How To Wash Natural Black Hair

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February 9, 2011 ‐ By Genevieve St. Bernard

One of the great benefits of choosing to go natural is the ability to eliminate your need to visit a salon on a regular basis. Healthy and fabulous natural Black hair can be maintained quite easily at home, so long as you know what you are doing. Proper washing  is one of the most important steps to keeping your tresses looking good and growing strong.

Do NOT Wash Your Hair Daily

Frequent washing strips Black hair of vital natural oils, particularly if you are using a harsh shampoo that contains sulfites and alcohol-based fragrances. Depending on the amount of product you use, wash your hair no more than two or three times a week and always follow up with some sort of conditioner (leave-in or rinse out).

Try Co-Washing

Many stylists specializing in natural Black hair advocate co-washing: using conditioner to cleanse the hair as opposed to shampoo. This allows you to remove product build-up without stripping the hair. Use a traditional shampoo once a month .

Comb Hair While Washing ONLY

Combing natural Black hair while dry can be painful and destructive. Use a wide tooth comb in the shower to de-tangle hair as you shampoo, co-wash or condition. Natural Black hair is very fragile and improper combing will lead to major damage over time.

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