IT'S A CONVENTIONAL HAIR BELIEF that we’re supposed to use shampoo, and wash our hair more than once a week. Those rules are great for people with naturally straight hair, of the texture that tends to look oily and dirty after a few days without washing. But for curly girls, or women with natural afro-textured hair, using harsh shampoos every few days will dry out your curls and result in frizz. Many naturalistas prefer to use the “no poo” method popularized by Devachan creator Lorraine Massey in her widely respected book, Curly Girl. The “no poo” method doesn’t mean you have dirty hair—au contraire. It just means finding a gentler, more curl-friendly product with which to cleanse your scalp and your hair. Your hair might prefer a creamy hair cleanser, or an oil based cleanser. Here are six amazing products that will leave your curly hair feeling happy and clean, and not stripped as mainstream shampoos might:
Ouidad Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil: This foaming, water-activated cleanser includes Ouidad’s special repair complex that includes Mafura butter and Kalahari melon seed oil to give your hair the nourishment and protein it needs.
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing Cowash: Made with coconut oil and shea butter, this sulfate-free, no suds cleanser has the texture of a thick conditioning cream. Natural curly hair will love this!
Devacurl No Poo: The product that started the ball rolling on the movement! This shampoo alternative works for a variety of hair textures, giving hydrating, sulfate free cleansing power to girls with loose curls, ringlets, kinks or coils.
WEN SixThirteen by Chaz Dean: Chaz Dean built a WEN empire on QVC, thanks to his popular cleansing treatments, and his latest, Six Thirteen, amps up the formula with botanicals and amino acid complex, to hydrate the hair even better than before.
SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo: When it comes to cleansing oils for any body part, we defer to Shu Uemura. This is a shampoo in name only. What the Art Of Hair Cleansing Oil does, is gently cleanse the hair with rich foam that whisks away the scalp build-up that’s been weighing your hair down.
My HoneyChild Olive You Scalp Cleaner: This indie brand based in Raleigh, North Carolina is known and loved by women with natural hair, because the products work so well! This olive oil based scalp cleanser is said to help with dry scalp and dandruff, while cleansing and moisturizing damaged, dry hair.
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.