Back to the basics: cleansing your hair (shampooing and other things)


      Cleansing your hair is a very important step in hair management. What you use to cleanse your hair, how you do it, how frequently, etc all contribute to the health of your hair. To reduce damage from cleansing your hair, it’s so important to do a prepoo. I’ve talked about the importance of prepooing several times on this blog. [Read Back to the basics: prepooing].

     What you use to cleanse your hair can either leave your feeling stripped or soft and there are several different types of products for hair cleansing: shampoos, soap bars, cleansing conditioners, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda,etc. For this post, I’ll be talking about shampoos and cleansing conditioners because these are what I’m familiar with. Most shampoos contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS) and related products. These shampoos are known to strip hair and can lead to damage. If you can manage it, your weekly shampoo should be a non-SLS formula. You can use SLS shampoos once a month for proper cleansing or clarifying to get rid of product buildup (especially if you use a lot of oils and silicone-containing products).


     Other examples of sulfate-free shampoos are Organix coconut milk shampoo, Dr Bronner’s pure castile, California baby Calendula shampoo and bodywash , Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Shampoo Grapefruit and Sugar Beet. For a more complete list, read this LINK.

     Another alternative to sulfate-free shampoos are cleansing conditioners. These are far less drying to the hair. If you use silicone-containing products however, they may not be strong enough to cleanse these from your hair. Other examples include As I Am Coconut Cleansing conditionerL’oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner, Aussie Cleanse and Mend conditionerDevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser etc.

     How you cleanse your hair is also important. While cleansing your hair, don’t rub your hair haphazardly. Rub it gently to prevent tangles from forming. Better still, put it in pigtails and shampoo section by section. This is especially important the longer your hair becomes.

     How many times you cleanse your hair is also important: I think  you should cleanse your hair no more than twice a week. Cleansing more frequently than this can lead to dryness. If you feel that your hair is dirty, maybe you should try a co-wash instead. [Read Back to the basics: cowashing].

     One more thing…every time you cleanse your hair, don’t forget to deep condition! Even if you used a cleansing conditioner. (Tip: if you’re using a cleansing conditioner, leave it in for a little longer and that becomes your deep conditioning step.. you don’t have to use another product if it’s too much hassle!). Watch out for the next post in this series on deep conditioning: Back to the basics: deep conditioning. Take care.

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Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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