Wash day tips

When it comes to taking care of African hair, wash day is one of the most important rituals in our hair care routine. Wash day is a comprehensive and necessary process that can help to maintain the hair’s natural texture, promote growth, and keep the scalp healthy.

However, not all wash day practices are created equal, it can be overwhelming to figure out the best ones for your hair type and texture. In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the best wash day practices for African hair that will not only make your routine easier but also improve the overall health, length, and vibrancy of your hair.

Detangling before washing

Before washing, it’s essential to detangle your hair starting from the ends and working towards the roots, gently loosening and removing any knots or tangles. Detangling your hair before washing makes the process a lot easier and less damaging. Knots and tangles can cause breakage, which can lead to thinning and slower growth.

Detangling during Conditioning

In addition to detangling before washing, detangling your hair while conditioning can also help keep your hair moisturized, reduce breakage, and promote growth. The slip provided by the conditioner makes it easier to remove any remaining tangles, and it helps to prep your hair for styling.


Pre-poo or pre-shampoo treatment is applying a nourishing hair treatment before shampooing to help prevent moisture loss and improve hair health. Pre-poo can vary from hot oil treatment that are applied to dry hair and left on for a few minutes or overnight.


Scalp massage is an excellent way to improve circulation, unclog hair follicles and promote hair growth as you detangle your hair. During the massage, take your time and add some pressure to stimulate the scalp’s nerve endings that lead to hair follicles. This process helps to promote healthy hair growth and will ultimately keep your scalp in good health. Doing a massage while shampooing during wash day can help stimulate your scalp for a relaxing and invigorating wash. Learn more about scalp massages here

Frequency of washes

The frequency of hair wash largely depends on your hair’s texture and how much product build-up it accumulates. Nevertheless, regular washing is critical to keep the scalp healthy and clean. African hair textures are more prone to dryness and need to be washed and conditioned regularly to keep the hair moisturized and reduce breakage. It’s recommended to wash your hair at least once a week but not more than twice (substitute shampoo for co-wash) to avoid stripping the scalp of natural oils.

Finally, remember to use products that give your hair adequate moisture and hydration to keep it nourished and healthy-looking.  Switching to natural ingredients for your wash day routine is also ideal for hair nourishment and also reduces the risk of harsh chemicals that can cause scalp irritation or dryness.

Mara Cruiz Hair Products are made with high-quality natural plant-based ingredients specifically formulated to nourish and protect your hair.

Tips for Washday using Mara Cruiz Products


Start by washing your hair with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo like the Mara Cruiz Shampoos. Mara Cruiz shampoos are made with blends of African black soap, the finest herbal extracts, and hair-loving oils. They gently cleanse the hair and scalp thoroughly without stripping the hair of its natural oils. It removes product buildup from your scalp, leaving your hair looking fresh and smelling awesome.​​​​​​​​ Mara Cruiz shampoos bubble very well, so a little goes a long way.​​​​​​​

We are not leaving out our deeply nourishing Rinse out Conditioner, of course, your wash day wouldn’t be complete without it. The Rinse Out Conditioner is usually the second step to hair washing. The right Rinse Out Conditioner can make all the difference in your hair care routine. It helps to close the cuticles of the hair follicles and restore any moisture that may have been lost during the washing process.

So, once you have washed always follow up with any of the Mara Cruiz Rinse-out conditioners to restore moisture and rinse your hair.

In conclusion, incorporating detangling ahead of wash day, detangling during conditioning, pre-poo, scalp massage and being mindful of the frequency of washes are essential best practices to consider in your wash day routine that will keep your hair healthy and growing. With these tips along with Mara Cruiz organic products, you can achieve the perfect wash day routine and rock healthy, moisturized, and lustrous African hair.

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