The 5-Step Routine For Textured Hair
Every Sunday I wash my hair; it’s almost ritualistic and I’d go as far as to call it my ‘self care’. Putting the right at-home regimen in place for my hair type has taken a lot of trial and error, but I think I’ve perfected it now.
Step 1: Detangle and Prep
My routine starts by lightly wetting my hair and detangling with a wide tooth comb. Then I will use Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, N/A as my pre-shampoo treatment. This is a recent discovery that I made during lockdown and it’s fast become one of my favourite products. It’s great at restoring the bonds in your hair and helping to strengthen and boost overall shine. Usually I try to leave it on for at least 10-to-15 minutes before I rinse and shampoo.
Step 2: Co-Wash Or Deep Cleanse
Shampoo is something that I tend to change quite regularly as I like to try different formulas. I look for ones that won’t strip my hair. Currently I’m loving Aveda’s Nutriplenish Deep Moisture line. Sometimes I’ll just use the conditioner to co-wash my hair. Just using the Aveda Nutriplenish Conditioner Deep Moisture, £31.5 to wash my hair helps retain more moisture.
On weeks where I have used a lot of hair gel or styling products, I’ll use something a lot more heavy duty to give my hair a deep cleanse. For this I’ll use Living Proof PhD Triple Detox Shampoo, £27. The formula is fab because even though it’s a detox shampoo, it’s incredibly gentle and doesn’t strip your hair. It comes with a little strip that you can use to test the ‘hardness’ of your water at home to determine how often you may need to use it to remove product build-up.
Step 3: Friction-Free Drying
After I’ve co-washed or shampooed, I use my Aquis Hair Towel Lisse Luxe - Desert Rose, N/A to lightly dry my hair. I leave it a little wet before I deep condition. This particular towel is a game-changer though as it’s super gentle and prevents any breakage or frizz. Plus, it speeds up drying time.
Step 4: Deep Conditioning Masks
Deep conditioning hair masks are essential for textured hair as they help boost moisture. Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask, £32 is my favourite at the moment. I love the smell and the rich texture. My hair is left feeling super soft and hydrated. I usually leave this on for a couple hours and get on with my Sunday task… Netflix!
Step 5: Smooth Frizz and Condition
After rinsing out my mask, I saturate my towel-dried hair with a leave-in conditioner, such as IGK Hair Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm, £14. This formula so light, but it does an incredible job of hydrating my hair and reducing frizz. When using I make sure to pay particular attention to the ends of my hair as they are most prone to breakage through not being hydrated.
I'm a fan of Charlotte Mensah Manketti Hair Pomade, which has a beautiful, rich, creamy texture that I run though my hair to moisturise and give my curls some extra definition and shine. Finally, I seal all of this moisture in with Charlotte Mensah Manketti Hair Oil, £48, which is simply divine.