Washday for someone with curly 4C hair is nothing short of a marathon.
I’m not kidding. It is an actual olympic sport.
I do not have the luxury of jumping into the shower and grabbing some shampoo every morning - my wash day has to be methodically scheduled, planned and prepared for, even after doing a big chop. I know to someone who doesn't have a curly hair type this may seem ridiculous, but the fragility of my hair requires this extreme a level of attention. I set aside a full day where I have no plans, emails to work through and disconnect myself from the outside world to work through an incredibly intricate number of steps to ensure my 4C hair is well taken care of.
I am no natural hair guru and I will be the first to admit that my natural hair seldom sees the light of day. I tend to lean towards long term protective hairstyles like braids and weaves, because the harsh Northern Alberta climate is not kind to my hair, making washdays all that more important to me. As a type-A Capricorn, I personally enjoy the attention to detail it takes to go through each washday step but I am strikingly aware of the fact that I am no expert. It takes up a good chunk of my day and this task is often too much for me to handle alone so I usually find myself at my closest hair braid shop. But on days when I am up for the challenge, I know using the SHea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line will ensure I am doing things correctly.
There is a plethora of resources online that spell out every natural hair washday step and the proper way to do them with a knowledge base infinitely greater than mine, so I will not even attempt to teach in this post. Instead, I want to simply highlight and share that the Shea Moisture line has really helped my hair stay protected and healthy in the cold, dry climate I find myself in. Edmonton, Alberta experiences about 2 months of summer (in a good year) and 10 months of intense cold, dryness and prairie level weather harshness which is not at all conducive to my natural 4C hair. I tried for a period of time to rock my afro in all it’s curly, 4C glory but found that after a month or so my hair began to break and become extremely brittle. It was through the use of the Jamaicn Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Grow line that I was able to bring my hair back to life and learned very quickly that protective styles were the way to go.
My washday mission uses a wide range of the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line including the Strengthen and Restore Conditioner to detangle, Strengthen and Restore Shampoo to pre-poo and cleanse, and Strengthen and Restore Treatment Masque to detangle and moisturize. I have been using these Shea Moisture products for years through multiple relocations and journeys around the world, and these products have ensured my hair has remained healthy and protected.
If you haven’t already tried the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line on your 4C hair, which includes an amazing range of products from shampoos to blow dry crémes and anti-breakage sprays, I highly recommend it. The natural ingredients and gentle formulation ensure that our 4C hair is taken care of at every step and helps us protect our crowns and help us through every washday marathon like the Olympic champions we are.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shea Moisture’s #BeYourBeautiful Campaign; however, all thoughts and ideas are my own.