​Coily Hair: 6 steps to wash correctly

Many people with different hair types wash their hair differently. When it comes to curly, kinky, and coily hair, special care needs to be administered. Coily hair is thick but fragile. Each strand is thin and susceptible to breakage.

6 Steps to Washing Correctly

  1. Pre-poo. This is optional, I personally do not do this all the time. I try to pre-poo with coconut oil once every two months. Pre-pooing is supposed to help loosen the dirt on the hair and scalp. I have tried it and I feel like it defeated the purpose of shampooing and condition. Some people swear by it, but that is up to you.
  2. Divide hair into and wash in sections with lukewarm water. Hot water will unbalance porosity and cold water will close the follicles and will not allow for proper absorption of water.
  3. Shampoo ONLY the scalp. Doing this only once or twice a month allows for the natural sebum of the scalp to perspire and properly hydrate the scalp. The shampoo runs through the hair once the scalp is rinsed. Shampooing the hair will dry it out.
  4. Condition ONLY the hair. This ensures that the strands are properly cared for. If you deep condition there is no need to have this in for no more than 5 minutes.
  5. Deep condition hair focusing especially on rough growth patches. For me this is my back two sections towards the top of my head. Focus on the new growth of your hair and rake the rest through the ends. When deep conditioning, place your hair in a bun on the top of your head. For maximum absorption, place a plastic shower cap over your head and sit under a salon type dryer or a hair bonnet hair dryer attachment like my Gold-N-Hot from my local beauty supply for $8.99.
  6. Rinse. Make sure to rinse all of the excess conditioner out of your hair. Dependent upon the deep conditioner you can opt to rinse it completely out.

These are the steps that I abide by to properly wash my coily hair. This allows for my coils to pop without product. This allows for limiting the amount of product used as well. Share with me some steps that you use to wash your curly/coily/kinky hair.

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