Every person is different, and so is every hair type. We know how hard it can be to find a curly or wavy hair routine that actually works. Thankfully, we have worked through some of the difficulty, and have prepared a guide to make your hair routine more simple and effective.
Let’s start by addressing the issues with normal shampoos and conditioners.
What’s Wrong with Your Current Hair Care?
Taking care of your curly or wavy hair starts with the shampoo that you use. Most shampoos that are on the market are actually detergents. These detergents are made synthetically to imitate soap, while being more potent. Because of their “power”, they can strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture. Once the oil is stripped from your hair, it’s clean but is most likely dried out from the oils being removed. This lack of moisture can damage your hair’s cuticle, which is the protective outer layer of the hair. Damage to the cuticle can impact your hair’s shine and make it more susceptible to further damage. When using a conventional shampoo, you might not notice that your hair is being damaged. That could be because of the addition of silicone to your shampoo, which makes hair “look good” even if it is stripped from its natural oils.
Since the moisture has been removed from your hair, you will most likely need to condition it to improve its health. The conditioner replaces the moisture that has been stripped from your hair, and attempts to maintain your cuticle’s moisture balance. This makes it feel softer and healthier.
What if, instead of stripping the moisture from your hair and then having to replace it using another product, you just used one product that cleans and moisturizes all in one?
Using standard curly hair shampoo and conditioner seems a bit silly when you think about what it actually does to your hair. What if, instead of stripping the moisture from your hair and then having to replace it using another product, you just used one product that cleans and moisturizes all in one?
Natural Soap - Shampoo
Swapping your shampoo and conditioner for a natural, biodegradable shampoo bar can help prevent unnecessary damage to your hair. Natural ingredients will likely be less harmful to your hair than a synthetic shampoo, for its gentler nature. Many natural soap bars are created using a mixture of natural ingredients that are less harsh than the synthetic ones that are created in a lab. This means that they will likely be more gentle on your hair, and maintain more of the moisture that your hair produces naturally. Our Olive Oil Everything bar will clean your hair gently, without damaging its protective layer.
In comparison to synthetic shampoos, natural shampoos offer a more gentle cleaning, and only require a quick vinegar rinse to maintain the composition of your hair.
In comparison to synthetic shampoos, natural shampoos offer a more gentle cleaning, and only require a quick vinegar rinse to maintain the composition of your hair. Since natural shampoos have a basic pH, rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar after you wash helps create a neutral pH for your hair. This balance will help your hair feel light and moisturized.
History of Shampoos
Over time, shampoos have become more and more complex. With the introduction of synthetic ingredients, shampoo formulas have become more specialized for certain hair types.
With the consumer demand for specialized shampoos comes the introduction of conditioners, and now rather than using one product to care for your hair, you “need” two. These synthetic shampoos are often filled with sulfates and other chemicals that damage your hair. The same companies that sell the harmful shampoos then market conditioners as the solution to the damage that they caused. In this sense, many hair care companies create double the profit from a single customer by selling products that cause the issues in the first place.
The same companies that sell the harmful shampoos then market conditioners as the solution to the damage that they caused.
While you can certainly use an ordinary shampoo and conditioner duo, at DOHM we believe that it should be much easier and better for you than that. This is why we have created the everything bar, which gently cleanses your hair and requires no conditioner, just a quick vinegar rinse.
At DOHM, we have spent years creating our balanced and effective Everything Bar. The Everything Bar is a natural soap made with nourishing oils such as olive oil soap and sesame oil. It can be used for any of your personal care needs, from body and face wash to shampoo.
The Everything bar is gentle and hydrating, making it perfect for voluminous, curly or wavy hair. To use the cruelty free shampoo bar, water the bar and massage it to your scalp until in lathers. Then, wash your hair as you normally would with shampoo. It is formulated with ingredients that will leave your hair feeling soft and healthy even without conditioner.
While you won’t have to condition when you use a natural hair cleanser, you can use a vinegar rinse to make your hair even softer.
To use a vinegar rinse as a sustainable conditioner substitute, simply add apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle. After you wash and rinse your hair, spray your hair with vinegar, massage for a few seconds, and then rise with water. The vinegar will balance your hair PH and will not leave a vinegar smell on your hair.
This will soften your hair without weighing it down, so if you have been wondering how to make your hair softer and easier to detangle, using a vinegar rinse can help!
You can either allow your hair to air dry and apply a few drops of sesame oil or our Matcha oil to your hair ends to help style it. It might take a few weeks to transition to a natural shampoo, since your hair might be used to producing a big amount of oils to replenish your scalp after you used detergents. With time, your scalp will regulate to produce less oil, allowing you to wash your hair fewer times and restore its natural shine and waves.
It might take a few weeks to transition to a natural shampoo, since your hair might be used to producing a big amount of oils to replenish your scalp after you used detergents.
Just remember that when you are exploring new products, it might take a while for your hair to adjust to your new routine. Don’t be discouraged if things take a while to adjust. The human body is amazing and resilient, so it will respond to the changes in time.
We hope that these simple and easy steps help you find a curly hair routine that works for you!
Photography by Jane Seixas