Cleansing Curly Hair

The Art Of Cleansing Curly Hair

Are you blessed with a head of vibrant and bouncy locks? According to research, it is believed that 11 percent of the world's individuals have curly hair types. Are you one of these lucky individuals? You may find that it is not always as easy to maintain this type of hair. That is why Cocoberry came to be; to provide women with easy-to-use hair care products. Hair Care products that are made to the highest standard with the best ingredients. Cocoberry hair products are formulated by an experienced cosmetic chemist.

Let us take a look at the history and modern practices of hair cleansing also known as shampooing. The English word shampoo dates back to the 1760s in India. Originally the term is a Hindi word pronounced - champoo which means kneading or massaging. Shampooing or cleansing hair has been part of Indian culture since the 1500s. Combinations of coconut milk, animal fat, herbs, and flowers were used to cleanse the hair. These ingredients were massaged into hair and scalp.

History of shampoo

The history of shampoo goes way back to a time before sweet scents and lather. Ochre is a reddish clay rich in Iron Oxide. Human beings have been using it for the past 100,000 years as a cosmetic product, to protect their skin from the sun and to drive insects away. To this day the Himba tribe in northern Namibia have ochre as part of their tradition. Women and older men use ochre mixed with animal fat daily to take care of their skin and hair, instead of washing it with scarce water.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, soap bars became very popular. Soap was used for laundry, and cleaning skin and hair. The ingredients in the soap began to irritate the skin on the scalp. Grooming was still not a constant ritual like today. Water access was rare and expensive.

Fragrance oils and powders were very popular to mask unpleasant smells. When was liquid shampoo made? The jump from soap bars to liquid shampoo was the genius creation of Hans Schwarzkopf. This happened in 1927, and since that time liquid shampoo has been the most common product used for hair cleansing. It was not until 1933 that Hans Schwarzkopf created a soap-free liquid. Finally in 1934, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) introduced the first
synthetic, detergent-based liquid. These innovations might seem simple to us, but they were very important at the time. They were the building blocks of the modern liquid shampoo formulations that we see on the market.

Even with the invention of liquid shampoo, the lack of plumbing infrastructure meant that not every household had access to hot water and some had no indoor plumbing at all. This meant that water had to be heated over the stove and poured into a small tub for shampooing to take place.

The general function of shampoo is to cleanse the dirt and oil from the hair and scalp. As the product became more popular different types of shampoo were created to address certain types of problems in the hair. Some formulations were developed to help with specific problems such as easing scalp conditions such as dandruff.

As the shampoo market grew there were many new products designed to improve the appearance of hair, moisturize, hydrate, volumize, and provide color protection.

How to Use CocoBerry Hair Repair Shampoo

Cocoberry provides a hydrating formula due to our winning combination of coconut water, blueberry oil, and hyaluronic acid.

Coconut water contains vitamin C as well as several B group vitamins that act as antioxidants.

Antioxidants help the skin repair itself in the wake of damage from the sun or environmental factors such as pollution. Coconut water also features proteins called cytokines that may have anti-aging effects by encouraging cell growth. Blueberry Oil is a fantastic oil that has a high amount of antioxidants and nutrients. This oil helps increase the vitality of skin and hair. Blueberry oil is a mild astringent which makes it excellent for removing scalp buildup.

Hyaluronic Acid is a fantastic ingredient for hair. This famous ingredient commonly known for skin is also excellent for hair. Hyaluronic Acid can absorb its weight in water, which adds moisture to hair follicles. This leaves hair looking smooth, sleek, and with less frizz.

Applying Cocoberry Hair Curl Repair Shampoo

Brush hair before shampooing to decrease breakage during washing. Apply a small amount of product onto your hand. Our formula is gel-like and very concentrated. A quarter-sized portion of shampoo will clean the hair and scalp. Apply to the scalp and the hair working the product to the end of the strands. Gently massage the product into the head. This is a great time to incorporate
the Cocoberry Signature Massage. The massage starts at the base of the skull. With your thumbs make circular motions up the head towards the top of the head. Try to increase the pressure you use as it will increase blood flow to the scalp. Do the massage for 5 minutes and rinse the shampoo. For best results follow up with the Cocoberry Haircare Curl Repair Conditioner.

Facts About Washing With Cocoberry Shampoo

Certain ingredients in hair products can cause damage to hair by drying out hair and irritating the scalp. Many shampoos and soaps contain an ingredient known as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). SLS is a very popular ingredient that acts as a surfactant. This ingredient is used in shampoo to help clean the hair and have good lather hair. A long time ago it was used in industrial manufacturing plants to clean machinery due to its capacity to deep cleanse and degrease the toughest residue. This ingredient is very cheap and can be found in a lot of formulations for skin and hair. Recent research has shown that SLS can cause the lifting of the cuticles, whilst stripping the hair and scalp of natural oils. Cleansing conditioners as they are also known replace shampoo and conditioner which reduces the amount of friction and sulphates that the hair is exposed to.
Use the right amount of shampoo. All of our products are SLS-free. Cocoberry makes sure that all of our products are gentle on the scalp and do not strip the beneficial oils from the cuticle.

Did you know that over cleansing is the number one mistake that individuals make? There are many opinions on how often hair should be washed. What is the truth? There is no straightforward answer - how often you wash your hair is fully up to you. Several factors contribute to how often an individual needs to wash their hair. These factors can be such as how often you work out, your scalp’s natural moisture levels, and sebum production. The more you wash your hair the more sebum gets produced to replace the washed-away oils on your
scalp. As a rule generally, it is recommended that those with curly and wavy hair keep their wash days to a minimum. Individuals with curly hair should try to avoid washing their hair every day. Curly hair needs its natural oils to stay healthy and vibrant. When curly hair is washed too frequently it can cause your hair to become very dry. This will ultimately lead to damage and breakage. For optimal results, restrict your hair-washing days to just once or twice a week.

Using the wrong hair products can result in increased damage to the hair and cause long-term irritation of the scalp. By using the Cocoberry Hair Curl Repair Shampoo followed by the Cocoberry Curl Repair Conditioner you will avoid detergent damage to the hair and the removal of the scalp's natural sebum. Cocoberry's formulas are gentle and leave curls feeling light.
Are you ready for the next product in the Cocoberry family? Cocoberry is working on developing a co-wash product. A co-wash is a product that combines the cleansing properties of shampoo with the moisturizing properties of the conditioner. Co-washing formulas are very popular for individuals with curly hair as they are more gentle. Stay tuned for our expanding line of Cocoberry products.


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