6 Common Mistakes Naturals are Making when Shampooing their Curls

Published On December 30, 2015 | By Aishia Strickland | #30DayHairDetox, Hair

So, you thought you had your regimen down to a science..NOT!  There are some common mistakes in the shampoo process that a lot of Naturals are making that lead to build-up and dry frizzy curls.

Let’s not waste time and get into the 6 common mistakes being made by Naturals in the cleansing

1. You pre-poo with oil


Pre-pooing is actually a great way to start the detangling process however what’s not helpful is using heavy oils like coconut or castor oil as your pre-poo agent.  While the purpose of the pre-poo is to help with tangles you also need to keep in mind that the whole point is to get your curls cleansed.  Adding heavy oils prior to cleansing your curls is actually counterproductive considering that a lot of us are using sulfate free cleansers.  And if you’re only use sulfate free shampoo to remove the heavy oils and butters that we love to use then you attempting to style and hydrate dry curls.

2. You’re Using Shampoos that Have Heavy Sealants in the Ingredients.


Reading that product label is uber  important when choosing  products for our curls.  As matter of fact the first 5 ingredients on the list are amongst the most important.  Products containing  heavy oils or butters within the first 5 ingredients on the label are actually counterproductive to the cleansing properties listed.  Shampoo is not supposed to make your curls soft.

3. You’re not using a Clarifying Shampoo


The way we love our oils and butters is the same love we should have for clarifying shampoo.  Clarifying shampoo is our friend and should be used in accordance with our specific hair needs.  I personally suffer from hair buildup so clarifying shampoo is something that I personally use 2-3 times a month.  Those of you who go 2 weeks

4. You’re using Clay, ACV, Baking Soda and Soap to Cleanse your Hair


If you’re using heavy oils and butters you’re wasting time with these chemicals.  In fact you’re actually making your curls quite thirsty and further adding to your curls becoming dry, dull and limp. Please stop…get yourself a shampoo that is full of surfactants and wash your damn hair!

5. You’re not using shampoo that is formulated for your hair

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Her hair product gets the job done everytime – Haircare

If your hair is dry and you’re using a shampoo formulated for oily hair then you are doing your curls a huge disservice.  All of our curls are different and in most cases all our curls have different needs.  It’s very important to use a shampoo that meets the needs of our personal curls.

6. You’re using CoWashing as form of shampooing


CoWashing is a method of cleansing  and refreshing the curls, curls that are layered in water based product, between shampoos.  CoWashing is not effective nor productive on curls, like ours, that are layered in heavy oils and butters.  The only way to throughly cleanse curls layered in heavy oils and butters is to actually use shampoos with heavy surfactants.  It’s not that CoWashing is inherently bad but it’s how we’ve been misusing that is!

They say “When you know better you do better!”

Is anyone else guilty of committing any of these mistakes?

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Editor of Chocolate Curls Beauty, Co-Creator of the 30dayhairdetox, Contributor to , Beauty School Student and Full-Time Mom to a little Chocolate Prince.