It is that time of the week to wash your hair, and you are absolutely terrified. This terror is usually only felt by women with natural hair as they face much more drama when washing their hair. But, if you can keep your cool and learn a few tips and trick about washing natural hair then it should go much more smoothly. Read on to find out how to half your hair drama.
Common Problems when Washing Natural Hair
One of the biggest problems when washing natural hair is ending up with knots and tangles, as well as a loss of moisture. These problems can be attributed to a variety of factors, water that is way too hot, harsh shampoos, and dry hair. If you have dry hair then your hair is more susceptible to tangles and snarls. And if you use a harsh shampoo and hot water it will exacerbate the problem leaving you in tears.
Detangling and Pre-Oil
A good wide-toothed comb is your friend. Detangling your hair before you start washing can be a real lifesaver. It ensures a better shampooing and conditioning experience and might help curb unnecessary breakage. Another thing that is a lifesaver when washing natural hair is to remember to oil the ends of your hair before washing, and leaving it on as long you can or desire. This ensures the ends of your hair will be soft after washing and not split so easily when styling.
Bad Ingredients in Shampoo
These days there are so many different brands of shampoo available with more than half of them claiming to be mild or natural. If you look closely at their labels you will see that some of them still contain ingredients that should be avoided when washing natural hair.
Fragrance: Everyone loves having hair that smells like strawberries and peaches, but the truth is that the fragrances used in shampoo is usually toxic and to be avoided at all costs. Rather opt for a fragrance-free shampoo when washing natural hair as it is a much healthier option. If you cannot go out the door without hair smelling like flowers, try rubbing a tiny drop of essential oil behind your ear. The smell will infuse your hair and you will smell like a million dollars without having washed your hair with all those harmful chemicals.
Sulfates: At their root, sulfates are primarily detergents. This means that while they are good at cleaning away dirt, they also strip away moisture. When you are washing natural hair this is a big negative as it will leave your hair dry and frizzy.
Dimethicone: It is a silicone based oil that can irritate the skin of the scalp and that can trap bacteria on the skin. These are all bad things when you are trying to have a healthy head of hair.
Organic vs. Chemical-based products
As mentioned above there are ingredients to avoid when washing natural hair, but there are some chemical-based products that are free of these toxins and have opted for a safer alternative to their products. Search for products that advertise as being paraben, sulfate, and fragrance-free. Double check the ingredients list to be safe. An upside to these products is that they might be more readily available than their organic counterparts.
Organic hair products seem to become a worldwide craze with more consumers demanding natural hair products. There are many organic hair products that are advantageous when washing natural hair as they contain ingredients that do not strip the hair and better preserve the hair moisture, which means less frizzing and tangles.
Choosing the Right Product
Don’t be fooled or distracted the next time you stock up on your hair products. Take your time and select the product that will address your particular hair problem or desire. When you are buying hair products, remember to buy shampoos and conditioner that suite your type of hair. If you are prone to dry and frizzy hair then look for a product with a higher moisturizing ratio. If you are prone to an oily scalp then look for a shampoo that will clean your scalp and remove the excessive oil from the roots of your hair, but make sure it won’t strip the rest of your hair of its moisture. Also, be honest with yourself. If you have more dandruff than is usual or a scalp that is producing too much sebum then you might have to trade in the shopping isles for an appointment with a dermatologist. They will be better equipped to help you deal with the problem than an over the counter product. People with sensitive scalp should be extra careful when selecting hair care products as they are prone to flare ups. Making sure the product is free of any irritants and ingredients you might be allergic to is the way to make sure you won’t have to suffer later.
All of these tips can be applied to anyone’s hair washing regime. The more time and thought you put into your washing, and preparing for it by taking your time in selecting the right product, the better the end result will be. So, washing natural hair does not have to be a nightmare. With a bit of savvy and time, you can turn your washing into a hassle free affair and you might just end up with glorious hair to boot.