Cleansing Fine Low Porosity Natural Hair

Ah, cleansing. 

I bet a lot of you were hoping this next post on fine low porosity hair care was going to be about what products to use. LOL. Well, to be honest, what products to use for your hair care is so individual, I wouldn’t trust 100% anyone’s recommendations. But that’s just my advice. I’m not a big fan of the mainstream products because they tend to not work for my hair type. And if you’re here, you might be in the same boat. I can only tell you what’s worked for me, but keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. This is only a guide to help you figure out your own natural hair care routine.

So….Cleansing.

Shampoo or Cowash? And How Often?

These are the two main questions that most naturals ask.

The answer?

It depends.

It depends on your styling methods when it comes to your hair. It depends on how often you work out. It depends on the season and the weather outside. It depends on the products you use.

There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out your wash routine. But here’s a general rule of thumb:

Cowash When You Can, and Shampoo When You Must.

Here’s the thing about shampoo. It’s a soap. It’s meant to clean your skin, not your hair. In this case, your skin is your scalp. Your hair doesn’t need a lot of shampoo to get clean. So when you shampoo, focus on your scalp and your roots rather than your hair. The gentler the shampoo, the less likely it is to strip your strands of moisture. Look for tons of natural oils and moisturizers in the ingredients list. If you’re stumped on what shampoos to try, I’ve been using the Alaffia Lavender Shampoo. 

I’m not in love with it because it doesn’t have the detangling properties that other cleansers I’ve tried have. But it’s still a good shampoo. It has a shea butter base, it cleanses and it’s gentle. And that’s what’s most important. Plus, it’s a fair trade product that inexpensive. It’s about $10 for a massive 32 ounces at my local Sprouts. Man, 32 ounces goes a LONG WAY for natural hair…

And FYI, typically, one shampoo is enough. I know some out there advocate for two shampoos, but unless you’re using lots of heavy butters and creams (and if you have fine hair, you’re probably not doing that), you don’t need to shampoo twice. You’ll just be stripping your hair of much-needed moisture and overmanipulating your stands. Stick to one wash. 

And shampoo only as needed. For me, my scalp tells me when it’s time to shampoo. It gets tender and kind of itchy. That’s when I know to bring out the suds, and that’s usually about once a month. But that may be different for you. If you use heavy products on your hair and scalp, shampooing once a week might make more sense for your hair care routine. It’s going to take a bit of trial and error. But that’s why making sure you have the right shampoo to start is so important: if you accidentally shampoo too frequently as you figure out your routine, having that gentle shampoo on hand and focusing on your scalp and roots help prevent damaging your strands.I

Recap

1. When it comes to cleansing fine low porosity natural hair, you want to start with gentle cleanser.

2. Look for a cleanser with tons of natural oils and moisturizers.

3. Focus on the scalp and the roots when shampooing.

4. Bonus points if your shampoo helps with detangling.

5. Shampoo only as needed, and cowash when you can.

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