Growing up, I had friends that washed their hair every morning or every other day. By comparison, my wash days were rare – with my mom washing my hair bi-weekly or once a month if I had braids in.
When I returned to natural after ditching my relaxer, one of the first things I had to unlearn about caring for my hair was that water is “bad.”
I soon discovered that was the farthest thing from the truth.
Not only does our hair love water – it needs it. Heaps of it. Growing healthy natural hair requires you to create a regular wash routine for your hair. No more going 3 to 6 weeks without your hair touching water!
In this post, I’m going to share with you how you can use YouTube to help you craft a wash day routine that fits the needs of your hair, plus a few supplies that’ll really come in handy on wash day.
USE YOUTUBE AS A RESOURCE AND NOT A BLUEPRINT
As a new natural it’s very tempting to hop on YouTube and copy+paste the wash day routine of a YouTuber that you think has hair like yours. Trust me, I know. I did it – and I learned firsthand that in most cases, you can’t just directly copy someone else’s approach. Even though it may look like a match on camera, the reality is that no two heads of hair are exactly the same. Our hair is like fingerprints – we’re all out here with a unique set. As such, the likelihood that your wash day routine will be identical to someone else’s routine is slim to none. But – this doesn’t mean YouTube can’t help you put the pieces together. The key? Use YouTube as a resource and not the blueprint.
What do I mean by that? Don’t watch a “Wash Day” video and then follow the steps verbatim. Instead, watch YouTube videos to familiarize yourself with the methods and products naturals use. Once you watch enough videos,you’ll have a good sense of what steps you need to include in your wash day routine. From there, pick out some products to start with – and then modify the products you use according to how your hair responds.
THE MUST-DO STEPS FOR WASH DAY
As you do your research to put together a wash day routine that works for you, keep in mind that you’re going to want to incorporate these five core steps:
You can change the order or add a step if needed – but generally speaking, these five steps are always a part of wash day.
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