Natural Hair Washing Methods: 3 Simple Ways to Do It

How to wash hair without the tangles. 

Natural hair washing methods go far beyond whether you choose to wash your curls with a sulfate-free shampoo, pre-poo or co-wash only. Curly girls know that if their hair isn’t properly detangled, the hair washing process can last for a very long time. To get around this, there are some effective methods you can carry out prior to washing your hair to make the process seamless and less time consuming.

Washing hair in sections, twists or even braids are methods a lot of natural haired girls have gotten down to a science. Ahead, we break down how you can easily try these routines at home. Try them out and stick to the hair washing method that works best for you:

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Detangle prior to washing to help avoid tangles.

1. Wash your hair in sections.

Before beginning your wash routine, use a detangling product like Dove Absolute Curls Leave-in Detangler. Although this is a leave-in conditioner, you can also use it for this purpose. Spray the detangler all over your hair then finger comb to work it through. Use a wide-tooth or shower comb to continue detangling your hair in sections.

After you’ve completed this process, part your hair down the center to create a ponytail on each side. During the hair washing process, wash each section at a time. This method helps prevent your entire head from tangling during the shampooing process.

2. Wash your hair in braids.

Whether you’re cleansing your protective style or not, washing your hair in braids is another effective way to wash natural hair while avoiding tangles. If you’re carrying this method out on loose hair, detangle first, then create as many chunky braids you desire. You want to go with bigger braids to speed up the take-down process after washing. Smaller braids take a much longer time to remove.

Once you have all your braids in, apply your shampoo directly to your roots, massage it in and rinse completely. Consider gently ringing your braids to make sure the shampoo is completely rinsed out. Repeat this same step with your conditioning routine.

Some women opt for drying hair with braids in, but you can also remove your braids during the conditioning process to finger detangle your hair. Our suggestion: Do one braid at a time. Undo one braid, rinse, detangle braid again, then move on to the next.

3. Wash your hair in twists.

Washing your hair in twists is similar to the braids technique. However, after creating two-strand twists in your hair, you may want to secure your ends with clips or hair ties to prevent it from untwisting while you’re washing. After twisting and securing your ends, proceed with the wash routine as mentioned above.

Editor’s note: After using one the natural hair washing methods listed above, be sure to follow-up with a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized and easy to style. Some of our favorites include Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-in Conditioner and Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner. Both products will leave your hair super soft and prepared for heat styling, if you plan to follow-up with a hair dryer or flat iron.