For the most part, the shampoos you find in your local store are too harsh for natural hair. They will more than likely dry your hair out too much - due to strong detergents called sulphates/sulfates. This has led some to follow "no poo" hair regimens.
How to clean your hair without shampoo:
1. The water-only method
You wash your hair with warm water only. Warm water helps to dislodge oils and and dirt. As you wash your hair, you massage the scalp and squeeze the hair gently to rinse out the dirt.
Who might the water only method suit?
Is water-only a good idea?
I don't know, I have never tried it but here is one lady that had a negative experience with the water-only method.
2. The baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) method
Under this method, a couple of tablespoons of baking soda are mixed with two or three litres of water and used to wash the hair.
The result/benefit of washing with baking soda:
The disadvantage of washing with baking soda:
3. An apple cider vinegar (ACV) wash
I probably wouldn't use this weekly but if you wash your hair with water only you can use apple cider vinegar for a stronger wash when you have build up from hair products.
Mix half a cup of ACV with 3 or so litres of water then wash your hair with it. I usually use an old milk bottle for ease of pouring it onto my head.
Advantage of use ACV
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