Wash day is a momentous day. A thorough wash day routine promotes healthy hair and hair growth. When you’re struggling to grow your hair, maybe it’s time to look closer at your wash day routine. You’d be surprised at how much your wash day regimen contributes to gaining inches in your hair. What you use during wash day, how often you wash your hair, and even how you wash your hair can make or break your hair! However, it is possible to end up with dry, matted, or even tangled hair if you miss any key steps. Wash day is key, but don’t worry, I’ll help you. I want to share five simple wash-day tips that will grow your hair and make it look and feel fantastic.
1. Section your hair
Being too rough with your hair when you wash it is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Our hair is the most fragile when it is wet since the cuticle changes when it is wet. Therefore, it’s helpful to work with your hair in sections to reduce breakage. While this tip does not grow your hair, it will help you maintain its length and prevent damage. In addition, it makes it easier to distribute the product evenly throughout your hair.
Start by parting your hair into 3-6 sections before you get in the shower. Then, twist each section, as this will make the hair easier to manage and under control. It is essential to make sure you lose only one.
2. Clean the hair thoroughly
Most people mistakenly believe that dirty hair grows faster and longer. But the truth is that a clean environment is necessary for your scalp to thrive. By not regularly rinsing the scalp, odor and accumulation may develop, which provides an environment for bacterial infections and scalp conditions. In addition, several scalp conditions can cause you to lose an excessive amount of hair and even lose your hair (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, follicular inflammation, etc.).
The good news is that you can prevent these side effects by rinsing your hair regularly with a salt-free shampoo. Salt-free shampoo, unlike moisturizing shampoo, removes buildup from the scalp and hair. This is especially important if you use a lot of oils, butter, and creams to style your hair—section throughout the wash-day process (washing, conditioning, and then detangling).
3. Every time during wash-day, deep condition
A deep conditioning step is crucial for promoting hair growth on wash day. The process helps your hair retain moisture better and increases its elasticity (bounce). You will also find that the better moisturized you are, the easier it is to style and the better bounce it will have. There are several ways to deep condition hair. First, you can apply the conditioner and sit under the dryer for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
For deeper conditioning, apply a hair mask or deep conditioner to your hair and cover it with a plastic cap so the heat from your scalp will help the conditioner penetrate yours.
4. Seal in moisture
The point of applying moisturizing products is to lock in moisture. Moisture can be harder to retain when your hair is kinky, curly, or coily. When you moisturize your hair, you should always use a sealant or anti-humectant to keep your hair moisturized throughout the day. Experiment with different oils to see what your hair likes best. If you struggle with maintaining moisture in your hair, then you’ll want to use a leave-in spray cream, like the all-in-one Leave-on mask, which is designed to draw moisture from the environment back into your hair. Leave-on is vital to helping your hair stay hydrated for more extended periods.
5. Keep Your Wash Day Consistent
If you want to see results from your wash day routine, you must stick with it. It would be best if you kept your routine as simple as possible to keep it consistent. By keeping things simple, you’ll avoid giving up and getting discouraged.
It is essential for hair health and growth that you have a thorough yet straightforward wash day routine. Essentially, there are a few things to consider when it comes to the perfect wash day routine. First, make sure you consider the specific needs of your hair. However, the most important thing is to use quality products and to be consistent. We hope these tips helped you get closer to growing the hair you’ve always wanted!