There are many different ways to take care of your natural hair and still have great results.
5 Different Ways To Cleanse Your Natural Hair
1. Shampoo: The original regular method that we all started out using from back in the day. Shampoos have come a long way from what they used to be. Instead of being harsh drying soapy cleansers, they are now more moisturizing and sulfate free. They have truly come a long way. And if you feel that shampoos are still too harsh for your tresses but still want that squeaky clean feeling, you can add a pre-poo to your regimen.
2. Co Wash: I love love love co washing my hair. It makes my hair super moisturized, and co washing also helps to decrease shedding and breakage. When your hair is more moisturized you also get better curl definition which is always a plus.
3. Clay Mask: I’m definitely a huge fan of bentonite clay masks because you can use them for your hair and your skin. Bentonite clay has many benefits and is a natural cleansing option for naturalistas that are trying to move away from chemical based products. When using bentonite clay you want to make sure not to use any metal tools. Mix with a wooden or ceramic spoon in a non metal bowl. Your curls will absolutely pop after using a bentonite clay mask as your cleansing option.
You want to mix in bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and water until you get a liquid paste like consistency. You want to apply the mixture to your hair in sections and gently rake the paste through from root to tip. Leave the mix on your hair for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. Your scalp will be squeaky clean without being dry.
4. Shikakai: This method of cleansing your natural hair isn’t new, but it’s certainly picking up popularity in the natural hair community. And with good reason. Shikakai has several health benefits that are extremely helpful in healthy hair growth. You should use shikakai to sooth your scalp, fight off dandruff, and cleanse your hair. With anti-fungal properties, Shikakai is a great ingredient to add to your hair regimen. It usually comes in powder form and you can follow similar steps to create a cleansing shampoo paste very similar to the clay mask.
Use 2-3 tablespoons of shikakai powder with 2-3 tablespoons of water. You’ll get a much runnier consistency than with the clay mask. Leave it out over night, and then the next day apply to your hair as you would any shampoo. Make sure you focus on your scalp. Leave the mixture in your hair or fifteen minutes and then rinse out. If you are having trouble getting the paste out use a heavy oil like avocado or coconut to help with the rinsing process.
5. Soap Nut: Using soap nut is another alternative to shampoo. Soap Nut has often been used as a laundry cleaning agent for people who were opting not to use regular detergent with chemicals. Soap nut can also be used to make a gentle cleanser that helps with eczema and psoriasis.
Soap nuts also help with going you son, shiny and manageable hair. The best part for me is that it is economical and multi purposeful. You can reuse the soap nuts, they are suitable to use on children, and you can use it as a shampoo, body wash, detergent or regular cleaner. What is better than that.
You can tweak the recipe/ mix a bit to fit our needs but creating a soap nut shampoo is rather simple. Use 5-6 soap nuts (de-seeded), 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds, 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice/Gel, and your favorite essential oil. Leave the soap nuts in the water overnight, then mash them up. Place everything in a pan and when the water/nuts are simmering add in the flaxseeds. Let the mix boil for 15 minutes. Strain everything and once your mix has cooled add in your essential oil of choice. Your mix is good to go from there and can be used like a regular shampoo. Make sure you keep it in the refrigerator. If all that DIY is too much for you, you can also simply buy soap nut shampoo though it will cost you a bit more.
Which method is your method of choice when cleansing your natural hair?