SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS
SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS
Growing healthy long natural hair and having your kinks and coils pop is all determined by having a consistent hair care routine. Using the right products and effective techniques on your wash day on a regular basis will set your curly hair for success.
Clean your hair and scalp regularly. A clean scalp and clean hair provide a great canvas for your hair to take in optimum moisture. When hair and scalp are dirty, the pores are clogged with dirt, product build-up, oil, and dead skin cells. The hair follicles are unable to distribute nutrients to the hair strands and the sebum is unable to travel to protect and nourish the hair strands. One should aim to wash hair at least every week or biweekly with a gentle shampoo.
As curly girls, we have often avoided regular use of shampoos due to their abrasive stripping nature that can cause hair breakage due to excessive drying. However, there are now plenty of shampoos that are affordable and well formulated for natural hair that can strip hair of excessive dirt, oil, and build up and still leave your hair with a bit of moisture.
Do not replace shampoos with co-wash or conditioners. Not shampooing hair could be the reason your hair is not growing or feeling weighed down during styling.
Knowing why, how and when to use conditioners is a crucial element to the overall health of your curls. Picking the right conditioner for your hair is very important for your kinks and coils. Conditioning hair is a process that hydrates your hair strands. Conditioners are made up of silicone, oil, humectants, fatty alcohols and emollient that replenish moisture into the hair .
Curly hair is naturally dry compared to other hair types due to the time taken for hair sebum to coat hair strands. Effectively conditioning hair is the make it or break it for healthy hair goals. There are different conditioners formulated to cater to our different hair needs. Rinse-out conditioners, deep conditioners, and leave-in conditioners are the three main conditioners one should have as staples in a great hair care routine.
HOW TO SHAMPOO AND CONDITION YOUR NATURAL HAIR
Step 1: Gently shampoo hair in sections with warm water. Rinse out.
Step 2: Apply your rinse-out conditioner mostly focusing on the ends avoiding the scalp. Leave it in for a few minutes. Use the slip to detangle and get rid of any knots, matting, or shedding. Disperse the product throughout the hair evenly using your fingers followed by a wide-tooth comb. Rinse out.Step 3: Once hair is dried, evenly apply your leave-in conditioner and style as needed.