Should I Detangle My Natural Hair Before or After I Shampoo?

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

The natural hair community is chock full of information of all kinds. From co-washing to deep conditioning and sealing, there are many different tips and tricks that are shared by some of our favorite natural hair gurus. One of the most discussed topics by far is definitely the different methods of detangling and whether it’s more effective when done either before or after shampooing the hair.

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An Amazing Alternative to Shampoo for Low Porosity Natural Hair

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Watch as Curlygaisha shares an alternative for your cleansing routine!  Bentonite clay mixed with ACV is a great way to cleanse, and clarify the hair without stripping it. This is especially good for  naturalistas with low porosity hair, as shampoo can be very drying.

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Showering With A Hair Net



by Mary Wolff

While a shower cap offers full coverage from water when taking a quick shower, hair nets are a different story. Made with mesh like material and leaving hair more exposed than a full shower cap, a net is definitely not the same principle as a cap. While showering with a hair net has certain benefits, there are also some drawbacks you need to know.

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Are You Washing Your Hair The Right Way?

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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to taking care of your curls, you know the main steps for healthy hair. The big three steps (wash, condition, and deep treat) are the building blocks of any good hair plan. Have you ever wondered if you are washing your hair the right way? When it comes to that first crucial step in hair care, there are a few things you should keep in mind abbot the right way to wash your hair.

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The Pros and Cons of Shampoo Bars vs. Liquid Shampoo

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by Mary Wolff

With more and more consumers being watchful of the chemicals and additives in their self-care products, it is no wonder shampoo bars touting natural ingredients have taken the world of beauty by storm. For us curly girls, shampoo bars are a complicated subject. Let’s take a closer look at shampoo bars vs. liquid to see which one fairs better for curlies. When looking at shampoo bars vs. liquid shampoo, a helpful pros and cons list couldn’t hurt!

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Why You Should Avoid Fragrances in Shampoo


by Mary Wolff

We all want healthy, beautiful curls. One of the best ways to make sure hair stays this way is by protecting it from harmful ingredients in the products you use every day. One of the biggest offenders is added fragrances in shampoo. When looking for an easy way to help make hair healthier, avoiding fragrances in shampoos is a pretty quick fix. Still need some convincing? Here are a few reasons you should be avoiding fragrances in shampoos.

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Healthier Natural Hair By Skipping Shampoo? (The Science.)

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Question: Is No Poo a good way to clean hair?

Allie asks…What’s the deal with this “no poo” craze? Does the hair get more healthy because of the natural oils you use? I’ve seen on Pinterest people talking about using baking soda as a cleanser and apple cider vinegar as a conditioner.

To answer Allie’s question we review several alternate ways to wash your hair.

The Ultimate No Poo
This means you don’t clean your hair AT ALL. Not even rinse it with water.

Does it work? Sure. You don’t actually have to shampoo your hair. Of course, it won’t be clean either. It will be less damaged and probably look more shiny. However, it may also look and feel greasy, smell funny, and be difficult to style in any way except laying flat on your head.

Shampoo free poo
This is rinsing your hair with water.

Does it work? It will certainly refresh your hair but it won’t remove heavy styling residue. (And, as we’ll explain, you’re still damaging your hair even without the shampoo.)

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5 Shampoos To Try For Your Natural Hair


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A good clarifying/moisturizing shampoo can do wonders for your natural hair and scalp. For those of us that don’t stick to strictly cowashing, the quest for a holy grail shampoo can sometimes be quite frustrating.

These five shampoos are definitely worth a try if you’re on the hunt for a good cleanser that doesn’t strip your fragile tresses.

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All About the Curly Girl Method

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The Curly Girl Method, otherwise known as CG Method, was developed from Curly Girl: The Handbook, a book written by Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel which helps people embrace their natural hair texture. With that objective in mind, Massey described a new and revolutionary routine to get healthy, well-behaved waves, curls and coils.

To get you started, it's important to understand the basics of the Curly Girl routine. The number one rule is to eliminate use of shampoo, and instead embrace the process of "co-washing" or washing with conditioner. After you've mastered that, everything else will fall into place. Here are basic guidelines to get you started:

Why You Still Need to Shampoo (sometimes)


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Using shampoo is a debatable subject in the natural hair community. When co-washing came onto the scene, hearing that someone still shampoos her hair was a slap in the face to the natural hair Gods.

