Super Natural: MahoganyCurls on Whether Shampooing Is Necessary

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To shampoo, or not to shampoo? That is the question. I get asked this question a lot. When I first started my natural hair journey, I was so excited about being natural and embracing my natural hair that I bought every hair product under the sun. It was so funny now that I look back on it. I had to get conditioner and the shampoo that goes with it. I would grab the product in a hurry and jump immediately in the shower to shampoo my hair when I arrived home. The experience reminded me of an herbal essence commercial. At the time, I had a TWA, so I decided that it would be okay to shampoo my hair every day. One morning I woke up and my scalp was itching terribly and it was also inflamed. I knew immediately why it felt that way. I dried my scalp out tremendously. My hair also felt extremely dry, almost like hay. I quickly learned that shampooing my hair several times a day was a huge no-no.

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As a result, I decided to shampoo once a week instead. Eventually, my hair began to grow but it still felt dehydrated. I knew that I had to adjust to the feeling of natural hair compared to relaxed hair but my hair didn’t feel normal. After doing some research on curly hair and shampoo, I learned that shampoo is okay if it is used sparingly.

If you must shampoo, I recommend that you use sulfate free shampoos because they do not strip your hair of natural oils. Everyone has different views when it comes to cleansing hair, so I recommend that you always use your own judgment through trial and error and do what works for you.

Jessica Lewis's tutorials have received more than 22 million views on the MahoganyCurls YouTube channel, and nearly 500K follow the Macon, GA native via social media.