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The ultimate hair-washing routine for African American hair


We all know that hair washing is the jumping-off point for easy-to-style, healthy-looking hair. No matter your hair texture, a good hair-wash routine is what happy hair relies on. Wondering how to wash Black hair for the best results? It’s all about retaining moisture. Below is the best hair-wash routine for coily-textured hair.


Pre-wash treatments for Black hair

If you use a lot of styling products, your hair-wash routine might take longer, but it’s worth the effort for the thoroughly cleansed and conditioned hair you’re left with. A good wash day always starts with a pre-wash. If you struggle with hair growth or scalp issues, you might benefit from some scalp oiling pre-wash. Massaging your scalp stimulates blood flow to the roots of your hair, which can help with hair growth, plus it begins the process of loosening dead skin and product build-up from your scalp. Opt for a light, natural oil or deep treat with castor oil the night before your hair-wash, massaging it in with the tips of your fingers in sections. If you wear your hair straight, comb through and wear it in a low bun overnight. If you wear your hair in its natural texture, pineapple it up into a high ponytail for bedtime.

Cleansing Afro hair

Afro hair shouldn’t be washed too frequently because it can lead to excessive dryness. For this reason, focus on your scalp (especially if you’ve done any pre-treating) and then bring the shampoo down the lengths before rinsing away – there’s no need to scrub at your hair as this can lead to matting and tangles. Use a lightly-foaming shampoo to lift product build-up, sweat, and oil from the scalp and lengths of your hair. Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo will cleanse without stripping essential moisture.

The importance of conditioning

Once hair is cleansed, you need to ensure it’s well conditioned before styling. A conditioner loaded with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil will help to lock in hydration, which is key for coily hair that can often lack moisture. Apply a conditioner or mask like Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Spa Recovery Mask to wet hair and detangle before rinsing and styling.

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