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    Spring 2017 Wash Routine

    This year I made it my goal to simplify my wash routine because let’s be honest, a whole DAY of washing, conditioning, detangling, deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, and this, that and the other ain’t for everybody all the time.



    I’ll be five years natural this August (yay!) and there has been one major concept that I have learned along this entire journey:

    Simplicity is key.



    I used to be a major product junkie, trying all and anything. And that was okay. I was learning what worked and didn’t work for my type 4 hair and how best to treat my tresses. But now that I understand my hair more, I have dialed down my entire regimen as a whole. My wash days take no more than 2 hours, even with detangling and simple styling. Here is my simple wash routine for spring 2017:

    1. The Pre-Poo/Detangle

    I start off with pre-pooing and detangling my hair in 4 sections. I use EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea CoWash (it might be a co-wash, but it has GREAT slip!) and olive oil (bae). After combing through each section, I twist it up.

    2. The Shampoo

    I wash my hair (in twists) at least twice with the ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo (I do not mind the sulfates). It gets my scalp clean without stripping my hair, which is very important for me because my regimen focuses on maintaining moisture.

    3. The (Deep) Condition

    I follow the shampoo with a deep condition using the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturizing Treatment. I then cover my hair with a shower cap and let the product sit while I shower. I love this product because I do not have to keep it in for long or sit under a dryer for it to penetrate my strands and moisturize them. After ~10 minutes, I rinse it out.

    4. (Optional) Oil Rinse

    Occasionally I will do an oil rinse with olive oil (seeing a trend here?) to give my hair a little bit more love and seal in the moisture as much as possible.

    5. Moisture for the Win

    Because my hair is type 4, I have found that thick butters tend to work best for my hair (though I am currently experimenting with some spray leave-ins). I use either OGX’s Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter or Hydrate + Repair Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter (I prefer the curling hair butter) to moisturize. Both leave my hair feeling smooth and soft.

    6. Seal it with Love

    My go to sealant- olive oil of course. However, I do alternate between that and my homemade shea butter mix. Both really seal in the moisture from the water and leave-in conditioner so that my hair lasts a good 4-5 days before needing any refreshing. I follow up with styling.

    Whittling down my routine to less than 2 hours is a major accomplishment for me given that when I first began my natural hair journey my wash day was in fact A DAY.

    Whether you have just started transitioning, rock relaxed hair, or are a seasoned natural- my tip to you:

    Simplicity is key.



    Stephanie Emenyonu
    Stephanie Emenyonu

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    1. GLT
      April 20, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      I’ve been natural for three years.My routine: Wash with a co-wash or clarifying shampoo (depending on how much product is in my hair). I then condition. Sometimes I deep condition, but most weeks I use my regular conditioner (shea moisture or some other conditioner that works). I like to try new products. I then leave my hair damp and use a leave in conditioner, a gel with aloe, and oils to style. The oil changes depending on the season. In the colder months I find that I need a more penetrating oil, but in the warmer months I can use a coconut (or lighter oil) on my hair. I do my twists and let them air dry. I have 4c hair and never understood why people made wash day an actual day. My process is about an hour and a half. The longer my hair grows, the longer the process. The most time is the drying time. I try not to place any heat on my hair, but sometimes if I start my twists late, I need to sit under the dryer so I can have a twist-out in the morning. I went natural for the ease and not to be a slave to a wash day. I also wash once a week.

      • Stephanie Emenyonu
        April 20, 2017 / 2:25 pm

        Great to hear I’m not the only one who is not about the wash DAY life lol. Great regimen! And I definitely agree on switching oils depending on season- I use my shea butter mix in the fall/winter and olive oil spring/summer 😊

    2. Krissy
      April 20, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Great read thank you for the tips will be trying out the oil rinse x

      • Stephanie Emenyonu
        April 20, 2017 / 2:22 pm

        Thanks for reading!

    3. April 20, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Love this! Saving for wash day!

      • Stephanie Emenyonu
        April 20, 2017 / 2:42 pm

        Awesome! Thanks for reading 😊

    4. April 20, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Thanks for this post-it’s humidity/swim season here in Florida, so a quick and easy wash routine works. Can you believe I forego swimming sometimes just due to the back-maintenance. This will make it much easier!

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