In the last few years, because of products being used on natural hair, I

thought some of you could use some tips for washing greasy hair. Natural hair made a distinctive comeback in the early 2000s.  Relaxer use all but disappeared.  Hairstylists learned new ways to present a smoother version of natural hair.

In order to maintain their bottom line caused by the natural hair

movement, manufacturers had to improve the products they provided.  They did.  There has never been a larger influx of “natural” hair products.  People with afro-centric hair have never had so many choices.  The emphasis has since moved to finding products with better, more organic ingredients. 

What was the draw of relaxers?  The smooth look it gave the face.  Users wanted this same look but

without damaging chemical ingredients.  Product manufacturers responded by providing gels that straightened the super curly texture.  These gave the needed help but over the last three years, I have found it is being overused.  This excessive use of gels to braid the hair has led me to believe people now need tips for washing greasy hair.

If you watch videos showing braided hair, the stylists coat the scalp with the get to get straighter parts.  It looks clean and stays straight but the buildup afterwards is becoming a problem.  Clients think they have dandruff  when it is caused by not cleaning the scalp properly.  Here are some tips for washing greasy hair if you have buildup:

  1. Use  a fine-toothed comb to rub the scalp.
  2. Shampoo the hair at least twice, rubbing the scalp very well.
  3. Avoid keeping the hairstyle with the gel on the scalp over two weeks.
  4. If the build up continues, an oil treatment should help. 

It is important to know these tips for washing greasy hair because a clean scalp is very important to any hairstyle.

By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design,

BooksTalking Hair, Filling My Head, Dreadlocks, A Hairstylist’s Manifest.

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