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How to wash your coily hair

How to wash your coily hair

Washing your coily hair is just as important as cleansing your face, and it's the key basic step for the health of your natural hair. Cleaning the hair removes dirt, product build-up, and any other impurities that leave the hair dry and brittle. When your hair and scalp are clogged with gunk, hair is unable to absorb moisture and also create potential scalp issues.

For your coily hair, how you wash your hair matters. When your hair is clean, the hair will absorb optimum moisture. Follow these essentials steps to ensure an effective wash day:

  • Pre-poo- Also known as pre-shampoo. It helps detangle dry, matted coils and hydrates dry hair to protect the hair shaft from excess dryness that can cause hair breakage.
  • Wash hair in sections- This will help reduce the hair from tangling during the shampoo process and allow easy access to all parts of the hair.
  • Use warm water- Avoid washing hair with hot water that can damage your coily hair by drying it out and rapture the outer layer of the hair strands. This can make your curly hair prone to dryness and possible. damage.
  • Moisturizing shampoo- Use a well-formulated moisturizing shampoo that is sulfate-free bi-weekly to clean the hair. It will clean your coils without drying the hair out.
  • Use clarifying shampoo- To be used once a month to help strip the hair clean and reset it to intake moisture.
  • Co-wash- Are great to use mid week to gently clean the hair. If you are physically active during the week or need to refresh the hair, a co-wash is perfect to use in between washes.
  • Be gentle- It is imperative to take your time when shampooing the hair. Hair is most vulnerable when wet. A lot of natural hair girls experience breakage when washing hair because of not being gentle.
  • Avoid over shampooing- This can cause excess dryness and matting to the hair and strip out the natural oil (sebum) that is supposed to protect, nourish, and lubricate the hair strands.
  • Rinse-out conditioner- This is great to use after using a clarifying shampoo. They are able to moisturize the hair after the hair is stripped dry from the clarifying shampoo. It will smoothen the cuticles and soften hair to allow for detangling. Detangle the hair with your finger, wide tooth comb, or detangling brush. Start from the ends of the hair and work your hair up to the root.
  • Deep conditioner- It is an intensive hair treatment formulated to deeply penetrate into the hair cuticle to moisturize, repair, strength and maintain the overall health of the hair. They help reduce breakage and hair shedding. Should be ideally used at least twice a month. Can be used weekly if the hair is experiencing damage or needs that extra tlc.
  • Drying coils- Let the hair air dry or use a microfiber towel to get rid of excess water. Microfiber towels are gentle on coily hair and will prevent coils from matting.
  • Moisture and seal- Do not forget to follow up with a leave-in conditioner for added hydration and seal in all that moisture you have added to your natural hair with an oil or hair butter. This will lock in all the moisture and keep the hair moisturized all week until the next wash day.


Establish a regular routine to consistently clean your coily hair for flourishing soft, moisturized coily hair.

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