As naturals we all want clean hair but, not all cleansers are not created equal. As we all know shampoos can be very drying because they strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils that help provide our curls with moisture. Over the years naturals have been discovering ways to cleanse the hair without the harsh effects of shampoo. So today we are going to go over different ways to cleanse the hair without using shampoo.
1. A P P L E C I D E R V I N E G A R
…has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. It has many benefits for our hair including the most important part “cleansing”. ACV helps with balancing the pH levels in our hair, safely removing product buildup, and promoting hair growth. I have already done a post about A P P L E C I D E R V I N E G A R so you can click on the link to see the full post.
2. M U D & C L A Y W A S H E S
…the reason why mus and/or “clay washes is so effective is because of the uniquely strong ionic negative charge which essentially act as a “magnet” attracting to itself any substance with a positive ionic charge. Substances that carry a positive ionic charge include toxins, bacteria, viruses, parasites and other impurities. The clay attracts these impurities, drawing it out of the hair. These substances are both attach themselves to the outside of the clay molecules (sticking to it like Velcro) and are absorbed into the clay molecules; as you rinse away the clay it carries all of the impurities with it while leaving the much needed natural oils in tact. Giving you clean hair without stripping it like shampoo. Naturals love Mud & Clay Washes because of the ease of detangling after washing.
3. C O W A S H I N G
…the general benefit of co washing is that it eliminates dryness! Which is why naturals love it so much. Swapping shampoo for conditioner means that your strands are not being exposed to the stripping and drying effect of shampoo. Instead at each application of conditioner your locks are getting a “boost of moisture” and are being moisturized. Co-washing is a useful technique for cleansing natural hair.
The thing is, it’s impossible to fully avoid product build up. Eventually, all products, even completely natural ones like olive oil and Shea butter leave some type of residue or build up. This residue creates a film on your strands that blocks moisture (water) from being absorbed. As a result hair becomes dry, brittle and more susceptible to breakage. I have already created a post about C O W A S H I N G so click the link to read more about it.
I hope you all enjoyed this post… until next time!