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How to Use a Shampoo Bar for Curly Hair: Curly Girl Hacks

August 04, 2022 4 min read


Curly hair is a sight to behold, but most people don’t know how hard it can be to maintain and care for. Curly hair, compared to straight hair, can be difficult to maintain because curly hair is more prone to losing moisture and drying out. This is so because the structure of curly hair makes it difficult for natural oil from the scalp to coat hair strands completely (from root to ends).

If you have curly hair and you want it to be healthy, you probably already know you have to be deliberate about the care you give to your hair so you can avoid damage and breakage. Bouncy beautiful curls take effort. Even though there is no one-size-fits-all approach to caring for your curls, there are tips, tricks, and practices that you can adopt to make sure you wash your curly hair properly. If you want your curls to look and feel their best, read on and we’ll break down useful practices you can adopt when washing your curly hair.

Start With The Right Products 

Fermented Rice Water Shampoo Bar

Pick The Right Shampoo

When it comes to washing your curls, you need to start with the right products. Choosing the right shampoo will make a lot of difference and help you effectively cleanse your hair. Choose a shampoo with natural ingredients over harsh components like sodium lauryl sulfate.

To be on the safe side choose a vegan shampoo with no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrance. A good choice is the Yao Secret fermented rice water shampoo bar. It is an unscented shampoo bar infused with a special blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that will help promote hair growth and restore the natural beauty of your hair.

Pick The Right Conditioner

The next product on the list after the shampoo is the conditioner. Curly hair is already prone to dryness and damage, so steer clear of conditioners with synthetic components. Opt for a conditioner with natural ingredients like the Yao Secret fermented rice water conditioner bar. It is specially designed to prevent split ends and encourage hair growth. It will add shine and bounce to your hair without the risk of damage or dryness. 

Be Conscious Of The Ingredients In Your Products

As the ultimate custodian of your beautiful curls, it is your responsibility to know what you’re putting on your hair. Be aware of the ingredients in your products, your shampoo and conditioner especially. Completely avoid products with alcohol, as alcohol is drying and will draw out all the moisture in your hair, causing your curls to get crunchy and leading to damage.

Choose The Right Brush Or Comb

Your curls are delicate, and you should treat them as such. The styling tools you use on your hair can determine if all the work you've put into choosing the right products will show or be diminished. Choose a brush made with high-quality material like vera wood. A wide-tooth comb is perfect for detangling your curls and breaking up knots without causing damage to your curls. This wide-tooth detangling comb from Yao Secret is a perfect choice. It detangles in fewer strokes than a regular comb and leaves your hair defined and frizz-free.

Use a Diffuser If You're Using a Blow Dryer

It is best to avoid heat styling tools when caring for your curly hair. The best way to dry your curls is to air-dry them. If you have to blow dry your curls, make sure to use a diffuser to avoid damage that heat can cause to your hair.

Hair Dryer Diffuser

Apply The Right Techniques

Step 1: Detangle

The structure of curly hair makes it more prone to knots than straight hair. Because wet curls are more fragile and can break if not handled with care, it is best to detangle your hair before you start washing it. Use a wide-tooth comb to avoid damage and breakage. Detangling before you start anything else makes it easy to comb through your hair during and after the washing process. You can add natural or essential oils like coconut oil and jojoba oil to nourish your hair and make the detangling process easier. 

Step 2: Shampoo

Shampooing is the next step after detangling. Follow these simple steps when shampooing your curly hair.

  • Saturate your hair: First, soak your curls with water.
  • Start at the root: Lather up your shampoo and start with massaging it into your scalp. Focus on the roots to get all the grime and dirt off.
  • Rinse with warm water: After washing, rinse your curls thoroughly with warm water. Warm water helps to open up your cuticles so they can soak in more moisture.

Step 3: Condition

Next up after shampooing is conditioning. Conditioning provides your curls with the moisture it needs to remain soft, shiny, and easy to manage.

  • Squeeze out excess moisture: Before applying conditioner you need to get rid of excess water from your hair by gently wringing the water out of your hair.
  • Avoid your roots: With shampooing, you start with the roots. The opposite is true for conditioning. Avoid your roots and focus on the ends to the middle of your hair.
  • Let your curls soak up moisture: Give your curls some time to soak in moisture from your conditioner.

Step 4: Dry Carefully

When drying your curls, you need to keep their delicate nature at the forefront of your mind. Do not use terry cloth towels, instead use a microfiber towel or soft cotton t-shirt. And be gentle, do not rub. As we stated earlier in the products section, it is best to air-dry your hair, but if you need to use a blow-dry, make sure to use a diffuser to protect your hair from heat damage.

How To Use a Shampoo Bar For Your Curly Hair

Using a natural shampoo bar is the best way to cleanse your hair and rid it of grime and dirt while still keeping your hair healthy and protecting it from damage.

Follow the following steps when using a shampoo bar:

  1. Saturate your hair with water.
  2. Get the shampoo bar wet and lather it in your hand.
  3. Massage the lather into your hair and scalp for two minutes.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.

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