For the last 6 weeks, I have made a conscious effort to be good to my hair and I have actually managed to stick with it. I have less shed hair, my hair is shiny and my curls have found their bounce yay! I have made a few changes which I'll be sharing over the next couple of weeks but one of the biggest changes has to be my wash day routine.
Previously, I had been cutting corners (barely detangling, skipping pre-poos that sort of thing) so I've overhauled my whole routine and put something together that is good to my hair but also fits in with my lazy girl lifestyle. I've also included links to the products I love using but obviously you can swap them out for the products you love.
1. Pre-poo and finger detangle
Working in manageable sections, I coat my hair in avocado oil followed by a cheap conditioner that has slip. I currently use the Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Conditioner. I gently finger detangle each section and remove any shed hair.
Once I'm sure a section is tangle free, I twist it up before moving on to the next section. I usually end up with 8 - 10 twists and this can take up to an hour if I also have to take down an old set of twists.
2. Apply shampoo to scalp and massage with shampoo brush
In the shower, I saturate my twists with warm (not hot!) water. I mix my Big Hair shampoo with a little water and apply it to my scalp. Using my Denman scalp brush, I massage the shampoo into my scalp. The brush helps to shift any product build up and feels really good on my scalp.
I then squeeze the shampoo down my twists using the praying hands method. This ensures my hair gets clean without disturbing the twists and creating tangles.
3. Rinse thoroughly and apply deep conditioner
I give my hair a really good rinse and squeeze out any excess water. Applying my DC when my hair is sopping wet just dilutes the product and it's less effective. I use the Big Hair Deep Conditioner, it is so rich and my curls really love it. I unravel each twist, apply and then re-twist.
Once I'm all done, I stick on a shower cap, wrap my head with a warm towel and let it steam for 20 minutes. I then rinse the twists in cool water.
4. Massage oil into scalp and ends
I squeeze out any excess water with a t-shirt until my hair is damp but not dripping. I then massage my BLOOM hair oil into my scalp and coat my ends. I then leave it to air dry.
Once my hair is completely dry (this usually takes a day), I take down my twists and apply more oil to my hair and FLOURISH hair butter to the ends. I then install smaller tidier twists that I wear for up to 3 weeks.
I think the reason this routine works so well for my 4B/C hair is that my hair is kept stretched and tangle free by the twists. If you are struggling with breakage, I would highly recommend washing your hair while it is twisted. My hair still gets clean and product build up hasn't been an issue.
If you have questions/thoughts about this tutorial please leave them in the comments below!