Washing Natural Hair 101

Wash day can be a task but here’s what you can do to make it a breeze, and make sure you give your hair the BEST cleanse and condition.

Hot Oil Treatments

Applying Hot oil treatments the night before washing natural hair can help to reduce shedding and protect the hair (and scalp) from the harsh drying effects of shampoo. Hot oil treatments can be used on all hair types including coloured and relaxed hair. You can use any of your favourite hair oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil etc. and adding an essential oil can help to stimulate the scalp and promote growth (optional).

Work in Sections

Working in sections cuts down the entire wash time by almost half. Take one section, shampoo until clean then go straight in with conditioner and de-tangle (with fingers or a wide tooth comb). Once that section is done, move on to the next and continue until you have washed and conditioned all 4 sections (depending on thickness you may need 6 sections). All you’ll need to do next is finish with a cool rinse and you’re done!

Water Temperature : Hot Then Cold

I’ve written a post on the science behind water temperature in the past and it still remains a huge factor in washing natural hair effectively. [click here for post] Shampooing your hair with warm water helps to provide a deeper cleanse as warm water causes hair cuticles to lift, allowing the shampoo to fully clean. This also allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft, giving you longer lasting moisture and extra shine. Rinsing out your conditioner with cool water does the opposite (closes the cuticle) so locks in conditioner and causes hair to appear smoother and shinier.

Happy washing!

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