‘Naturlista’ WashDay Essentials 101

So I’ve pass the 1.5 year milestone on my hair journey! **heavenly choir music**

So it got me thinking that I should share some information into some of the staple products I’ve been using to aid my hair…. The catch however… I’m a ‘naturalista’.

Definition (Urban Dictionary): Naturalista – A Black female who takes pride in her Black hair (hair that is not permed or been chemically changed in anyway).

Side Note: This isn’t to begrudge anyone who chemically treats their hair. It’s something that I’ve never done or been interested in. Even if you do treat your hair – it doesn’t take away any pride that you may have in your hair. Each woman has to handle her hair; each to their own, & honestly all hair is beautiful!

So with that being said; MOST of the ‘products’ I use are simple, natural based & inexpensive. A bit like cheap & cheerful 🙂 I’ve included products that I would typically use on a wash day; so you can kinda see the pricing & process.

So I start my wash day off the night before. I do pree-poo my hair (pree-shampoo teatment); so I run some essential oils over my hair, just to soft & add moisture the night before. I typically put coconut oil on my hair – its light & easy to apply. I always have some in my house and I can do my pree poo in about 10 mins.

Coconut Oil – Approx £2.25 (Tesco). Can be bought at any supermarket or hair shop.IMG_6876[1]

So fast forward to WASH DAY, I typically co-wash my hair now. But if I am going to shampoo; my really dirty hair, then I’ll use both the shampoo & conditioner from this same brand. They’re super inexpensive, I can pick them up from any Poundland store & it just works for me.

Argon Oil Shampoo & Conditioner – Poundland (£1 each)


So I’ll run conditioner through my hair, & use it like a shampoo. Then I’ll go in & use a homemade mix to deep condition. This mix varies throughout the year…. sometimes my hair is dryer than other seasons, or it might be lacking in strength. So I really tailor my hair around what I can see it needs. The leave on time varies also, but its typically about an hour. The points below are just products I will always put in and use as a base…

Deep Conditioner Mix up: 

  • Argon Oil Hair Mask (Poundland, £1)
  • Mayonnaise (Regular, plain eating mayo)
  • 1 – 2 eggs



Essential oils I add into the mix, depends on the season. Below are a few oils that I’m prone to include:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Amla oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor oil
  • Apricot oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Tea Tree oil

If I’m low on individual oils, then I buy pre-mixed oils. Two of my favourites are:

Mashooq (Deep Penetration Oil) – £9.99. This oil mix comes from an all natural company & honestly its been fantastic in my hair journey. It includes coconut oil, palm oil & sunflower oil. The mix is light, but coats my hair very well.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Island OilApprox £5 (Ebay). You can find this oil at any hair shop & its been my stable. It includes Carrot oil, Mango extract, Jojoba oil & Passion Fruit oil. It comes in a great applicator bottle, so applying straight onto your scalp is made easy. It also smells GORGEOUS!



After my deep conditioner is washed out, I’ll prep my hair for blow-drying. I’ll run some essential oils through my hair & proceed to apply a heat protector & leave-in conditioner.

If I’ve got it; I will apply Shea Butter. This is a natural heat protector so it is my go to. Unfortunately most of the time, I can never find the Shea Butter in my house so I opt for:

Tresemme, Protect Heat Defence Serum £9.99 (Ebay) – I must confess I ONLY buy this heat serum when I find it in Poundland, which is rare. It is fantastic for heat defence, but I’m just not willing to pay 10 pounds for something so small :/ (shoot me). So when I see it in Poundland, I try to buy in bulk.

Argan Oil, Heat Defence Leave In spray (Poundland, £1) – So my default; I use ‘Argan oil’ as my heat protector. It simply does the job & it’s a spray so you can’t really go wrong.



I also add in a leave conditioner. My current favourite is: Twisted Sista, Intensive Leave-In Conditioner (£5.89, Superdrug). This is MAGIC IN A BOTTLE! It is perfect with my de-tangling process & it leaves my hair feeling so soft. It smells AMAZING, & my hair certainly loves it.


This was my hair length in June 2017, my next length check will be at 2 years (Jan 29th 2018). To see how my hair looked last year at the start of my hair journey, simply click on the link.


Additional Side Note – I don’t want this blog to come across as me being a cheap-skate. There isn’t much that I wouldn’t for my hair. But I want to stress that I just believe in a ‘back to basics’ approach.

If you’ve made it this far, honestly CONGRATULATIONS! Like & Comment any essentials that you put in your hair. I’m so glad that I could finally get to write & share this with you. Until next time, folks!

Love always,

Marni_Faith x

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