Washing tips:

  • Wash with the right shampoo (Definitely sulfate free. But can also look for ones that say for color treated hair, dry/damaged hair they can be more gentle and moisturizing)
  • Only use a sulfate shampoo to remove buildup once a month or every other month. Or whenever you are using products that are not going to penetrate your hair. Some products will coat the hair, not penetrate it, like petroleum and mineral oil products. Another reason not to use them. Harsh shampoos for bad hair products…
  • Practice doing a Pre-poo (especially if using a sulfate shampoo)
  • Wash your hair in sections
  • Don’t use lots of shampoo: start with a quarter-size amount in your hand for a section
  • Don’t plop it on: put the shampoo in your hands and then apply it to the scalp
  • Apply the shampoo to the scalp using the balls of your fingers. The most important part of shampooing is to clean your scalp. So massage gently but you can squeeze the suds throughout the length of the hair.
  • The conditioner is for your hair, the shampoo is for the scalp
  • It is not necessary to do the rinse and repeat unless your hair is particularly icky

Other things to consider:

  • Watch out for hard water. Get a filter if you need to.
  • Check the ingredients and detergents for the shampoo
  • Avoid 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioners
  • Remove buildup with sulfate shampoo. Buildup typically from hard water, gels, silicone, petroleum and mineral oil products, mousse, pool chemicals- clarifying. So it is important to choose great moisturizing and styling products.
  • Stay away from balsam and protein shampoo. They don’t clean well and weigh down the hair.  Beware of too much lather their alkaline content is very high and removes natural oils leaving it dry and brittle from hair best shampoos have oil bases like olive, jojoba, avocado and coconut oils.
  • For dry hair, look for shampoos for dry, damaged hair that is also sulfate free and ingredients such as coconut, olive, avocado and/or jojoba oil, aloe vera, vegetable glycerin and panthenol (vitamin B5).
  • For dry hair, diet matters: add more oily foods like coconut, banana, avocado, nuts

Pre-poo (apply, let it sit for a bit and then shampoo)

  • For dry damaged hair, pre-poo with hot oil treatment once a week
  • Pre-poo with ACV (apple cider vinegar) or straight vinegar if you have dandruff. Put on your scalp and rub throughout hair through scalp and hair
  • Neutral henna is an excellent toner for oily scalps that are prone to dandruff. Prepare a quick hair mask with: (1) neutral (uncolored) henna,  (2) aloe vera juice and (3) lemon juice blended in equal portions and then massage it into hair and scalp, leave in for a few minutes. This mask can lightened your hair color a bit, so you may want to replace lemon juice with ACV. 
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