Saturday, April 20, 2013

Washing Cornrows on Natural Hair

 Which side did I do two weeks ago... and which side did I wash and redo today? 
Can you guess?

If you can't.. well, the two weeks ago style I on the left while the one I washed and redid is on the right.

I think I have found my new way of washing and restyling Big Sis's hair. I posted earlier this week that I was going to try washing her hair while still cornrowed. I must say, I LOVED IT!!!

She had no build up because all the products we use are natural and also do not cause build up.

What did I do...

Co-wash Process
1. First saturated her hair with warm water (to open her hair cuticles) and rinsed her hair multiple times
2. Apply a generous amount of co-washing conditioner, we used V05 Clarifying Conditioner
3. Massaged her scalp and then applied to the length of her hair. Rinse
4. Repeated steps 2 and 3.

Deep Conditioning Process
1. Applied Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner to her hair
2. Covered hair with plastic bag and thick cap
3. Leave on for an hour
4. Remove and Cool and Seal (15 mins) and rinse off with cold water to close her hair cuticle and give shine.

1. On the wet hair (40% dry), applied my oil mix and Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner
2. Let conditioner penetrate for about 30 mins
3. Going cornrow by cornrow, loosen the row, seal ends with whipped shea butter and then redid the cornrow.

That was it!

With this modification in our routine, her hair did not tangle up AT ALL!! She lost about 80% less hair.  Her hair was more in a stretched manner. See right picture above. You can see that the bangs area has more stretched. We also finished styling 30 mins earlier than originally done.

I will be changing our hair routine for Big Sis to keep the same hair style for a month and use this method. The only time, we will do the unbraiding first is when we do a clarification and also when we do threading.

Let me know if you give this a try.


  1. What's in your oil mix? Is it applied before the Giovanni? Is the oil mix and Giovanni in the same bottle?

    1. My oil mix has Extra virgin Olive Oil, Avocado oil, almond oil, castor oil, lavender, peppermint, jojoba and vitamin E. I first apply the oil, then I apply the Giovanni. I am using the water (from washing her hair) as the L-iquid, then the oil, then the Giovanni has the cream. This is the LOC method.

  2. Her hair looks shiny and healthy. Great job.

  3. Lovely style and Big Sis has good hair.

  4. I have been checking out Google for care routine on corn rows and didn't see anything but was determined to find some helpful tips before I try it. Wow! Perfect post! Thank you! I just thought about deep conditioning my one week old "all back" corn rows cos I was just too lazy to take it all down. I plan to get yarn twists done but want to do another DC before getting the PS done but I was just too lazy to go the whole nine yards! Its amazing what sheer laziness can make you do! Lol not that lazy is good but it does have its "good"!
    Thanks again! Very helpful post!