Why you should shampoo regularly?
First, I want to compare shampooing your hair to washing your body. There is no way that you can get away with just wetting your body and not adding any type of soap to cleanse without you getting BUILDUP on your body..a whole lot of dirt and grit that’s right!! Well, your scalp is the same way, you are basically encouraging a lot of build-up and dirt to sit on your head, making it IMPOSSIBLE for any products to penetrate and work for your hair. Which is why shampooing is important for your journey.
How often you should shampoo?
Now, this is entirely up to you. I personally feel like you should shampoo your hair at least once a week, sometimes I could even push it to 2 weeks if I’m not using a ton of heavy products. You have to LISTEN to your hair and know what it is asking for. Always keep in mind that water is your hairs best friend, it is the best MOISTURIZER, a lot of naturals have to remember this, because once your hair is styled you feel like you don’t want to retwist or restyle and that is okay, but remember to at least spritz your hair with some type of water-based product for growth and to combat dry brittle hair.
Sulfate free shampoo
When you think about it, sulfate free shampoo should be every naturals #1 product. It is basically the foundation of dictating whether your hair will come out perfect or not because after cleansing comes conditioning, and moisturizer and I don’t know about you, but my head needs to be CLEAN before I can even think about adding other products, like butter and gels. We all know about those traditional shampoos that have sulfates, and leave your hair feeling matted up and DRY like the desert, those shampoos are designed to strip away any natural oils from your head! I think I’ll Pass. Curly hair needs a gentle cleanser, that removes dirt and buildup without drying the hair out.
On the other hand, co-washing is also beneficial to us curly girls. There are many lines that have co-washing products, unlike shampoo co-washing can be done anywhere from every day to weekly. Co-washing won’t dry out your hair either like most shampoos, so the way I incorporate co-washing is after I shampoo my hair for the beginning of my styling week,and 4 or 5 days pass and my hair is looking a bit thirsty…instead of rewashing it I will simply co-wash and just add that extra moisture and prolong my next actual SHAMPOO! Co-Washing is a simple way of maintaining moisture between washes and getting rid of any dirt and buildup.
List of Shampoos and Co-Washes that I use in my natural hair regimen::
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo Cream Of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate free Moisture and Shine Shampoo Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
As I am Coconut Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner Type 4 hair care Conditioning Cleanser Hope this bit of information helped, I don’t use all of these currently, I have used them over the course of me being natural and they all work fine. So, shampoo vs co-wash, are not in a battle when it comes to my hair, I use both at the appropriate time, and I am always left with soft, manageable, CLEAN hair! learn more about our textures!