How I Wash My Crochet Braids

A little over a week after putting in my crochet braids, I was ready to wash my hair. I had at least four very sweaty workouts and just felt like it was needing a fresh cleanse. So, I decided to go about it in a very similar way to how I washed my box braids. Such an easy process.

{1} I sectioned and put the hair in about 10 braids: 6 in the back, 4 in the front.

{2} I watered down CON Argan Oil Moisturizing shampoo in my usual applicator bottle. I applied the mixture directly to my scalp along my braids, rubbed my scalp with my fingertips to cleanse. I repeated the process twice to make sure I got a good lather.

I'll just confess now: I do not deep condition when I'm protective styling like this. Eeek! I know, it just seems wrong to me, too. I'm normally so big on deep conditioning, but I decided this because - 1) I don't want to water down a conditioner, apply it like I do the shampoo & have to rinse again, 2) I don't like doing too many rinses, which can cause my style to frizz and/or loosen up. I'm tryna make these styles last! At least for a few weeks. What's my resolution? Glad you asked.

{3} I use a conditioner that can double as a leave-in. I mix it with aloe vera juice and spray it on my braids. I also use this to moisturize my hair sometimes when it needs some extra uumph. I mixed Shea Moisture RSB Restorative Conditioner this time. 

{4} Air dry.

Boom. I'm done. That's really all it takes. Best wash days ever I promise. I don't unbraid the hair until my hair is dry. That's important because you always want to make sure your hair gets completely dry under your weave. I actually tried to get fancy this wash day and put some flexi-rods on the braids in hopes of a great braid out. FAIL! It was a waste. When I tell you this hair does not hold a curl to save its life, I mean it utterly refuses to hold a curl! But whatever, I went for another updo/pulled back style (front view pictured at top & back view below). Notice how those pics have virtually no evidence of the hair even having been braided? Yep, that's what I meant. I love how the thickness of this hair creates such a fullness with these styles. It's awesome! And people continually think it's my hair :) ha in my dreams. Loving these crochet braids! I could live for these easy peasy wash days, too. Barely 4 steps? Awesomeness!


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9 comments:

  1. I usually twist the hair when I wash it. I only wash my scalp. Pretty much the same thing. I don't deep condition either. I use Scurl to moisturize, and grease my scalp only after it's dry. your hair still looks good though. Have a nice day!

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    1. Great minds think alike! I've still not tried the S-curl moisturizer.

      Thank you, Nerline!

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    1. That's pretty cool, Lydz! Nothing like a stress-free wash day!

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  3. Ugh...that updo is KILLER!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience darling!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. Thank you, KLP. Tutorials will be done!

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  4. I have the shortest wash days when I'm wearing a weave too. If only all wash days could be that simple. To condition I just mix with water and use as my final rinse then seal the individual braids with oil when they're almost dry

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    1. Right! It makes wash days the best. Never thought about using a conditioner mix for my final rinse. Great idea! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your wash day experience!! It's really appreciated. Here's my process for a great braid out (hope this helps) 1.After shampooing & on damp hair, apply leave-in conditioner (I use shea butter leave-in conditioning cream) & put like 6 or 7 braids in hair 2. Braid those into bigger braids 3. Bantu knot (you may need a small rubber band to hold them in place) 4. Tie hair up & go to bed. It may seem like a lot but it works for me. I use a satin scarf & bonnet to tie hair up.

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