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Natural Hair Wash Day in 4 Steps | Hot Oil, Deep Condition, Moisturize & Stretch

(Last Updated On: December 9, 2017)

Sundays are usually my wash days, and so last night, I decided to spend some time to bring my dry hair back to life as I’ll be going to a few events this coming weekend, including a valentines dinner party that i’m hosting on Saturday. And so I wanted to make sure that my hair will be popping!

The whole treatment took a few hours, but if you factor out the time spent sitting around while I had the treatment in my hair, I would say that the application process took about 90min.

Step 1: Olive & Coconut Oil Hot Oil Treatment

– I combined a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) in a small boil and I warmed up the oil mixture using the double boiler method. *The double boiler method gradually increases the temperature of the mixture, so that the essential vitamins and the chemical properties of the oils are preserved*.
– I then applied the oil in my hair and covered it with a plastic bag.
–  To maintain the warm temperature of the oil and to increase the deep conditioning process, I wore a wool hat to trap heat on my scalp.
– I let this sit in for a few hours and mehn, my hair smelt absolutely delicious!

Step 2: Honey & Moisturizing DCT

– I combined about a tablespoon of raw organic honey (though i’ll use a cheaper one next time) with some conditioner in a spray bottle.
– I then warmed up the mixture using the double boiler method
– I applied the mixture in my oil drenched hair, covered with a plastic cap and a heating cap. *I didn’t wash out the oil because I was lazy and I didn’t want to add more oils into the deep conditioner like I usually do.
– I then rinsed the product out of my hair with my hair while my hair was in 5 chunky twists

Step 3: Moisturize & Seal

– I applied a leave-in conditioner and sealed with a serum on each hair section
*I used a serum because I didn’t want greasy hair, though i’ll probably use my whipped shea butter when I eventually style my hair.

Step 4: Stretch

–  I twisted my hair into about 10 twists and I pulled, stretched and pinned each twists so that it will be stretched and ready to be styled.
– I then wrapped my hair with a silk scarf and went to bed!

Product Find Canada: Jason’s Conditioner, EVCO, and Honey can be purchased from any health foods store. Olive oil and Tresemme serum can be purchased from a grocery store.

How was your last wash day like? How often do you wash your hair?

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Sunday 4th of October 2020

I completely understand what Lara said..myself I hate wash is very time consuming and my arms, back and neck always end up hurting because it takes hours.


Saturday 17th of October 2020

Are you a new natural? You can speed things up by doing less steps.


Tuesday 11th of February 2014

I wish I had this much passion for my hair...sigh! even the combing is a big issue for me...I actually wash once everyweek if I dont have braids or weaves on.

Adeola (The Mane Captain)

Tuesday 11th of February 2014

yes, you need passion if you want to enjoy your wash day. I've been lazy in the past few weeks, but I was in the mood this past Sunday, hence the thorough steps. I usually wash every two weeks because of all the steps, but sometimes I would wash every week depending on the state of my hair and the style I want to wear next.

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