This past Sunday was my wash day and the perfect time to show you exactly what I do and further expound on my love for my celies. One of the things that turned my hair care life onto a new path paved with the promises of fewer tangles and a quicker more thorough cleanse was washing my hair in sections. Not just any sections but two stranded twisted sections. I call them celies and they are the best things I’ve done for my hair in the last nearly two years. Period. I recommend the method to anyone who has curly/kinky hair that reaches their shoulders when stretched or straightened. This is how I do it:
I started with my hair in twists that were pretty much detangled already, but if I hadn’t I’d twist them into seven to eight sections. No need for persnickety parting just as long as the sections are as evenly distributed as possible. I lather up the cleanser in my hands before applying to the scalp. Gently massaging at my roots and squeezing the soapy water through the ends of the twists if I need to remove build up.
2. Rinse and Towel Up
Rinse until water runs clear and slap on a towel to blot off excess water. I’m using a regular terry cloth cotton towel not fazed by it being too rough on my hair because a.) it’s only blotting for just a moment and b.) the celies protect my hair from an excessive friction by concept of strength in numbers. The second photo is what it looks like after a quick wrap in the towel.
3. Unravel and Condition
Each celie is unraveled and the section finger detangled. I apply a generous amount of conditioner and avocado oil , combing through the roots to the ends if necessary. Then retwist before moving to the next section
4. Just A Little Bit More
Once all sections are twisted I add just a bit more conditioner squeezing through the length of each celie.
5. Bonnet Up and Go Under the Hood
I should graduate to a permanent less likely to choke out the planet earth cap, but here I am with my plastic cap ready to sit under my hooded dryer on high heat for 20 – 30 minutes.
6. Final Rinse, Towel, and Twist Up
I rinse with lukewarm water careful not to remove all the product. There should still be a little left behind to help all the deep conditioning I did go the distance. Then I blot again with the towel. If I have to go to bed fairly soon which is what I had to do on this particular wash day, I twist the sections together into two giant twists otherwise I let my celies air dry. If I’m in a rush I’ll go back under the hooded dryer for another fifteen minutes to knock off any excess but I rarely ever do that.
7. Tie Up
To sleep I tie up the two giant twists together (no bobby pins) and throw on a satin bonnet or turban. In the morning I unravel the twists so my hair is out in its usual seven to eight celies. I’ll let it air dry while I get ready for the day.
I usually deep condition every wash day as I only wash my hair every three to four weeks. More often I find is too drying and too much manipulation for my hair and any less…is not hygienic. If you’ve never tried this method before I obviously recommend that you do. My scalp is clean, my hair is moisturized from root to tip, and the tangles are more than manageable. I can’t imagine going back to washing my hair en masse like I used to. The idea makes me deeply uncomfortable and I really don’t want to go to that dark place right now. Try washing this way out and change your life.
I’m having some trouble getting crisp shots so we’re just not gonna make a big deal out of that and instead rejoice in the fact that I had the presence of mind to remember to take pictures during wash day because it was one of those things I forget to remember until it’s too late. And damn it if I wasn’t so tired that I could fell my bones ache.