How to Wash Hair
DOs and DONTs in Hair Care
I have natural hair and it has taken me quite a while to sift through the myths about caring for my hair, especially as it relates to washing natural hair, and truly find what works best based on personal experience.
So in this article I will quickly dispel some hair washing myths for you by answering some commonly asked hair washing questions such as:
1. Is it bad to wash your hair every day?
2. Is shampooing bad for your hair?
3. What shampoo should I use?
4. What is a co wash?
I will also share with you my simple and very effective hair washing routine in order to end your hair care and washing frustration by showing you how to keep your hair healthy and get the healthy, problem free head of hair that you deserve. This works for ALL hair types!
DOs and DON'Ts in Hair Washing
Whatever your hair type, first up, let's dispel some hair washing myths that have kept you from realizing full, shiny and problem free natural hair:
- Is it bad to wash your hair every day?
Yes, because it washes out the natural oils in your hair and results in dry hair which then leads to dandruff, flaking and an itchy scalp.
- Is shampooing bad for your hair?
Most definitely! At first I too thought that it was impossible to say that you washed your hair without shampooing it. Shampooing dries out your hair since it removes the natural oils from your scalp. If you don't believe me wash your hair with shampoo one week and condition it as usual and then wash it only with conditioner the next week and you'll see what I mean. I NEVER shampoo and my hair smells, looks and feels great!
- What shampoo should I use?
NONE! If you try washing your hair with and without shampoo like I suggested above then I won't have to convince you. You'll be converted!
- What is a co wash?
Co washing your hair is just a term used to describe the process of washing your hair without shampoo but using a conditioner instead to both cleanse and condition your hair. Co washing works for ALL natural hair types!
I sometimes use this conditioner for washing my hair each week. I LOVE the Herbal Essence Conditioners! The herbal scents are truly invigorating. They make you think of nature, natural goodness and beauty and leave your hair smelling really nice. Plus it contains a “Serum-infused formula for moisturized softness”.
How to Wash Your Hair
You should wash your hair once a week; not every day. That way it stays clean and you will avoid over washing your hair.
Here's my simple but effective hair washing routine for both your regular weekly hair wash as well as your deep conditioning hair wash session, which you should try to do once a month. These hair washing tips are guaranteed to work for you as well, no matter your hair type and you will begin to see positive results after your first 4 washes:
- Wet your hair thoroughly in warm water from the shower, a basin or bucket.
- Cleanse your hair and remove dirt and any oily build up by massaging your hair and scalp with the tips of your fingers, under the running warm water in your bath or from a pouring container, for about 1 minute. (Do not use shampoo or anything else. Just warm water.)
- Turn off the shower and squeeze excess water from your hair.
- Pour your favorite conditioner in the palm off your hands and evenly and generously distribute throughout your hair.
- Massage your hair and scalp with the conditioner using the tips of your fingers.
- Comb through your hair with a big tooth comb and leave the conditioner in your hair for about 1 - 2 minutes, while you wash the rest of our body (if you are bathing at the same time, like I normally do).
- a. If you are just doing a regular weekly hair wash then proceed to Step No. 8.
b. If you are doing a monthly deep conditioning, then wrap your hair with the conditioner in your conditioning cap and leave for between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Remove the conditioning cap and then proceed to Step No. 8.
- Rinse all of the conditioner from your hair.
- Squeeze out any excess water and partially dry your hair with a clean and dry towel so that it is damp but not dripping wet.
- 10. Apply your favourite hair oil(s) to your damp hair and comb, twist or style as desired.
- THIS NOTE IS FOR THE SHAMPOO "DIE HARDS" :))
Now from time to time, there may be excessive oil buildup and you may need some help getting rid of it. So for those of you who still need to wean yourself of shampoo :)) , I recommend using a CONDITIONING shampoo and then your regular conditioner.
This cap is very good for deep conditioning. It is a cheap but very effective conditioning cap. It uses your own body temperature so you should keep it on for about one (1) hour in order to get a good and truly deep hair conditioning.I normally leave it on and go do some chore around the house, so time flies quickly.
If you want a ‘hair dresser or salon’ feel, then you would like this more expensive and just as effective heat conditioning cap which does not use electricity but uses “special gel packs that stay warm for up 30 minutes to help repair damaged hair.”
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