By Geniece of Beautifully Made
There’s a myth going around town that you need to do ten steps a week in order to keep your hair in perfect health. I will be the first to admit that I don’t always practice what I preach. While deep conditioning every week is ideal, gently separating every strand is preferred and mixing your own natural products is an admirable goal, its difficult to do these religiously, if at all. The reality is that the busyness of life takes over and some of us (cough…cough…me) don’t always feel like investing that time and energy. If you’ve never been lazy with your hair then I both applaud you and side-eye you at the same time. Seriously, caring for hair can become tedious, boring and sometimes downright annoying.
Despite the bouts of laziness that have come my way during my natural hair journey I’ve managed to do the bare minimum without causing irreparable damage to my hair. Today I want to share with you how to be hair lazy without hurting your hair or ruining your hair goals.
There is an area of our hair routine that many of us particularly dislike. For you it might be detangling. For someone else it may be styling. Whatever the least favorite aspect of your hair routine is decide to be lazy in that area but be fairly disciplined about the rest. As you go through your lazy hair weeks here are a few tips to get you through those moments when you have no desire to deal with your hair.
1. Invest in a good, slippery conditioner. It will save you a LOT of time by making detangling easier.
2. Keep hair stretched when dry to reduce knotting
3. Use a seamless wide tooth comb
4. Only finger detangle during week. Limit detangling with a comb to wash day.
5. Reduce washing to every 10 days or 2 weeks (only continue if your scalp doesn’t suffer)
6. Dampen hair and use a good moisturizer to be sure that the lack of washing doesn’t affect your moisture situation
7. If possible split up wash day (i.e. wash and apply deep conditioner over night, then rinse the following
8. After washing apply whole leaf aloe vera gel/juice and an oil of your choice to hair. Place a shower cap on for 15–20 minutes. This is a deep conditioning treatment you don’t have to wash out, so you can style right after you’re done.
9. After washing place hair in large twists or braids (6–12). Air dry hair stretched. Remove braids the next
morning or after several hours and put hair in a simple up do.
Ladies, what tips or strategies do you use to save time on hair care?