Often, washday can feel like a chore for a curly girl. From gathering the products you’d like to use to taking time to detangle and style—it’s no wonder it's almost always an all-day event. That said, how about we reframe the narrative? Instead of "chore," let's call it a whole self-care experience. Below, find a few rituals I practice to make my washdays a more of a moment. Plus, I’ll be dropping some wellness and haircare tips along the way.
The Deep Clean
First, as we go into the winter months, there are certain things naturally curly hair requires to survive the cold weather. Protective styles are great for this time of year—but for those want to take their curls out, I want to introduce to you some products that have added intense hydration back into my hair.
I try to co-wash more often in the winter than I do all year around, but when I do incorporate a shampoo, it has to be one that lifts away product build up yet doesn't leave my hair stringy and limp. I co-wash my hair every week, which is just a fancy way of saying I use a conditioner to wash my hair instead of shampoo. That said, I incorporate shampoo every other week to make sure my hair gets that deep clean that it needs.
SheaMoisture® 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo has been a lifesaver for when I need a good deep clean. It lifts away the impurities of possible product build up and rehydrates my hair, bringing it back to life. This eliminates the dullness that sometimes dryness creates and brings back the shine for a healthy revitalized curl.
Self-Care Tip: Hanging eucalyptus from my shower head has changed the game for me. As the steam from the water hits the eucalyptus, it gives your bathroom relaxing, spa-like scent immediately.
After rinsing out all of the shampoo, it's time for my favorite part: conditioning. I tend to go all in with the SheaMoisture® 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner because my hair absolutely loves the lightweight formula and the ease it gives me while detangling my curls. I leave the conditioner in for a few minutes as my hair soaks up all of the hydration and goodness from the premium coconut oil, coconut milk, and Acacia Senegal.
Investing in a good brush will help save your time while detangling your hair. Using my Denman brush, I gently brush through my hair to detangle, starting from the tips and working my way to the root. The way this brush works with the conditioner really helps to already create definition for when I decide to style it.
Tip: Leaving the conditioner in your hair while detangling makes this process so much easier.
Once my hair is fully detangled, I rinse out about 80% of the conditioner (leaving a bit in my hair to work with during the styling part). I tend to rinse my hair with cold water, just to really lock in that moisture—but I totally understand if that’s too much in these cold winter days. The choice is yours!
Tip: Save your coin! The SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner 34 oz products are available at Costco®, in club and online.
Making your washday an experience is not only an act of self-care for your curls, but it’s also a great moment for you to pause and take care of you.