How Cosmo’s Beauty Director Does Wash Day

I might be alone in this, but I love Wash Day. You know, the day dedicated to washing and caring for your hair that can be tedious and stressful. How could I possibly love such a torturous activity? Well, because it’s one of the only times in my insanely busy life that I get to focus solely on myself. Selfish? Nope. It’s self-care.

It’s not a stretch to say that living through this pandemic has taught us that our mental health is important. But it takes work—which is exactly why Cosmo teamed up with Carol’s Daughter, a Black-founded beauty brand known for its natural hair products, to bring attention to the topic. As a beauty director, it’s my job to not only tell y’all about the dopest products, tools and treatments to try, but also to show you how beauty connects us beyond the *stuff,* which takes me back to Wash Day.

Tbh, the process is also a form of therapy for me. If I’m not loving on myself, then I don’t have the energy and sanity to love on all the people around me. Let’s unpack this for a sec. I don’t have an actual therapist, though I probably should. I vent to my hubby, my bffs, and generally just scream into the void: Ahhhhhhhhh! But I’m also deeply dedicated to my beauty rituals, which bring me a level of peace that is truly essential.

Here are a few things that make what I call my thateapy dope routine:

  • Great music or an audio book: If the tunes are on, then it’s going to be trap music. Carol’s Daughter also has an epic Pandora station that’s curated just for Wash Day. If I’m listening to an audio book, it’s most likely an autobiography about someone I admire.
  • Snacks: Depending on what my hair needs that day or how I’m styling it, this process can take HOURS. I usually have popcorn and several glasses of wine throughout.
  • FaceTime sessions: I try to get in some sister-friend chats during Wash Day. It’s usually when I’m doing the twists for my twist-out style. It helps pass the time, and again, it’s also amazing therapy to have this time with my peeps.
  • Solo screen time: Basically I just watch all the shows or movies that I love that no one ever wants to watch with me. It’s glorious!
  • Family: Something that brings me so much happiness is washing my seven-year-old son’s hair—he has beautiful locs. If I have enough time (and energy) after my Wash Day regimen, I like to throw him in the bath and wash his hair. It’s such a beautiful time to bond.

    My Wash Day Routine

    Now let me throw in a quick humble flex. Over the years of working in the beauty industry, I’ve been able to forge some pretty amazing relationships—one of which is with Lisa Price, the founder of Carol’s Daughter. What started as a professional connection has turned into a true sisterhood. Lisa is someone I will call if I need personal advice or if I just want to giggle about something funny that happened. Again, a perfect example of the joy beauty can bring. Plus, the brand makes some bomb products—but you already know that! Here’s exactly how I use them in my six-step Wash Day routine.

    Step 1: Start By Detangling

    Before I shampoo, I divide my hair into two sections and finger detangle. This helps minimize shedding and breaking once I get into the shower and use my products.

    Step 2: Time to Shampoo

    One section at a time, I completely saturate my hair with water and add the Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Sulfate-Free Shampoo. I love this product because the nozzle helps me apply the formulation right onto my scalp. I get a good lather going and then rinse. I do this twice on both sections.

    Step 3: Condition in Sections

    Next I divide those two sections in half, making four sections. This allows me to really work in the Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Dream Detangler Jelly-to-Cream Conditioner. Once the formula is applied, I use my detangling brush to gently brush out any snags. This is my favorite part because the brush feels glorious gliding through my clean, smooth hair.

    Step 4: Moisturize and Protect

    After my hair is conditioned and detangled, I hop out of the shower and add about a quarter-sized amount of the Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Cream Serum Hair Moisturizer to the sections. I pin each up as I go to get ready for the blow dry process.

    Step 5: Blow Dry

    So I won’t bore you with the details of blow drying my hair, but just know that it takes some time and I’m usually in full blown karaoke mode while I’m doing it. Once my hair is totally dry, it’s ready for the braid install.

    Step 6: Braid and Add Hold

    So! Here I am six hours later with a head full of badass, knotless box braids. To finish off the look and make sure they stay looking and feeling fresh, I add the Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Gel-to-Foam Styler. I use about 10 pumps to cover my hair from the scalp to the ends. I will definitely have this product handy whenever the braids need a quick refresh or after washing them.

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