PHOTO COURTESY OF: http://www.veepejay.com
The mere thought of washing your natural hair maybe absolutely dreadful due to the time it takes,cleaning, drying and the inevitable detangling process that always follows but nothing beats the amazing feeling of a clean scalp after a successful wash session!. I consider a hair wash successful if the scalp and hair is thoroughly clean with no damage done to the hair in the process.
Contrary to many peoples’ belief natural hair can also be fragile and while washing a lot of damage can be done such as the use of drying shampoos which strip the hair off all its natural oils, using too much shampoo, poor washing techniques and rough manipulation.
So here are some important tips that I have placed according to the phases of washing your hair!
Consider the process of washing hair as having three phases namely the preparation, washing and the drying phase.
PREPARATION (right before you wash)
- DETANGLE! that’s the number one tip!, the manipulation plus water will definitely amplify any preexisting tangles which will lead to breakage and matting. Consider pre-poo with your oils of choices especially if you are using a potentially harsh/drying shampoo.
- SECTION YOUR HAIR: for those with about six inches of hair and above it is more efficient to separate your hair into 4-6 twisted or braided sections and later \wash one at a time to assure effective cleanliness with no more tangles or matting.
3. DO NOT USE SALT WATER: check and make sure your water is distilled for salt water sucks out all moisture from the hair leaving it dry and very easily breakable
4. BE GENTLE AND SYSTEMATIC: do not use your nails to scrub and don’t scrub in multiple directions as it will lead to tangles and knots, please stop swooping your hair and piling them on top of the head like they do on the commercials! just do a downward or outward motion and it will be enough.
5 . DON’T USE TOO MUCH SHAMPOO: so as to not strip your hair of all its oils, the frequency of shampooing should depend on the length of your hair, your activities and also your frequency of using products on your hair that need to be washed off.
6. USE A CONDITIONER AFTER WASHING: this helps to initiate restoration of whatever good stuff the shampoo has washed away e.g oils provide some necessary protection and prevent breakage by making the hair soft.
7. USE A MICROFIBER TOWEL OR A T-SHIRT: the structure of our traditional towels causes hair to tangle while drying, do not rub the hair rather just cover, squeeze the material and it will absorb the water.
DO NOT RUSH while washing your hair, just take your time to be gentle and make sure the scalp is clean and rejuvinated, your hair too. And remember a little breakage is inevitable just make sure it is little.