hair for 30-60 minutes. I wash it out with cool water to again, seal in the moisture.

From there I go onto style my hair.

Important notes:

  • I section my hair because it makes the process so much easier for me. It helps my hair to stop getting tangled when I’m washing it. Smaller sections also help me make sure that every strand of hair has been coated with product. I highly encourage you section your hair next wash day.
  • I dry my hair off with an old t-shirt because it’s a lot more gentle on my hair. It doesn’t snag at my hair or causes breakage plus it soaks up just as much excess water as a towel would.

That’s my hair wash routine. It takes me about 1-3 hours. I do this once a week but I don’t always include shampoo because I only shampoo my hair once a month. I do co-wash my hair every week using this routine. I will do a co-wash routine video by the way.

All in all, this is what works for me. Some people do it differently, Like I said, some people do hot oil treatments prior to shampooing and some even deep condition their hair before shampooing. It’s all about what works best for you. So get to experimenting! 🙂

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  1. loool at the intro! So true through… Non black friend ask me what I’m doing sunday morning & I’m like its wash DAY so morning & afternoon are taken lol

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