Pre and CO-WASH
"Conditioning before you shampoo is great for adding nourishment to fine hair without weighing it down," says Nina Dimachki, artistic director for Kérastase. "It also promotes a longer lasting blowdry and primes the hair before cleansing, allowing shampoo to distribute easier and more evenly (US, 2017)." To pre-condition my hair, I use Blue Magic Cholesterol. It costs less than $3 and makes Nala feel soft and weightless.
I've tried a number of shampoos with formulas that are designed specifically for African American hair, but I haven't found any that I love. I'm a huge fan of Cantu products, and many of them work wonders, but the natural hair shampoo, like several others tangles my hair so bad. At one point in time, I was afraid to wash my own hair because I didn't believe that I could untangle the knots.
My aunt is a professional stylist, so I trust her judgement when it comes to products. She did my hair for years back in New York and for a while since I've been in Georgia as well. For Christmas last year, she bought me Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo. I don't need much of it to create a really thick lather. It cleans my hair quickly and efficiently and leaves Nala feeling smooth.
My favorite step to hair washing is conditioning. This is the step that detangles, moistens, curls, etc. When I condition my hair, I comb and brush through it to make sure all knots are gone and pull apart piece by piece to elongate my curls. Nala isn't really conditioned until my hair is a completely different texture. I leave my conditioning mix in for 15-20 minutes for maximum effects before I rinse it out. My go to mix is equal parts of Natural Oliology Keratin Oil Conditioner and Cantu with Shea Butter for Natural Hair, Cool Calm Detangler. Together, the two allow for me to run my fingers through my hair even after I rinse. Nala is left with her curl pattern in tact and ready for styling.
US. (2017, November 6). We've Been Washing Our Hair Wrong Our Entire Lives. Retrieved December 03, 2017, from http://www.refinery29.com/conditioner-before-shampoo-hair-trick