So on today’s post l will further discuss on the other option of washing your hair which is shampooing. If you missed the previous post on Co-washing (click on the link to direct to post), please read. Let’s get right into it!
Wash day is a big event for natties and using the right shampoo makes all the difference or else the wrong shampoo will definitely lengthen your wash day. Shampooing basically means to cleanse your scalp by removing any product build-up due to many factors. Well there’s been talk regarding using alot of oils and moisturizers, whereas overtime you may subject your hair and scalp to build-up that simple Co-washing may not be able to solve. From a personal research, l have discovered that shampoos range from clarifying, moisturizing, sulfate-free, sulfate etc. As your own hair ambassador, just be sure to know what your hair needs and which shampoo to use.
*Good shampoos remove product build-up from ingredients such as silicones, mineral oil, petroleum etc. Most natties rave with the clay washes to remove build-up e.g Bentonite clay. N.B. Clay washes should be done once a month to avoid scalp irritation if used in excess.
*A good shampoo provides a good amount of slip meaning slipperiness, if shampoo has slip it lathers well onto your hair and scalp.
*Ensures that the detangling process is made easier
*A good shampoo does not dry- out your hair after using it.
What are Sulfates?
Sulfates are primarily surfactants, meaning they have the ability to attract both oil and water. They are detergents found in many household and beauty products. Due to their unique properties they allow shampoos to separate dirt and oil from your hair and help actually clean your hair. They are also the reason why shampoos lather when mixed with water. Sulfate shampoos, depending on your hair habits and how easily build up occurs may sometimes be the only answer to ensuring that your hair is properly cleansed and is back to it’s fresh state. It’s all about frequency and moderation.The most common sulfates found in shampoos are:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Ammonium Laurly Sulfate (ALS)
In the future l write a post about sulfates and sulfate-free shampoos. Now that the theoretical part is done with, let me outline a shampoo guideline that can help you.
Step 1: l plait my hair into medium twists as this allows me to work on one section at a time plus hair is easier to manage.
Step 2: l apply my Aunt Jackie’ s “Oh so clean” moisturizing shampoo and lather onto my scalp and massage the product to remove all the dirt.
Step 3: l rinse with warm water and repeat step 2, two or three times.
Step 4: l just wash with cold water.. Wash-day done!!
- Oh So Clean Aunty Jackie’s moisturizing shampoo
- Tresemme shampoo with Aloe Vera
Just a little side note, another type of shampoo is known as a dry shampoo. Well l haven’t tried it but l will do. Anyways let me know if you have tried the dry shampoo method and if it works.
**As always, just let me know below, what is your favorite shampoo and why?**