This week, I decided to co-wash my hair for the first time in awhile. I didn’t use gel the entire week and my hair was still pretty clean so I just needed a light wash. I’d been reading and hearing about pre-pooing for ages and only decided to give it a go this week. I figured I’m changing my routine so I may as well try everything. I woke up early on Sunday and got to work straight away. I sprayed an oil mix onto my hair which I had divided into about 8 sections. Once I sprayed a section, I braided it. I then covered my head with a plastic bag and tied my headscarf for an hour. The pre-poo oils got my hair soft and quite stretchy, almost in preparation for washing. I even managed to put my hair in 4 sections. And as I did last time, I used my hairbands to keep the section intact. I did the same steps as I did on my previous wash day except I used the conditioner to wash instead.
- I sectioned my hair into 4, securing them with elastics and cut up
tights as hair bands
- I wet my whole head under the shower.
- I undid the first section, wet it thoroughly, then used conditioner and worked that in. I rinsed that section and repeated the conditioner application once. Once it was clean, I tied it in the hairband
- I did the same for the other 3 sections, starting at the back and working up to the front.
- Once I finished co-washing, I lightly patted my towel to get any excess water out.
- Starting from the back, I released a section, applied some deep
conditioner (this time, I put a bit more), focusing on the entire length of my hair and finger
detangled it. Once my fingers could go through easily, I used my wide
tooth comb to comb from the ends to the roots. Once that section was
detangled, I braided it.
- I repeated this step for the other 3 sections. I ended up making about 8 big braids.
- I put on my plastic bag and
left the deep conditioner in for over an hour before rinsing my hair. This time, I undid the braid before rinsing and secured that section with a hairband.
- I kept my hair wrapped in a towel for about half an hour to help it
dry before moisturising each section with some cream and braiding mabutu to help stretch my hair in preparation for putting my hair into twists.
My hair felt soft and moisturised and my hair actually dried too! So in terms of the steps, I think this is a winner for now 😀
Jacqui from SA
I actually stopped shampooing my hair when I watched on of the natural sisters on YouTube say that she only washed her hair with shampoo twice a year I was very surprised and all she does is co-wash, which is what I have started doing for a month now, will let you know how my hair feels in about 3 months.
I'm going to try this one too just as I did the ladt one. this came at a good time because I think my breakage means I need more conditioning. Will do next week.
I know we've been tweeting but did you manage to try this one yet?