I am at the stage of my hair journey where the latest products or hair growing techniques no longer pique my interest. I am, however, always on the hunt for tips and tricks that will shorten the time it takes me to wash, detangle or style my hair. Over the past two years I’ve cut out weekly washing and deep conditioning and have opted to wash my hair bi-weekly and deep condition as needed. Recently, I have found that there are some weeks when I want to cleanse my scalp but don’t have the 90 minutes it requires to apply a pre-shampoo conditioner and detangle. This becomes especially necessary during weeks when I sweat from my scalp or have product build up. After some thought I figured out at way to get around the full wash day routine, while still giving my hair a mid week cleansing. Unlike the usual 3–4 hours it takes to do my usual wash routine, I can complete the Quick Cleanse in 30–45 minutes
The Quick Cleanse
- 1. First, I will only do a quick cleanse on already stretched hair. Styles like a braid out, twist out or stretched up dos are some examples of styles I consider stretched hair styles. I don’t recommend doing the quick cleanse on hair that is very tangled. If your hair is tangled you should fully detangle with conditioner.
- 2. Divide stretched hair into 4 sections, securing each section with a clip.
- 3. Jump in the shower and saturate your hair with water. Take one section down and, using a color applicator bottle filled with diluted apple cider vinegar or non sulfate shampoo, squeeze some of the cleanser into section of the hair.
- 4. Gently massage scalp in order to break up any residue. You don’t need to worry about your scalp being squeaky clean, however. You need not spend more than 2 minutes on each section. Remember, your full wash day (likely the following week) will allow you to follow through with your wash regimen.
- 5. Once each section has been cleansed you are now ready to add a leave in conditioner/detangler to your hair. I like Oyin’s Honey Hemp conditioner. It detangles as well as a wash out conditioner with the bonus of a leave in.
- 6. Here’s the shocker. I don’t do a full detangle. This is why I can finish this process in about 30 minutes. I divide the two sections in the back in two more sections and detangle the ends (about the last 4 inches of hair). I then braid the section, leaving me with 4 large braids in the back. I will leave it like this over night.
- 7. With the front I’ll usually style my hair in two large flat twists, separated by a side part. I will then tie my hair down with a satin scarf. That’s it!
- 8. In the morning I will take the braids in the back out and usually pin the hair into a bun, roll or large twist up do.
Okay, so about step 6. Some of you will feel that you’ll create a nightmare for yourself when you have to detangle during your full wash the following week. You know your hair so don’t do something that you think you’ll regret. My hair is waist length when straightened and very tightly coiled, shinking to about 70% of its length. Still, I find that if my hair was in a stretched state before the quick cleanse then when I detangle the following week (with my hair full of oil and conditioner as usual) the process is no more complicated than usual. Detangling the very ends is a trick I use to prevent tangling at the end that might result in knotting or breakage.
So, that’s my quick cleanse. What tips do you have for cleansing your hair in between full washes?