I’m often asked how do I wash my hair since returning it to it’s natural state. My answer, nothing has really changed in my washing process. I still do hot oil treatments, but now I mostly pre poo my hair before washing, and have almost completely removed shampoo altogether. Pre-poo literally means to pre treat your hair before shampooing. Personally, I only use shampoo about 4 times a year; it strips my too much and I don’t like the feeling afterwards. Besides, my products are all natural so I have very little buildup between washes.
Today is a wash day so I’ll be sharing the whole process through words and pictures for right now. Being natural was a process for me mentally and emotionally, because making the choice was the easy part. I’m still learning but I know how many new naturals feel when they don’t know what to use or do with their hair in the beginning. Then, you buy a product and it doesn’t work the way you want but you use it anyway because you spent your money on it. I don’t want to be a product junkie and neither do my pockets so I decided to start making my own natural products based on my hair needs.
Here are some pictures of my wash process. My Pre-Poo mixture is w/coconut oil, tea tree oil, rosemary essential oil. My scalp gets very itchy & flaky if I don’t wash it every week, but importing this step is really helping my scalp and prolonging my hairstyles. However, I don’t use shampoo at all because my hair doesn’t agree with it, even if it is sulfate free shampoo. I listen to her.
To pre-poo – I wet my hair like I would if I was getting ready to wash it, and massage oils throughout my scalp and hair by sections (usually 4 or 5). I then put on a plastic cap and leave it in overnight. This particular oil combination was a first but it made my scalp feel amazing! That may be my go to mixture for pre-poo from now on.
I rinsed the oils out and then co-washed with AsIam Coconut Co-wash. Co-Wash is washing your mane using conditioner instead of shampoo. I absolutely love this co-wash, and its inexpensive. Besides rinsing my hair once a month with an apple cider vinegar & water mix to rid my hair of build up, I only co-wash. It makes my hair feel so moisturized and light (if that makes sense). I usually co-wash my hair once a week but I stretched it to almost 2 weeks this time and my scalp was on fire.