Washing natural black hair can be a bit more challenging than washing straight hair, as the curls and coils can be more prone to drying out and breakage. However, with the right techniques and products, it is possible to keep your natural hair clean and healthy. Here are the steps for washing black natural hair:
Start by combing through your hair with a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle the curls and avoid breakage.
Next, apply a pre-poo treatment to your hair. A pre-poo treatment is a product that is applied to the hair before shampooing to help protect it from the drying effects of the shampoo. This can be as simple as applying a oil or conditioner to the hair before shampooing.
Wet your hair thoroughly and apply a sulfate-free shampoo to your scalp. Sulfates are a type of surfactant that can be harsh on natural hair, stripping it of its natural oils and causing dryness. Look for a sulfate-free shampoo, which will be gentler on the hair and scalp.
Gently massage the shampoo into your scalp and work it through the length of your hair, taking care not to scrub too hard or excessively manipulate the curls.
Rinse the shampoo out of your hair thoroughly and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Look for a product that is rich in natural oils and butters, such as shea butter or coconut oil.
Leave the deep conditioner on your hair for at least 15 minutes, or as directed by the product instructions. You can also cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer to help the conditioner penetrate the hair more deeply.
Rinse the deep conditioner out of your hair thoroughly and gently blot your hair with a towel to remove excess water. Avoid rubbing your hair with the towel, as this can cause frizz and tangles.
Finish by applying a leave-in conditioner or styling product to your hair, and style as desired.
By following these steps, you can help keep your natural black hair clean, healthy, and hydrated. With proper care, your natural curls will be able to thrive and look their best.