4 Wash Day Essentials for 4B/4C Hair

I know you lot won’t judge my almost empty bottle of ACV πŸ™‚

Happy Sunday loves! Hoping that you’re all having a lovely weekend. I thought I would spend mine unwinding and resting but instead spent it working. And at such times, I find myself tempted to complain but I remind myself that I prayed and worked hard for these opportunities so I better be present for them. I also started watching Queen of the South recently and I’ve totally been enjoying it! πŸ™‚

I normally have wash days every 2 weeks when my hair is open and now that I have short hair, I keep trying different products and methods to see what works or doesn’t work for me. Having had bleached hair before, most of the methods and products I currently use help restore or add moisture to my hair. In this post I will share 4 of my wash day essentials. Do enjoy! πŸ™‚

Hot Oils

I have made a habit of preparing my hair the night before wash day. I normally go for a hot oil treatment where I mix olive, amla and coconut oil in a bowl placed in warm water until the mixture is slightly hot. I then apply this generously to my hair strands and wear a shower cap. You can also wrap a towel over the shower cap to retain the heat. The oils help restore moisture, reduce spilt ends and hair frizz. πŸ™‚

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Whenever I’m struggling with dandruff or an itchy scalp, I normally spray ACV directly to my scalp first thing on a wash day morning. And because I have high porosity hair, I also add some ACV directly to my hair strands to help close the hair cuticles. For hair and skin care, it is advisable to use the ACV that has the ‘mother’ which is the active part of ACV. πŸ™‚

Conditioner

If I pre-poo my hair, I normally use a shampoo for the first wash then a conditioner after. But if I use ACV on my scalp, I opt to use conditioner instead of shampoo to wash my hair because most shampoos strip the natural oils from you hair but conditioner’s don’t. I also finger detangle my hair in sections now that it’s short (I used to use a comb when it was longer).

Shea Butter

I normally do the LOC method on wash days (Liquid- Water/Leave In, Oil- Olive/Coconut Oil, Cream- Shea Butter) I recently added Shea Butter as part of my hair & body care and I totally get the hype now. Although the white colour doesn’t disappear from my hair immediately, it adds so much moisture and a little goes a long way. I got my whipped shea butter from Afro Shea.:)

I hope you enjoyed this post and you learnt a thing or 2 that you can add to your wash day routine. What are some of your wash day essentials? πŸ™‚

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