You should shampoo your hair every 1 to 2 weeks. This will ensure that any buildup of products and residue is removed, leaving the hair clean and silky. Sulphate free shampoo is the best type to use as it avoids stripping the hair of its existing moisture and is more gentle on pre-colored hair.
1: First, saturate your hair with warm water. Use a dime sized or quarter sized amount of shampoo, depending on the length and thickness of the hair.
2: Massage the shampoo into the scalp to remove any residue and buildup from your real hair underneath the hair and on the scalp area.
*Tip: Be very gentle. Do not rub hair excessively as this will create tangles. Treat the hair as if it were your own to ensure longevity.
3: Rinse and repeat as needed.
4: Use a light conditioner to rehydrate both the hair and your real hair underneath. Be sure to let the conditioner reach your scalp to ensure your real hair is properly moisturized as well.
5: Detangle with a wide tooth comb
6: Use a light leave-in conditioning spray. Apply to the hair and separate the hair so that the leave-in conditioner reaches your hair underneath as well.
7: Air dry, but if you must, sit under a cool dryer until hair including your real hair underneath is thoroughly dry.
8: It is important to keep hair moisturized to avoid snagging and tangles. To keep hair moisturized between washes, use a light leave-in conditioning spray every day and dry shampoo as needed.
At night, you should never use a head covering made from cotton as this will dry the hair out, cause tangles and give it a dull lifeless look. You should always use a satin cap or a satin scarf as this material helps retain the moisture in the hair.
For kinky hair, you can braid it in large braids and secure with pins under the satin cap or scarf. For wavy hair, you can twist it and pin it up under the cap, and for straight hair, you can wrap it, secure it with pins and then put on the satin cap or scarf at bedtime.