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Washday: How to save time and avoid frustration!

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Let’s be honest washday can be really long and stressful, and most times you just dread it. I can bet you have postponed it many times, as have I.

My hope is that todays blog post will help make your washday more manageable and maybe even fun .

The magic is in how you prepare for washday, lets get right to it

How to prepare for washday


Scheduling is simply slotting your washday in your calendar at the beginning of each month.

First settle on a washday frequency that works for you, then schedule it to ensure you stick to it.

At the beginning of each month ,just mark the dates or days that fall in your desired frequency. Ensure that the days you choose will not have other activities slotted in them, washday can be long so don’t try to slot a million things.

To ensure you don’t forget about your washday ,set a reminder on your phone.

As your desired day approaches take on more work, this is to ensure that you finish any work that may interrupt your wash day ,this could be some house chores ,school work or office assignment. Ensure you take care of all activities that may interrupt your washday.


It is good practice to detangle your hair before washday, tangles and knots will only get worse when you shampoo especially when you use a sulfate rich shampoo.

All you need to detangle your hair is a good detangler, your fingers and a wide toothed comb. A detangler can be store bought detangler, a rinse out conditioner, water only , mix of water and oil or a mix of water and glycerin, the idea is to find something that will soften your hair making it easier to manage. Find what works but don’t let the lack of a product hold you back.

Simple detangling procedure

  • Slightly dampen your hair to allow for parting, you can use a spray bottle for this.
  • Part your hair in a good number of sections. It’s always easier to work in sections, trying to manipulate your full head of hair will just be frustrating.
  • Clip the sections, leaving out the one you wish to start with
  • Apply your preferred detangler to the first section.
  • Begin with finger detangling (simply using your fingers to separate your hair). Finger detangling will help you carefully separate tangled and knotted strands with minimal breakage or damage. (finger detangling should always come before any combing)
  • Once you are able to run your fingers through the section you can now go in with your wide toothed comb or Denman brush.
  • Start combing at the ends as you work your way up to the roots, think of it as combing in levels/sections as you go up. Gentleness and patience is key here
  • Once you are done with the first section twist it up or clip it (this will ensure the section doesn’t form tangles once again and also doesn’t shrink)
  • Repeat the process for all sections.
  • If your hair is like mine you may get impatient over time so keep reminding yourself to remain patient and gentle.
  •  A good playlist can help you calm down.

Check out how @esthernmathu detangles her hair ,in this video –How to detangle/comb your hair

Prepooing /Pre-shampoo treatment

A Prepoo is a product you apply to your hair strands to protect your hair strands from the stress of shampooing. Oils are the best prepoos since they make the hair softer ,and they have the ability to penetrate the hair protecting hair protein ,lipid and moisture content.

prepoo oil

The main aims of any prepoo is to;

  • Minimize tangling
  • Minimize moisture loss and natural oils loss from hair strands
  • Minimize shrinkage
  • Aid in detangling and manipulation

I personally make use of coconut oil, it is an effective prepoo since it can penetrate the hair strands and significantly reduce any damage to the cuticle(outer hair layer ).

To shorten your washday ,Prepoo the night before washday let the oil stay in your hair over night(cover your hair with a shower cap).

Prepoo tools

  • Oil
  • Hair clips /Hair bands
  • Wide toothed comb/&detangling brush
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Shower cap
wide toothed comb
Wide toothed comb

Simple Prepoo procedure

  • Divide your hair into sections. Smaller sections will give you easier access to your strands.
  • Twist up or clip the sections, whatever works for you.
  • Spray a little water on one section(the goal is to make it damp ,not wet)
  • Detangle the section gently. First go in with finger detangling then later go in a wide tooth comb.
  • After detangling the section, apply oil and smooth it into your strands really well.
  • Twist up the section and repeat the process for all sections.
  • Finish by covering your hair with a shower cap

For best results let the oil stay in your hair overnight. Ensure you add a satin bonnet on top of your cap when you go to bed, this helps generate more heat which helps the oil penetrate the hair shaft.

Make it a point not to skip detangling and prepooing, they are absolute game changers. They will make it much easier to handle your hair during washday and most importantly they will save you from frustration and tangles.

Keep your Washday essentials close

  • Oil
  • Hair ties
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Shower cap
  • Satin Bonnet
  • Shampoo
  • Rinse out Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner
  • Leave in Conditioner
  • Butter ,creams and other stylers

When its finally washday, one hack that will save you time throughout your process of shampooing ,deep conditioning, moisturizing and styling is WORKING IN SECTIONS

work in sections

Thank you for taking the time to read ,I hope this post has been of some help to you. Be sure to join me on my next blog post.

Share in the comments section below some tips that are saving you time and frustration.

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Mwangi Kanyua

Mwangi Kanyua

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I am Mwangi Kanyuah a beauty enthusiast and natural hair blogger based in Nairobi ,Kenya. I  believe in safe beauty practices that seek to embrace ,celebrate and enhance who we are .

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