Do you know how to wash your natural hair? Here are some tips to help you wash natural hair perfectly.
1. Do a Pre-poo
Before shampooing every single shampoo, you can do a pre-poo because the entire process of washing can be very rough on the hair.
- Apply natural oil to the hair from root to tip.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Apply shampoo to hair.
Before shampooing, let coconut oil stay at least 20 minutes can reduce hygral fatigue on the hair, according to a survey. Therefore, to give your hair a fighting chance, you can do a prepoo with coconut oil before shampooing.
2. Section and Wash
Washing the whole head of hair loose may not be the best way for people with 6 inches or more of natural hair length. Now, try the following steps.
- Section hair into 4 or 6 sections that twisted or braided.
- Remove one braid or twist at a time.
- Wash that particular section only.
- Re-twist or braid the section when washing the section.
With this way, you have fewer tangles, knots and breakage although this process takes a lot of time.
3. Use Sulfate-free Shampoo to Lather It
Clean scalp with shampoo. Clean the length of hair with running water and suds. You should be able to get shampoo right to the scalp and work a good lather if you get the scalp and hair sufficiently wet. Then, use lukewarm water to rinse it. You can choose a conditioner wash if you feel like you need another wash.
4. Follow up with Conditioner
Always follow up your ‘poo with an instant conditioner. Hop out and deep treat right quick with a gentle heat source if you’re feeling yourself. Use a moisture rich conditioner to replenish the moisture back into your hair, and detangle your hair.
5. Use a Microfiber Towel or T-shirt to Dry Hair
Do not use traditional cotton towels because they may tangle and break hair for their structure. Conversely, try using a microfiber towel or plain t-shirt to dry hair, but avoid rubbing. You have to squeeze and blot the water out of the hair.
While washing or doing anything to the hair, although a little bit of breakage is inevitable, you have to keep an eye out for excessive breakage. In this case, try giving yourself a good protein treatment, balancing hair out with moisture, and assessing diet.
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