How do Black People Shower: What You Wish You Knew!

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While the above title may come off as a racist statement or a stereotype, you may genuinely be curious about how black people shower, especially when there’ve been recent debates and conversations about this. 

The debates span from how many times a person should shower to conversations about how various races shower. 

This article promises to be fun and informative as it will talk about whether there’s indeed a particular way black people shower, whether it’s only black people that shower that way, or whether there’s even a right way to shower.

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How Do Black People Shower?

Black people shower like every other race. There’s actually no particular way black people shower that is so different from how other people shower. 

However, it’s quite important for you to know what the internet says about how black people shower. Below is a list of them:

1. Black People Shower with Washcloths, Bathing Sponges (Natural or Synthetic), and Loofahs.

While this is true, black people aren’t the only ones who shower with the mentioned items. People of different races also shower with these items. 

Anyone, regardless of their race, can choose to shower with their hands or with sponges, loofahs, or washcloths; it’s up to them and not about their race. 

Dermatologists always talk about the best ways to shower, whether to use just shower gel or bathing sponges; however, none of these doctors relate these to race. 

2. Black People Shower Everyday

Yes, black people shower every day, as does every other person out there. The number of times a person chooses to shower doesn’t have anything to do with their race. There are some people who believe that white people shower more than any other race. 

There have been conversations about the number of times a person should shower. These conversations came about when some celebrities admitted that they don’t shower every day. Well, the question of whether it’s good to shower every day doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all response. 

Many dermatologists say you aren’t supposed to shower every day, only just enough. Other doctors say a daily shower is sufficient. Generally, it’s more of a personal and hygienic decision than one on a racial basis.

3. Funny Videos on Social Media

You’ve probably seen some funny videos on social media about the kinds of preparations blacks have to take before showering. 

Some of these videos talk about how black people have to prepare playlists and soundbars before showering. They spend so much time in the bathroom, not only showering but also having fun dancing and singing. 

Other videos also talk about black people preparing to take a shower but ending up spending hours doing other things but showering. 

These videos are actually for fun purposes; you’d even see black people making the videos themselves. However, some of these acts are usually things everyone does regardless of their race. 

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What is the Right Way to Shower?

Generally, everyone has their own idea of how hygiene should work. Nevertheless, you may still wonder if there’s a right way to shower, at least according to doctors. This part of the article will strictly follow what experts believe is the best way to shower.

Below are the best ways dermatologists recommend showering:

1. Get the Right Water Temperature. 

Experts advise that you shower with lukewarm water.  Although experts say cold showers tighten and give your skin a healthier glow, it may not be a good idea to have a cold shower when you’re sick or in cold weather. 

The process of warming up your body may take a while. Taking very hot showers might also irritate your skin, strip your skin of its natural oils, or even increase your blood pressure

There are pros and cons to taking cold or hot showers, but it’s advisable to check the weather conditions and your skin conditions before deciding which one to opt for. Whatever the case, though, it’s ideal to go with a lukewarm shower

2. Getting The Right Shower Gel

While some people prefer shower gel, others prefer soap bars. Any of these is good. Generally, the right shower gel will depend on your skin type. However, experts advise you to look out for ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘fragrance-free’ on the gel package. 

These terms show the product contains less-likely-to-irritate ingredients. Other experts also say sulfate-free shower gels don’t contain harmful substances and therefore are good for the skin.

3. Shampoo and Rinse Thoroughly

Pour an ideal amount of soap on your washcloth, bath sponge, or loofah and apply it to your body. Remember to wash your legs and between your toes. Don’t forget to rinse off properly as well. It isn’t good for your skin to dry out with soap remnants.

4. Limit Your Showers to 5 To 10 Minutes.

It’s advisable to limit your showers to 5 to 10 minutes. Staying too long in the water can dry out your skin. Also, remember to change your shower towel at least once a week and dry your loofahs and sponges outside the shower. 

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How Many Times Should You Shower?

In answering this question, it’s important to take into consideration your personal hygiene routines and goals and kind of the environment you live in. 

Experts say it’s not advisable to shower every day; about 2-3 times a week is okay. However, if you live in a dusty area or if you’re an outgoing type, it may be difficult to follow this routine. This routine may probably work for someone who is always indoors. 

Also, while you may feel uncomfortable showering just three times a week because that isn’t what you grew up doing, others may be okay with this routine. 

You should also take your skin conditions into consideration when picking a shower routine. Experts say showering too much may cause dry, flaky skin, itchiness, or dry and brittle hair. 

Again, if you don’t shower enough, you may experience skin infections, discolored skin, and increased body odor. 

The basic tip for healthy bathing, therefore, is to take one shower every day. 

Now It’s Your Turn

As already mentioned, showering is based on your personal hygiene routines and your doctor’s advice. It’s not based on race. There isn’t any particular or unique way a particular race, like black people, showers.

You may often see someone or a couple of people from a race bathing in a certain way; this doesn’t mean that’s how everyone from that race showers. This article has therefore established that there’s no ‘black way of showering’. 

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