Yesterday we talked about our first good hair habit: Find and Use Your Staples. If you missed it, go back and read it to discover why it’s important to have and use staple hair products (this link points to mine).
Now that we have our hair products lined up, let’s talk about good hair habit #2: scheduling your wash day.
Washing your hair is not just for cleansing it. There’s so much more that goes into wash day. On that momentous occasion, you:
- Cleanse your hair and scalp removing product build up dirt and oil
- Remove knots and tangles
- Impart moisture
- Strengthen your hair
- Smooth your cuticles
- Set your style for the week
In order to have your best hair, your wash day needs to be on point. When your scalp is littered with dirt and oils, it can’t breathe. Clean hair and a clean scalp set the stage for growing out your best hair.
WHY SCHEDULE WASH DAY?
Sometimes the many steps you need to take to have an effective wash day, can seem overwhelming. Yet, it’s necessary. If you aren’t used to doing it all on a set day, you’ll likely push it off. First, by a day or two. Then, you may find yourself skipping a week here or there.
When you have a scheduled day for washing your hair, you begin to discover when your hair and scalp need attention. You get more in tune with the strands growing out of your scalp.
Just like you wouldn’t go for long periods of time without washing your body (I hope you wouldn’t), you don’t want to go for long periods of time not washing your hair. Once a week is sufficient for most but if you sweat in your head or use a lot of products, you will need to wash more frequently.
A few things to keep in mind when scheduling your wash day:
- Make sure you have enough time to complete all of the necessary steps (pre-poo, detangle, wash, deep condition and/or protein treat, style). Rushing is a recipe for disaster so make sure to schedule a good chunk of time (more or less depending on your length and density).
- Pick a day that is relaxing and when you won’t have many interruptions. Wash day should be an enjoyable experience and a time for you to get in tune with your crown.
- Wash your hair early in the day when you will have the most energy (assuming you don’t work at night). However, if you have more energy in the evening or late afternoon, go for it. You know your body and your schedule.
Having a scheduled time for you to wash your hair each week is an important habit to develop or maintain. Wash day is the time for you to “re-set” your hair while also re-imparting much needed moisture. Always remember that clean hair and a clean scalp are the basis for healthy hair.
Stay tuned for Good Hair Habit #3 – Dig Deep Every Week