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My hair is so DRY. Seriously I took my hair down from a braided hair style and I’m surprised my hair didn’t turn into dust haha. 

If you didn’t know curlier hair textures require WAY more moisture than straighter hair . In fact the curlier/kinkieryour hair the DRIER it will get, especially as the temperature outside drops. So it is important that you spend time weekly moisturizing your hair and keeping it nice and hydrated with a good wash day routine.

Have you been struggling with dry hair this fall/winter ? Because I sure am. That’s why I’m writing this post to give you the step by step wash day routine I used to nurse my dry and brittle hair back into juicy moisturized goodness. 

Affiliate Disclaimer: I just want to let you know that there are affiliate links in this post, and I do receive commission when you purchase products I link in this post. This is of course at no cost to you and all of my recommendations are honest personal opinions only and should be followed at your own risk .

1 | Pre Poo and Detangle Your Hair

I never skip my pre poo before I wash my hair (unless doing a protein treatment) . Pre poo is basically moisturizing your hair prior to shampooing to prevent over-drying your hair due to the chemicals in shampoo . 

I do try to pick a good quality shampoo that does not have harsh chemicals but I still think a pre-poo helps prevent dryness as well. 

Anyways . A good moisturizing  Pre-Poo followed by detangling is my first step to washing my hair and keeping it healthy all Winter long . 

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What you need : 

  • Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil
  • Wide tooth comb 
  • Clips 

How to Pre-Poo and Detangle Your Hair :

  • Apply a generous amount of coconut oil all over your hair and let sit for 15-20 minutes 
  • Section your hair using the clips into 4 sections.
  • Use the wide tooth comb to Detangle hair section by section.

2| Shampoo Your Hair 

I can not emphasize enough how important it is to incorporate shampoo into your routine. Shampooing rids your hair of all the dirt and buildup that has accumulated throughout the week. Dirt and buildup not only clog the pores within your scalp , preventing growth but it also keeps the good products and nutrients from being absorbed into your hair . 

I don’t know about you but hair products are expensive so I don’t want to waste them by applying them to dirty hair that cant even receive their value. So PLEASEE keep your hair clean . 

Once my hair is detangled and prepped I will then shampoo my hair using a good quality shampoo . The shampoo I used for this wash day is the Sauce Beauty Intense Repair Shampoo: Mint and Peppermint Oil and let me tell you it is the BOMB. It smells so amazing and has peppermint oil to add an extra kick to really cleanse your hair.

What You Need: 

How To Shampoo Your Hair: 

  • Split hair into 2 sections (vertical  down the middle) .
  • Shampoo hair one section at a time .
  • Rinse.

3 | Deep Condition Your Hair 

Deep conditioning is soo important . If you only take one thing  from this post  please let lot be deep conditioning . It can not be ignored, especially for kinkier/curlier textures . What deep conditioning is , is basically an extension of your regular conditioner . It replenishes your tresses and balances the moisture that has been lost throughout the week . 

This is literally my favorite step haha . I LIVE FOR a good deep condition treatment haha. 

Now what’s great about deep conditioning is you can use a store bought deep conditioner, you can make one at home OR you can even use a combination of both. 

For this wash day I chose to use a combination of a store bought conditioner called Sauce, jojoba oil and vegetable glycerin . This combo works wonders for dry hair BUT if you would like to try out  all natural route check out my post For DIY Deep Conditioners for step by step recipes to create awesome deep conditioners with ingredients you can find in your kitchen . 

Also note when I deep condition my hair I like to turn up the heat and you can see exactly what I mean by that in the How To below 🙂

What You Need : 

How To Deep Condition Your Hair: 

  • Mix the Sauce conditioner , vegetable glycerin and jojoba oil into a bowl you want enough conditioner to completely saturate your hair then just add the Tbsp of jojoba oil and vegetable glycerin.
  • Apply mixture to your hair .
  • Cover with plastic cap .

Now for the best part it’s time to TURN UP THE HEAT !!! For this step I use my Gold N Hot Hooded Dryer to really get the product to penetrate into my scalp for a TRUE deep conditioning treatment. No I didn’t go and but a fancy $400 hooded dryer.. no ma’am I got this hooded dryer on amazon for only $12 and it works MIRACLES for my hair. This is by far the best addition to my wash day routine especially for my low porosity hair that ADORES indirect heat.

I usually will keep the plastic cap on anywhere from 15-30 minutes . I find this time frame works best for my hair and there is no need to exceed 30 minutes. 

After I allow the heat to work with my deep conditioner I will then just rinse my hair out  and move on to the next step. 

Related Post | 6 Reasons Why You’re Hair Is Not Growing

4| Moisture Moisture Moisture and Dry

Once you rinse out the conditioner you’re going to want to put a little more moisture in your hair to really seal the deal . It’s important to moisturize your hair even after conditioning especially during the colder months. The cold weather literally will suck the moisture out of your hair which leads to dryness and inevitably breakage so making sure your hair is moisturized at all times is important if you want healthy hair that GROWS.

After washing my hair I love to moisturize with the Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner which makes my hair soft and shiny.  After I have added the leave-in conditioner I will follow it up with a thin layer of Jojoba Oil to seal in all the moisture. 

What You Need : 

How To Moisturize Your Hair :

  • After rinsing out the conditioner towel dry your hair until its damp . You do not want your hair dripping wet. 
  • Section your hair into 4-8 sections depending on the length of your hair – I use 8 sections.
  • Apply Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner followed by a thin layer of jojoba oil.
  • Twist or Braid each section , cover with a satin scarf and air dry for a stretched and moisturized finish to your wash day. 


I know my wash day seems like a long process but honestly from start to finish it takes about an 90 minutes and that includes the time I’m spending while letting product penetrate my scalp. So in all reality its like 30 minutes of work haha. 

I love this routine and while I may switch up the products this is essentially what I do every week to keep my hair healthy, happy and moisturized . 

Following a wash day weekly that includes deep conditioning has drastically improved the health of my hair and I know if you add it to your routine your hair will thrive just like mine did. 

I do want to always add that hair growth takes time , you can’t expect to deep condition one Time and BOOM your hair is healthy and thriving . Unfortunately, it does not work that way BUT what you can do is be consistent with caring for your hair and soon you will notice first the health of your hair change and that will lead to the growth . 

Also, not all products that work for me will work for you , these are just products I love that I hope you can love too . It is still important that you pay attention to and learn YOUR hair because that will be the ultimate key to growing healthy hair that you LOVE 🙂

Until Next Time !

Was this wash day routine helpful for you ? Is there something you include in your wash day that has helped your hair ? PLEASE share in the comments below ! 

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