When looking for information and advice on how to care for natural hair, there’s an overwhelming amount of contradicting information regarding what ingredients, products, and methods one should use. I’m here to tell you that it’s 100% okay to break the rules, you don’t have to do everything the next person is doing. I’ve been natural for 2 years and at this point I’m convinced that I’ve been doing all the wrong things for my hair, only because a stranger said so.
Literally everyone’s hair is different, so it wouldn’t make sense for you to follow someone’s hair regimen and advice exactly. But if you’re confused and exhausted like I was when I first went natural and you don’t care about “rules”, here’s some guidelines you can follow to simplify your way to healthier hair.
1. Sulfates – It’s important to incorporate a shampoo into your routine that has sulfates, as it will tie in with the next step. A lot of natural hair bloggers and such will dispel sulfates as the devil because they can be drying (though not all are) but you kind of need them, it’s the only kind of shampoo that will clarify your hair and get it squeaky clean. You can’t grow long and healthy hair if your scalp and hair strands are covered in product buildup, you have to keep your hair clean. Co-washing will help with moisture but not necessarily with cleaning, so if you don’t like using sulfates it’s best that you use specific conditioners and other products that only contain water-soluble silicones that don’t remain in the hair even after rinsing.