Is it just me, or do celebrity beauty tips get more and more relatable as time goes by? Gone are the days when you would flip open an edition of Vogue to read about your favorite actresses’ beauty routine only to find that the products used were so expensive that there was no hope of copying it without having to declare bankruptcy after a few months. A lot of famous people are embracing the idea that just because a product is a drugstore brand doesn’t mean it’s sub-par, and that there are always a few non-prestige items that wind up being pretty good dupes or simply astonishing in their own merit.
Celebrity beauty tips aren’t limited to skin care and makeup, but personally, I don’t pay much attention to their hair tips because most of the time, whoever is giving the tips has a completely different hair type from mine. Also, I should mention that when it comes to Black hair, things are so much more complex. You could have the same tightly coiled kinks as the latest It girl but be different porosity-wise. And so it’s not quite as simple as finding someone with your hair pattern and copying their entire routine. There’s also the issue of individual sensitivities to common ingredients to consider.
A lot of famous people are embracing the idea that just because a product is a drugstore brand doesn’t mean it’s sub-par.
However, just like in skin care, there are a few universal tips and tricks for hair care that can be applied to individual routines without much fuss. One such example would be drying with a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel after washing to cut down on frizz and avoid damage to hair strands. Another is deep conditioning regularly to improve hair and scalp health. We may each go about it in different ways, but we ultimately still apply the same advice to achieve the same goals.
Flicking through TikTok the other day, I came across a video of Cardi B’s wash day routine. In the 60-second clip, she takes us through a series of steps from pre-wash to styling. Most of it was stuff that I was already familiar with as a naturalista, and it was intriguing to me to find that someone like Cardi would apply the same methods even though she could easily go to a high-end salon to have her hair attended to. But then, I guess there are certain things you never leave behind no matter how far you go in life.
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Step 1. Detangle
Cardi B starts off her wash day routine by detangling her hair with a brush. In the video, she states that she combs through while dry first to make the subsequent wet detangling easier. A pre-shampoo detangle is a crucial step, especially for kinky and curly hair types. Some sort of lubricant like a slippy conditioner or oil is recommended when you do this, so as to make the job of detangling easier and less painful. The goal is to separate your strands gently to untangle knots and mats. Simply raking a brush or comb through will put tension on the hair and cause undue breakage.
Step 2. Homemade Mask
Next, she blends an avocado, two eggs, some mayo, and Jamaican black castor oil to make a mask, which she applies to her hair and tucks under a plastic bag to let sit for a while.
Now let’s go over the ingredients of her DIY hair mask and their individual benefits. Avocado is great for hair because it’s full of vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as being high in proteins, amino acids, magnesium, folic acid, copper, and iron. The high monounsaturated fat content in the oil derived from this fruit is also highly moisturizing, nourishing, and strengthening, making it essential for anyone who wants healthy hair. It’s one of my favorite oils to use on hair, along with jojoba, sweet almond, and apricot.
I’ve never put mayonnaise in my hair, but apparently, I should be doing just that. Mayo contains eggs yolks, which are chock full of biotin, amino acids, and collagen among other beneficial ingredients. This popular condiment also contains vinegar, which is great for balancing and clarifying the hair and scalp. On every wash day, I do an apple cider vinegar rinse before I shampoo, and I find that it really helps to remove buildup, softens my hair, and prevents my scalp from itching between washes.
Jamaican black castor oil is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and supposed growth-stimulating properties. Its thicker viscosity makes it a great addition to masks compared to lighter, runnier oils. JBCO is naturally antifungal and antibacterial, and a great moisturizer for hair. Sounds like Cardi really did her research!
Step 3. Detangle Again & Shampoo
After her hair has “marinated” in the mixture, she then detangles a second time, shampoos, and moves onto the next step.
Step 4. Rice Water Spritz
After shampoo comes a spritz with rice water that has been prepared by soaking the two components for 24 hours in a container left to sit in the sun. Rice water can also be prepared by boiling on the stove and then being left to cool.
Cardi B doesn’t state what the purported benefits are, but my guess is that she applies rice water to her hair because of its hydrating and strengthening properties. The use of rice water for hair dates back to Japan’s Heian era when court ladies used rice water to gain strong hair that reached all the way to the ground. Modern science has found that rice water is indeed a catalyst for hair growth as it contains inositol, a molecule found in the body, food, and supplements, which penetrates damaged hair to repair it and protect from future decline.
Step 5. Roll & Dry
For the styling step, Cardi first dries her hair in rollers under a hooded dryer, and then has it blown out in the true Dominican style. I’m not a big fan of heat styling because of the damage it can cause, but she must be doing something right because the finished product looks really healthy. I guess all the protective styling with wigs, regular deep conditioning with the DIY mask, and the application of rice water add up to cancel out whatever negative effects blowdrying might have on her hair.
What do you think of Cardi B’s wash day routine? Are there any steps you’ll be adopting from her routine?