Many African women argue that conditioner is more important than shampoo when it comes to growing a healthy mane. But is this really the case? We hear from the experts.
How Often Should You Wash African Hair, Really?
A healthy head of hair depends on several factors: your diet, the products you use every day and your washing and styling habits. If you’re like most black women, you already know that over-washing and under-washing can both have disastrous effects on your hair, so the question remains: how often should you wash?
Rocky Bukasa, a Mizani Educator has this to say about washing African hair: “Because of how prone to dryness African hair is, I recommend washing every seven to 10 days. Make sure you use shampoos that gentle cleanse, such as the Mizani Moisturefusion® Milk Bath Rinse, which is suitable for relaxed, natural and colour-treated hair. Infused with a complex of moisturising agents, essential oils and proteins, it hydrates, softens and strengthens moisture-deprived hair for increased shine and styling manageability.”
Along with Rocky’s advice, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Your scalp produces natural oils such as sebum, vitally important to the health of your hair. Some shampoos tend to strip away these oils along with accumulated dirt, which can lead to brittle, easily broken hair strands, especially for African women. You should always ensure your shampoo doesn’t upset this delicate balance. Go with a product like the Mizani Milk Bath Rinse already mentioned, or Mizani’s True Textures® Moisture Replenish Shampoo – which is rich in natural oils such as olive, marula and coconut, ideal for maintaining hair’s moisture levels.
Greasy-looking hair is often the result of a build-up of natural oils that weigh down the strands and leave them looking dull and lifeless. Caucasian women with straighter hair are generally advised to wash more often than women of African descent because oils travel easily down their sleek strands, while it takes longer for these oils to make their way down the shafts of kinky or very curly hair.
Age has a bigger impact on the state of your hair than you might think. It’s about more than going grey. Rather, the bigger issue is the hormonal changes that accompany ageing. With menopause, women may notice increased hair loss and their hairline receding. Hair may also become dryer, duller and more fragile than before. This requires a gentler, but still effective and thoughtful approach to hair care. You shouldn’t wash your hair any less often than before, but rather introduce products like Mizani Supreme Oil into your routine. Supreme Oil’s combination of surface and penetrating natural oils revitalise the youthful look and feel of hair, improving softness, shine and elasticity.
As you may have realised, every woman is different, and every woman’s hair changes throughout her life. Keeping that crowning glory healthy is all about understanding your hair, and a visit to a professional stylist for an expert assessment is a great place to get started. Your stylist will be able to examine the state of your hair and scalp, and offer salon-quality products and expert advice on how to achieve gorgeous results.
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