So, I had the chance to interview my main man Maurice after I found out that he was the hair washer of the house! Yes, that’s right, he washes both of his beautiful young daughters’ hair! We love it!! I was like man, we gotta interview you on BabyBigHair to get your secrets. He was definitely up to the task so here we are! This is a brother after my own heart (actually he’s surpassed mine because I still haven’t broken out the shampoo myself! Ha! But I will use the sun to dry some hair!). Let’s see what Maurice has to say:

How did you get to have the lovely job of washing your daughters’ hair?
I got the lovely job of washing A and K’s hair by volunteering…my wife does a lot and I figured that would take one small thing off of her to do list. [Bruh, you know you made it hard for everybody else with that one statement right there! We can end the interview right now. But we’ll keep it movin’. LOL.] She already does so much for them… so I try to help when I can [Yeah Daddy!].

Can you briefly explain any particular techniques you use? Also, how do you keep the soap out of their eyes?
Man that is a hard one…my technique is to first wet their hair and then load it up with shampoo until it becomes a thick lather working my fingers in a back and forth motion until it feels like it’s clean [Shoot man, that’s a masterful steez if I do say so myself! Please, carry on…] I keep a wash cloth close by to wipe off the shampoo on their foreheads to keep it out of their eyes…I also have them to bend their heads back when I rinse their hair out…doesn’t work all of the time though…I have a hair rinsing bucket tool to rinse their hair and faces off with water. I then apply conditioner, comb it out and then rinse it again. [Plain and simple, I can dig it]

Any funny hair washing stories you want to share?
My youngest daughter K didn’t like getting her hair washed at first and would keep physically moving my hand off of her head when I would wash her hair. [Ya’ll gotta know K to know that when he says she moved his hand… she literally moved a grown man’s hand. That girl is strong!]

Any advice you want to share with perspective hair washing daddies out there?
To all of the Daddies out there…Help your wife out all you can when it comes to your daughter(s) hair. [You betta PREACH!] I can’t style hair at all [Say it!], so I help out with washing and conditioning…hey…but if you can style hair, do it…your wife will definitely appreciate it. It is also good way for you to spend a little time with your girls as well. [Deacons, please come to the alter… the doors to the chuuch are now open].

There you have it, The Hair Washing King has spoken. I definitely admire this brother’s know-how (not just in the hair washing department but knowing how to make sure he’s helping out his wife!). Can I get an amen? We know our wives appreciate it so let’s make it happen fellas. Until the next time…


OUR CURRENT HAIR WASHING ROUTINE

1) PRE-POO

The night before washing I Pre-Poo’d (condition prior to shampooing – see great write up here) with the following mixture:

  • 1 large part conditioner of any kind (Leave-In’s not excluded). I suggest using a cheaper brand for this one;
  • 1 teaspoon or tablespoon (depending on how much conditioner you use) of your choice of oil. We use extra virgin olive oil, but I’ve heard castor, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut and sunflower oils are also great moisturizers; and
  • Baking Soda, adding to the above parts little by little until the texture changes a tad bit (or you can add more till fluffy if you are pre-pooing a few minutes before washing vs. all night). ** As a side note, there are many mixed reviews on the use of baking soda on natural hair. It works for BBH, but I suggest, go moderate on your first try, or not even at all. You may achieve great results with just the conditioner and oil mixture alone as a pre-poo. I also do not recommend for daily or weekly washings. Also, some naturals use baking soda alone as a gentle cleanser.
I work through her hair and detangle with my fingers and a wide tooth comb, if necessary. Then I part her hair in large sections (a tip from Beads, Braids and Beyond), see below pic, and cover with her satin cap. Because I Pre-Poo on dry hair, it doesn’t soak through her cap and onto her pillow, etc.
Pre-Poo’d Hair


Why Pre-Poo?? For BBH, it softens the hair (partly because of the baking soda) and DRASTICALLY minimizes tangling while washing. Also, you are loading your hair with moisture, so that you’re not completely stripping the hair when washing.

2) CLEANSE**

I then proceed to wash each braided section with Kinky Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo. It’s a very gentle cleanser and can be used daily. You can shampoo the hair while in the braid, but because of the baking soda, I take each braid out and shampoo individually paying close attention to massaging the scalp and rinse. Her hair just slips because of the Pre-Poo.




**At least once a month I do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse before applying final Leave-In Conditioner. This consist of 3 parts slightly cooled water (to lock in moisture) to about a 1/2 cup of vinegar. The smell dissipates…  And it leaves hair even more incredibly soft and shiny.

3) CONDITION

Depending on my schedule and how dry her has been, I either do the following ending in Bantu knots:

  • a) on soaking wet hair, apply a water based conditioner to her hair like Kinky Curly’s Tiny Twirls Conditioner (vs. the thick opaque stuff), detangling w/fingers and cover with shower cap. Let her do her thing for 20-30 minutes and rinse out and unto 3b; or
  • b) on soaking wet hair, apply Leave-In Conditioner, which is almost always Kinky -Curly’s Knot Today (I know, I’m a billboard for KC right?!?) and detangle with fingers. *Other Leave-In’s used in the past are Beautiful Curls Curly to Kinky and Giovanni Direct Leave-In.
The knots are great for holding the moisture and Leave-In product in while I begin styling her hair.
Leave-In Conditioned Hair

4) STYLE

From here, we generally style her hair in twists and then switch up the style the following week (or few weeks after in more stretched styles). BBH’s hair does not do well drying over night, so we start washing pretty early so that her hair is dry by night time. BUT, there are many blogs out there that highly recommend drying the hair (over night) while stretching it by banding, threading or other methods such as braiding in plats all around the head. Here are a couple links/videos:

Whelp, that’s how we keep it Curly!! What’s your hair washing routine?