When it comes to washing natural hair, everyone has their own way of getting the job done. This even goes as far as the products we use and how we use them. While some naturals decide to not use shampoo with sulfates, others still do.
And what are sulfates again? Sodium laurel sulfate (or sodium lauryth sulfate) is a cleansing ingredient added to shampoos and conditioners, and it creates the bubbles we normally see when we lather.
However, sulfates are also found in products like dishwashing detergent, and they can strip our hair of its natural oils* while removing buildup. But that doesn’t mean that someone has to stop using them.
If you decide that you would feel more comfortable using sulfate cleansers, then keep reading to find out how to keep your hair moisturized.
If you are going to shampoo your hair, do a pre-poo treatment beforehand. Pre-pooing just means applying a conditioner, oil, or butter to your hair from anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight before you shampoo. In addition to softening hair, the product acts like an extra layer, so the shampoo doesn’t fully strip your hair or leave it dry.
Oil rinsing is a great addition to any wash day. An oil rinse helps restore shine and seal in moisture for dry or dull hair. Take an oil of your choice (I usually use coconut oil* or EVOO) and apply it to your hair after shampoo. Immediately rinse in the shower, then continue with your conditioner as usual. Oil rinsing also helps make detangling a breeze!
On the days that you shampoo your hair, you may want to follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment. Use your favorite deep conditioner* and leave it in for an hour. To add extra moisture, you can use a steamer* or sit under the dryer.
And finally, to make sure your tresses are fully moisturized after a thorough cleansing, do the LOC method. The (L)iquid (O)il (C)ream method is done after washing, and it seals moisture into the hair. Each added product is a layer over the next.
If you decide to use a sulfate based product, no problem! Just remember that it’s important to make sure that you take care of your hair and restore the natural oils* that are lost in doing so. Moisturized and shiny curls are always better than limp and dry ones!
Do you use sulfate shampoos? How do you keep your hair moisturized?