Lazy Girl's Wash Day | Natural Hair With Tapered Cut

Happy Wash Day, ladies and gentlemen! It's been a while since I've shared a wash day post, hasn't it? Since it's the start of a new year, I decided it was high time to do so. I did the big chop back in November of 2018 and have been experiencing a lot of trial & error when it comes to finding products that work for my natural hair. Now that I've found a happy medium with what works (and doesn't) for my hair, I thought it would be a great time to reintroduce wash day posts here on the blog. Check out my recent wash day routine for my tapered cut + natural hair below.

wash day routine natural hair

CLEANSE | I completely saturate my hair with warm water and apply OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil  Moisture & Growth Shampoo throughout hair and scalp. I lather my hair thoroughly and massage shampoo into my scalp for a good two minutes.

CONDITION | After cleansing, I apply OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil Moisture & Growth Conditioner to my hair generously enough to coat my hair from root to tip. Then I let it sit in my hair for about 20 minutes (or the sum total minutes of one Golden Girls episode lol).  I follow up by rinsing and blot-drying excess water with a t-shirt. 

DEFINE CURLS | I slather my hair with Cantu Wave Whip Curling Mousse while my hair is still wet. I start from my tapered back and sides, then work my way up shingling the product through my hair with my fingers. Then I rub Eco Style Coconut Oil Styling Gel in my hands and apply it to my hair, as if I were sealing in the mousse. I make sure to pay attention to the coils in the top and front of my hair, as they are two different textures. If I do a rush job of this step, my curls and waves will frizz. 

wash day routine for natural hair

STYLE MAINTENANCE | To keep my coils intact for a few days, I carefully rub a dollop of OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil Moisture & Curling Hair Sorbet throughout my strands. I make sure not to use too much product because I don't want to cause build-up from the excess. If my hair appears dry after applying the hair sorbet, I will add a dime-size amount of OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil throughout my hair to seal in the moisture. 

wash day routine for natural hair

My wash-day results were pretty good. OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil Moisture & Growth Shampoo always does a great job of cleansing my hair without leaving it dry. And following up with the moisturizing OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil Moisture & Growth Castor Oil Conditioner makes my hair feel so soft, y'all. The formula isn't thick nor does it leave my hair feeling heavy, which I love. And can I squeal for a bit here about how wonderful they smell? Imagine resting up under a citrus tree while waiting for your hair to dry. The sweet fragrance of oranges and grapefruit smells so good to me! 

My dear cousin introduced me to the OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil brand after I did the big chop and I've been loving their products every since. My hair feels soft, healthy, and dare I even say thicker since I've been using it? Indeed. Hair thickness is a newfound joy for me as a natural because my hair was never thick when I was relaxed.

tapered cut on natural hair
I will probably wear my hair like this for about 4 days. After that point, I usually start scratching in my scalp and yearning for a quick co-wash of As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner. Let me guys know if you want to see the results from that wash day or how I maintain my tapered natural hair and I'll be sure to share the details! In the meantime, I'd love to hear about how you guys are doing in your hair journey. What has wash day been looking like for you this winter? 

How was your most recent wash day?
What products do you use?
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