Are You Washing Your Hair Wrong?
Lather, rinse, repeat? We all know that washing African-American hair isn’t always that simple. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, washing your hair and doing it the right way can take up a big part of your day. But do it the wrong way with the wrong types of products and you could do some damage to your hair.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to know what the wrong way is. Proper hair care can be complicated. So we’ve simplified it a little by putting the most important steps here. Follow these instructions to the letter and you will protect your hair from damage, keep it clean, and promote growth.
But we know everyone has their own tips. If you have a hair care secret that you want to share that saves time and nourishes strands, let us know in the comment section so we can all add it to our routines.
Don’t Get It “Squeaky” Clean
While a head full of soapsuds looks ideal, you should use a gentle shampoo that will clean your hair, not strip it of all of it’s natural oils.
Shampoo Your Scalp
Conditioner is for your hair but shampoo is for cleansing your scalp. Concentrate on scrubbing your scalp. If you scrub your locks too much, you can dry them out.
Rinse for Two Minutes
A shower timer can help you keep track. Skip on this step and shampoo residue can dry your hair and lead to product buildup.
Keep Conditioner off of Your Scalp
It’s great for your hair but it can cause buildup on your scalp. Concentrate your conditioner on the bottom fourth of your locks. It’s the oldest part of your hair and it needs the most care and nourishment.
While you don’t want product buildup, you want to leave some conditioner behind to add moisture to your locks.
Gently Squeeze Water out of Your Hair
Rubbing it vigorously with a towel right out of the shower can lead to breakage.
If you’re after a really deep condition, consider steaming. It opens up hair cuticles to help oil get in deep and stay there. And the steam promotes scalp circulation for longer hair later.
Add Leave-In Conditioner
Following shampoo and conditioner with leave-in conditioner softens your hair, controls frizz, and puts a barrier between it and the heat you’re going to apply to it later.
Have fine hair? Try a foaming leave-in conditioner that won’t weigh your locks down.
Coat Your Ends in Natural Oil
Using natural oil is a great idea in the fight against split ends.
Follow the Right Washing Schedule
Washing schedules don’t need to be followed in such a strict way. How often you wash should be based on your lifestyle and your hair type. Use this guide to know when to use the shampoo.
Be Choosy with Your Products
Not all hair products are created equal. Read the ingredients carefully — especially the first five — and avoid any products that feature additives that can be damaging to your hair.