Have you ever been staring at the mirror looking at your lifeless, problematic hair debating what’s the best shampoo for relaxed hair? Should you clarify, shampoo, co-cleanse or co-wash? Deciding which method is best can be confusing. This struggle is one that is often experienced early on in the healthy journey but seasoned vets can also experience confusion as well.
Methods of Shampoo for Relaxed Hair
Clarify and Chelate
I don’t strip my hair down often but usually will the first wash after a relaxer to remove salon styling products and relaxer deposits from my hair. I reserve clarifying and chelating for once every 4 to 6 weeks to remove all product buildup. This just ensures optimum performance of hair products and gives my scalp a break from any buildup. I also clarify and chelate the week before a touch up to ensure my hair and scalp is free from buildup and ready to accept the relaxer.
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I tend to shampoo my hair when it requires a good cleansing but doesn’t require a full strip down. I allow my hair to gauge what it needs but on average I shampoo every couple of weeks. Nexxus Humectress and Bee Mine Moisturizing Shampoo are moisturizing and gently cleans the hair.
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If my hair is responding well to product and there are no signs of buildup on the scalp, I will co-cleanse my hair. Co-cleansing is really beneficial as it removes enough product from my hair where I’m not dealing with loads of buildup yet it softens my hair nicely. HairVeda Amala Cream Rinse is perfect for lightly removing dirt and oils from the hair.
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I co-wash infrequently but reserve it for those times when I’m deep into a stretch and need hydration. TRESemme Naturals and Aussie Moist offer awesome slip and moisture!
SEE ALSO: TRESemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner | How I Co-Wash Relaxed Hair [with Aussie Moist]
What’s your favorite shampoo for relaxed hair?