Last week we covered the basics of practical daily haircare routine to boost your hair growth and retention. In the process of taking care of your hair, you will likely apply a range of products, oils and butters to your hair on a daily basis. While some ingredients are easily absorbed, others are not so easily absorbed by your hair and scalp. Because of this, it is very important to regularly wash your hair and scalp. So, today’s blogpost will cover exactly that - we will let you in on the best practices to follow while washing your hair. Let’s get started…
Always protect your hair by pre-washing!
As afro natural hair strands are relatively drier and more fragile, we highly recommend protecting your hair before washing. Applying oils/conditioners to your natural hair before washing will prevent your hair from being stripped and will help loosen the tangles and knots in your hair. Our suggested oil/conditioner to use is Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil because it easily penetrates your hair and is jam packed with other great properties that will make your hair and scalp healthier. Lastly on pre-washing, always make sure that you remove all major tangles and knots from your hair before you wash it.
Choose a good shampoo and get busy!
The main purpose of a shampoo is to remove dirt and oil residue from your hair and scalp. So, the type of shampoo you decide to use will contribute a lot to the effectiveness of your wash routine. As with most products, not all shampoos are created equal, so it is vital to choose one that is well formulated. From our experience, the best shampoos to use are those that are sulfate-free or alternative cleansers such as African black soap. Clays, which are very hydrating and leaves hair feeling soft, can be used as well.
For best results, we recommend parting your hair and applying shampoo directly onto your scalp – this will protect your hair’s strands by reducing the oil stripping effect of the shampoo. After this, you will want to massage the shampoo onto your scalp instead of rubbing it into your hair – this will stimulate any sleeping follicles and promote hair growth. As soon as your whole head is covered with shampoo, time to let the rinsing begin. Always use warm water to rinse your hair as this will assist with opening up your hair’s cuticles.
To reduce possible damage to your hair, we recommend that you wash your hair once or twice a week only.
Don't forget to condition your hair!
Conditioning your hair after washing is important as it helps to restore your hair’s oils, moisture and shine that are removed by shampooing. A general rule of thumb is to always choose a conditioner that is silicone free. For chemically treated or damaged hair, a protein-based conditioner should be used as it will strengthen your hair. For normal hair, a moisturising conditioner should be used (using a protein conditioner on normal hair may lead to brittleness, drying, and possible breakage). If your hair has a lot of dandruff, a treatment conditioner should be used - essential remedial oils such as Tea Tree can also be mixed into your conditioner for improved results.
To ensure that the conditioner penetrates your hair’s strands, leave it in your hair for about half an hour and cover your hair with shower/plastic cap.
Unless your conditioner is a “leave-in conditioner”, you probably should wash off the conditioner. After washing the conditioner from your hair, time to finally dry your hair. Should you choose to use a dryer, choose the “no heat” setting or use the lowest heat setting to avoid heat damage.
So, that’s that on washing your hair: “Protect”, “Wash” and “Condition” are the magic words to remember!
Together with our last two blog posts on haircare, our haircare blog trilogy covers the basic principles of effective haircare. By following these principles, you will definitely notice an improvement in your hair in a couple of weeks!
If these posts have been helpful, please do get in touch with us. We’d love to hear your stories, experiences and questions that you may have.
Now that we have covered all the basics of haircare, next week we will start blogging about skincare – a topic that Oamobu is just as passionate about!
Take care of yourself and see you next week.