Washing natural hair can be quite the task. Especially since so much caution must be used in order to avoid damaging your hair by mishandling it when it’s wet and fragile. Using harsh shampoos in addition to handling wet hair is a recipe for disaster. Take out half the risk by using a safe, gentle shampoo for your hair. Sulfate-free, all-natural shampoos are your best bet. Below are my three favorite things to use to wash my natural hair.
1) Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
This shampoo is sulfate free, natural, very gentle and very effective. I dilute mine with a little water in a spray bottle and concentrate on spraying my roots and scalp. I don’t generally apply the shampoo all over my hair unless I know I used a product that will cause buildup, like a silicone-based product. After application, I rinse and let the water from my scalp and roots clean the rest of my hair.
2) Nothing But Clarifying Shampoo by Honest Hair Care
This shampoo does a great job of cleaning hair without stripping it of any natural oils or moisture. I use it and my Shea Moisture shampoo interchangeably whenever it’s time to clarify my hair. It’s gentle and has an awesome, fresh peppermint scent. I use it with a spray bottle and water just the same as I would any other shampoo. It does a great job and has never left my hair feeling dry or robbed of nutrients.
3) Aztec Indian Healing Clay
Alright, so this one is not really a “shampoo,” but it’s an awesome way to clean your hair. I’ve found that this clay is my favorite thing to use to clarify my hair because of the way it makes my curls “pop.” I like to use silicones whenever I am doing a curl-defining style. Silicones give me great definition, but I know that they cause buildup on the hair. Once a month, I clarify with my bentonite clay treatment and I am always happy with the results. My hair is squeaky clean without being dry and the curls are full of life, bounce and shine. To use bentonite clay, mix 1 cup of clay with half a cup of water and half a cup of ACV. Then mix thoroughly, breaking up any clumps until the mixture is thick and creamy. Be sure to only use plastic measuring cups, a plastic bowl and a plastic spoon. Metal deactivates the clay. Add in any oils you like (I add in jojoba oil and then some lavender essential oil for scent). You then apply it to your hair. Focus on massaging it into the scalp and then cover it with a plastic cap for 15 minutes. After that, you rinse and proceed with your deep conditioning regimen.
So there you have it curly girls. Theses three products are great ways to gently cleanse your hair. They provide a good, safe cleaning with predictable results that you can count on. Be sure to try one or all of them out sometime soon!