Until middle school my parents put my waist long hair in a braid almost nightly. My hair was always being touched and talked about by others. Uh, no thanks.
The day my hair was cut to my shoulders my mom cried. I, however, felt a weight lifted. And then my hair went into a ponytail and never came out.
Actually, that’s not true. A couple years later I cut my hair short enough that ponytails weren’t possible. Stylists never knew how to cut it, so that in itself was…great? Bell-shaped hair was my signature look, plus brushing it never helped the diameter.
Present day me doesn’t brush my hair. Whaaaat?
Here’s what happens now.
Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo gets lathered all throughout my wet hair. which took me by surprise at first. There are very light suds, which you [and your hair] will get adjusted to. The name of the game is an all over clean, so I flip my head over, get the shampoo super into the knots, and then wash it out.
Due to the whole ‘no brush or comb’ thing, way more hair comes out, which makes sense. [This is where I have to recommend a drain cover if you don’t have a good one.]
Next for me is a fingertip scoop of As I Am Coconut Cowash. I lather it all throughout my hair and let it sit for a couple of minutes, and, yep…wash it out. More hair comes out and my hair feels somewhat knotted again.
STOP THE WASH
The proverbial frosting on this cupcake is the As I Am Leave-In Conditioner. Not only does it smell amazing, this is where the tangles start to free themselves. I rub my palms together like it’s lotion, flip my head over [do you see a trend here?], and run my fingers through my hair to get rid of more loose bits.
With my head [yep] flipped, the hair gets scrunched up towards my scalp a few times. THIS IS WHERE THINGS CHANGE. I do not wash the conditioner out. I know, the surprise was taken away with the whole name thing, but whatever. That’s it. Hair washing is over.
The hair gets tied into a shirt on my head and there it stays for 30 minutes…or until it falls down. It’s nappable – I’ve proved that multiple times.
Occasionally, when it’s still damp, I’ll add a little Cantu Coconut Curling Cream to help with frizz. The thickness of the cream would leave one to believe the hair will be weighted down – thankfully, it’s the exact opposite and so, so good.
The real goal here is to not touch the hair once it’s dried. And to be completely honest, I have zero self control when it comes to that. Once hair falls in my face, up it goes – clips or ties. It’s an experience.
Though for the short amount of time it’s down, at least it looks decent.
I wash my hair first so it can dry a little before wrapping it in a shirt.
Cotton t-shirts work best on a budget. No need to get a hair wrap.