Wednesday, 18 September 2013

My product staples - series 1 - shampoos

I thought this would be a good time for me to re-evaluate my staples before I dive into my long stretch this time around. I need to make sure I have my trusted staples at hand, and understand why my hair likes/loves them, I feel I need to understand this should I have to switch into a different product along the way.

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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8 comments:

  1. This is a good post. I also use ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo to clarify. For normal weekly washes, i don't have a specific shampoo. I use any that does not have sulphate or that says moisturising shampoo :).

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    1. That was my thought process too, it's working so far!

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  2. I use both shampoos myself and love them both however I sometimes use a shampoo with sodium laureth sulfate instead of ORS shampoo to clarify because it is gentler on my hair.

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    1. I think you are right about other sulphate shampoos being gentler than ORS, I find it really does clean up my hair but have other sulphate shampoos I play around with :) thanks for your comment

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  3. I use both shampoos but I prefer the Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo even though the Elasta QP lathers more to me.

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  4. I use the ORS to clarify as it is cheap and you can get it easily. But, my staple shampoo is TIGI FOXY curls sulfate free moisturizing shampoo. It smells like skittles and is not harsh on your curls. I Love it.

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    1. I have never tried that shampoo, am always keen to try out new products. Most people find ors too harsh on hair, I don't use it too often and the price and availability is a plus! Thanks for your comment :)

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