Ever notice that when you wash your favorite shirt over and over again, it starts to lose its color and quality? Well, it turns out the same notion can be applied to your hair. Washing your mane on a daily basis strips your hair of the natural oils and nutrients it so desperately needs to look its best. Can't imagine going a day or two without shampooing? Overwashing actually causes your scalp to release more oil to compensate what you're rinsing out, so it benefits you to space out your washdays.
Truth be told, natural-haired girls can wash their hair as infrequently as once a week (more on that below). But when that one day comes, you've got to be on your hair-washing A-game for the week ahead. To find out how to make the most of your washday, celebrity stylists Johnny Wright and Cesar Ramirez broke down for us their tried-and-true washing processes.
To read his tips and more, keep scrolling!
"Sectioning your hair is key. Smaller sections make the job of washing and even styling your hair easier," says Wright. He recommends washing coarse hair once a week and finer hair twice a week. This No-Poo by DevaCurl is sulfate free, so it won't dry out your hair; instead, it'll keep it looking soft and luscious for days and days.
Ramirez adds that especially if you have hair that falls within curl type five through eight on the Mizani Natural Curl Key, it's best to detangle your locks using a leave-in like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk ($21) and a wet brush ($12) before shampooing.
"Never skip conditioning your hair. You want to make sure to add the moisture back into your hair strands. Deep conditioner or a hair mask is great to use," advises Wright. Go ahead and use wet brush while the conditioner is still sitting in your hair to detangle and smooth out your strands even further. For an extra dose of moisture, slip on a shower cap and leave the conditioner on for several extra minutes before rinsing.
Ramirez says that while applying shampoo and conditioner, "avoid rubbing, scrunching, and lathering—that only causes more tangling." Being gentle is key throughout the entire process!
"Naturalistas should also add the LOC method to their wash routine. This includes layering your hair with a leave-in conditioner, an oil, and a cream to make sure your hair is moisturized," says Wright. "L" stands for liquid, "O" stands for oil, and "C" stands for (sealing) cream. By doing this, the liquid (like the Leave-In Spray) allows moisture to deeply absorb into the hair shaft while the cream seals in the oil to keep hair (especially coarse curls) looking healthy and prevent moisture loss. After the spray, use Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C. Soak It Up Oil Cocktail ($9), followed by Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C. Lock It In Sealing Cream ($9).
How do you make the most of your washday? Tell us below!