Most people wash their hair the wrong way, so I decided to write about the proper way to wash African hair because I got it wrong for ages. First, you need a gentle shampoo, a moisturizing and leave-in conditioner, a wide tooth comb, towel.
1. Part your hair into sections, if it is really thick and long because it reduces tangling.
2. Some people pre-poo (adding conditioner or oil before washing) to reduce the effects of the drying process of shampoo.
3. Take your time and be gentle while washing your hair. Our strands are delicate and will break easily under too much pressure.
4. Don’t use hot water to wash your hair. Luke-warm water is best for shampooing and rinsing, or cold water.
5. A major mistake is washing hair in a circular motion and piling hair on top of your head. This encourages lots of wicked tangles that’ll take hours to get out while losing hair in the process.
6. Do not scrub your hair, it is not jeans. Wash gently and properly. When the shampoo runs down your hair it cleanses it.
7. Give your hair at least five days interval before the next wash day. African hair is curly and oils from the root do not get to it on time, so frequent washing strips the hair of essential oils.