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Proper Way To Wash Hair

Most people wash their hair the wrong way, so I decided to write about the best way to wash natural hair or African hair because I got it wrong previously. Washing your natural hair correctly is important because clean hair and scalp aid hair growth. First, you need a gentle shampoo, a moisturizing/protein deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, a wide-tooth comb, and a smooth towel.

1. Part your hair into sections and secure the tips 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. I don’t but I’ve heard people do it. I’d rather just use a gentle shampoo.

3. Take your time and be gentle while washing your hair. Our strands are delicate and will break easily under too much pressure. Your goal is to cleanse the scalp, not to wash the hair like cloth.

4. Don’t use hot water to wash your hair. Luke-warm water is best for shampooing and rinsing, then cold water after deep conditioning.

5. A major mistake is washing the whole hair in a circular motion and piling hair on top of your head. This encourages lots of wicked tangles that will take hours to get out while losing hair in the process. So remember to wash each section accordingly.

6. Do not scrub your hair, it is not jeans. Wash gently and properly. Use your fingertips rather than your sharp nails to scrub your scalp. When the shampoo runs down your hair, pat your hair down so 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. I wash my hair biweekly.


I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

3 thoughts on “Proper Way To Wash Hair

  1. Haha, no! I’ll continue scrubbing my hair because this thing’s just like jeans. I’m kidding but seriously, I really didn’t know washing in circles could make tangling worse. I’ll ‘part’ my hair next time.
    Thanks for sharing!


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