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!

How was your wash day this week? Be sure to check out the Wash Day Experience over at Saving Our Strands and Just Grow Already!


  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!

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

      Thank you, Nerline!

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

  3. Ugh...that updo is KILLER!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience darling!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

  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

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

  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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