In terms of shampoos I have 2 shampoos regular shampoos that I used
Ø Clarifying and chelating shampoo –ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo – I clarify my hair once a month, to get all the product build up out, this is even more useful when am deep into my stretch when moisturising is more vital, unclean hair doesn’t take up products well. This shampoo is also used as my neutralising shampoo on my relaxer day. I do not use it too often as it would strip my hair of its natural oils, and from skim reading the Science of Black hair (need to read it through in more detail) ammonium lauryl sulphate ingredient can make hair more porous, if used too often. I have normal porosity hair, and would love love love to keep it that way.
Because a clarifying shampoo should remove all product build up I do not mind if it contains sulphates as long as it cleans up my hair, when I start getting more new growth, I tend to use products with glycerine, and my hair tends to have more build up each week, so clarifying is needed more often. I always pre-poo with oils before using this shampoo, however, I am questioning the need of pre-pooing more and more, it doesn’t feel like it’s doing much, but I don’t have the benefit of seeing my hair under a microscope so for now let me listen to the science. Moving on....
Ø Weekly sulphate free shampoo –Elasta QP crème conditioning shampoo – I really love this shampoo because it does not strip my hair and it’s a safe shampoo to use on a weekly basis, this product has no sulphates, but lathers really well and it smells good too!
For my weekly shampoo I am looking for something that is moisturising, does not contain stripping ingredients that would make my hair more porous. Should moisture my hair and scalp, should lathe well and cleanse my scalp and hair better than a co-wash conditioner
As I do not use heavy products such as hair sprays, or go swimming, I feel I can afford to clarify my hair on a once a month basis. As far as shampoos go, I feel I have found my staples; each bottle is under £5 which is also good for my pocket.
Which shampoos do you swear by?
Happy Hair Journeys Ladies! :-)
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