Shampoo This is the most popular hair cleanser. They are cleansing formulations, generally with water as the main ingredient, surfactants and following, which can vary with thickeners, conditioners and preservatives. Shampoos tend to be quite harsh on curly hair and the main reason many curls stay away from them. The sulfates they contain are foaming agents that can dry out and cause frizz, so many have opted for sulfate-free shampoos for effective cleansing without stripping hair of its natural oils and creating frizz.
Co-wash, short for “conditioner wash,” this means skipping shampoo completely and cleaning your hair and scalp with a conditioner and, preferably, a cleansing conditioner. It is gentler on curly hair, as it does not strip hair of natural oils, it needs to be hydrated and not frizzy. You can use a botanical conditioner or a cleansing conditioner specifically designed to cleanse your hair. Some think this isn't really cleaning your hair, but it's a great substitute when you don't want to shampoo too often or if your hair isn't full of buildup.
Clay washing is becoming increasingly popular with curls and for good reason because it removes toxins and leaves hair clean and shiny. It's natural (depends on where you buy the clay), inexpensive and a winner if the shampoos are too aggressive and the cleansing conditioners aren't tough enough for your hair. These clays, which are born from the earth, have been used for centuries to rid the body of toxins. Diluted Castile Soap Castile soap is a vegetable soap that is traditionally made with olive oil, water and bleach.
It's eco-friendly, biodegradable and can be used for more than just cleaning your hair. Now, this is great for reducing grease and buildup, but if you need to dilute it to combat that bleach. Deep Conditioner These intensive-use conditioners or masks tend to be thicker and require more time on the hair for deep nourishment. They are often accompanied by heat to give a deeper treatment and can stay on the hair for 15 to 30 minutes.
Although some curls will allow them to stay overnight. They penetrate the hair, nourishing the hair cuticle, and their effects on the hair last longer than a rinse-off conditioner. They should be used after each wash for one curling and not less than once a month. Leave-In Conditioner Lighter than rinse out conditioners, leave-in conditioners are watery and designed to be left on the hair, so they are less likely to cause irritation to the scalp.
They are designed to help keep hair manageable by keeping hair untangled and frizz-free and loose hair. Some think it's a necessary step in conditioning, but many curls keep regular conditioners on their hair, especially if they follow the Curly Girl method. Water is obviously the most basic way to moisturize your natural hair. It's great to wet your hair from time to time, but you should remember that water naturally evaporates over time.
You can wet your hair now only to realize that a couple of hours later it's dry again. Whether you're dealing with natural heat damage or relaxed hair, a great cut ensures that you give your new growth ample opportunities to thrive. Even so, a moisturizing product should be used in conjunction with these items, as you'll see in most product lines. Many people (including Kira and myself) like to offer tips and advice on hair care based on their experience (or other people's experience), but it's important to consider the advice as an opportunity for you to experiment with your natural hair regimen.
Natural hair is naturally dry, so you should do everything you can to maintain moisture in your hair. The products in this range keep hair strong between washes to better resist breakage, allowing it to maintain its length and promote hair growth. Now that you have your essentials, here's a simple rundown of how you can use these products to create a natural hair care routine. This is because the cuticles are completely found, in fact, acting as a barrier to the penetration of water and the product.
If you prefer the great non-stick and prefer to use heavy silicone products often, look for water-soluble silicone ingredients to reduce the risk of product buildup. Jojoba oil and aloe vera, the third and fourth ingredient respectively, are incredibly beneficial for moisturizing natural hair. If you use heat on your hair frequently and experience breakage or heat damage, incorporate a protein-based treatment with small protein molecules, such as amino acids, that will “mimic your hair's natural protein stores” and improve curl elasticity. It can help you understand which products will work best for you, how often you should shampoo, how to style your natural hair, and other key information.
When looking for the best moisturizing shampoo product, below are some common things to keep in mind. Even when you're trying to stay away from pickling sulfate cleaners, your shampoo won't be very effective if it can't remove product buildup and properly clean your hair. Before weekly hair washing, apply a pre-shampooing treatment, preferably a natural oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, or a mixture of all of these. Part of the softness and elegance you'll feel after rinsing conditioners is due to some of the silicones in the product.