The fact of the matter is, depending on one’s natural hair care regimen and the products that are used, shampoo may still need to be utilized as opposed to just co-washing. With that being said, how do you actually know when to co-wash vs. when to shampoo? Here are a few tips to guide you:

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Are You Washing Your Natural Hair Wrong?


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

You already know just how beneficial co-washing is to a natural hair. Moisture is the name of the game as well as keeping the harsh chemicals and products away from our hair as much as possible! I don't think any natural would disagree with me on that.

I'm sure by now you also know how bad the effects shampoo can have on natural hair but it's also necessary to properly cleanse the hair and scalp as well. Pretty much a double -edged sword and even with sulfate-free shampoos you still can be stripping too much moisture and natural oils.

Now, when I was relaxed, I washed my hair weekly. Just like now unless I'm a little too lazy and will stretch it to a week and a half or even two weeks before I finally shampoo. I used oils back during my relaxed days but none of them were virgin or pure.

Once it was time to shampoo, I knew I had to shampoo once to get the cleanser in my hair. I would rinse it out and do my 'real' wash with a second application of the shampoo. I would really feel the suds and know the dirt, grime, pollution and gunk leaving my hair. I never gave it a thought since the shampoo bottle clearly says shampoo 'and repeat' on every bottle I've ever purchased.

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Back to Basics: How to Wash Your Natural Hair

If you have a head full of natural hair like myself, wash day can be a bit intimidating if your new to the healthy natural hair scene. A bit of water touches your hair and you're instantly introduced to shrinkage, tangles and knots. Knowing how to wash your natural hair is priceless. I'm going to give you my top tips for getting through wash day with natural hair.

1. Prepoo With Oil

If you need to familiarize yourself with the details of prepooing click here. I try to do a prepoo before every single shampoo, especially my clarifying shampoos since the entire process of washing can be very rough on the hair. Applying a natural oil to the hair from root to tip about 30 minutes before a shampoo can be nourishing and give a protective shield to the hair. I recently found out that coconut oil applied to the hair at least 20 minutes before shampooing can reduce stress known as hygral fatigue on the hair. So prepoo with coconut oil before hand to give your hair a fighting chance.

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DIY: Citrus and Chamomile Soapnut Shampoo


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by Emilia Obiekea of Adorebotanicals.com

Soap nuts are a great cleansing fruit. The fruit pulp creates suds that result in gentle, effective cleansing, body and shine!  This is a great cleansing recipe for those with skin sensitivity and scalp issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Check it out!

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3 Must Haves For Your Natural Hair Shampoo


by Nicole Harmon of Hair Liberty

In my opinion, your shampoo may be the most important product in your arsenal. I say that because a good shampoo keeps your scalp healthy (which means better hair growth) and makes your hair easier to comb. A bad shampoo will lead to drier hair, scalp irritation, and unstoppable frizz. Your shampoo is truly the first step to smooth, manageable hair. You NEED a good shampoo in your life!

The best shampoos contain:
• Sulfate-free cleansers to prevent excessive dryness and scalp irritation
• Cationic ingredients to condition your hair while you cleanse
• pH adjusters to balance the pH of the shampoo and prevent unnecessary cuticle damage to your hair

Do Mild Cleansers Get Your Natural Hair Clean?

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Are baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar really the best for cleansing your natural hair? Find out below!

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Shikakai Powder for Cleaner, Healthier Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins

As more women encompass natural ways to care for themselves and their bodies, gravitating to yesteryear’s methods for high quality beauty maintenance and reducing their carbon footprint is appealing and gaining momentous traction. Nothing wrong with loving the latest and the greatest in beauty and personal care, but if you want to tap into Mother Nature’s garden of natural treasures, you merely have to take a lesson in history. We all want healthy, lustrous hair and our world is bombarded with new man-made products to try, but many women are taking greener pathways to beautification.

For thousands of years people in India have used a holistic approach to healthcare called Ayurveda therapy. Ayurveda means “the knowledge for long life” and this alternative pathway to wellness strives to retain harmony between the mind, body, and spirit while keeping illnesses at bay. According to the University of Minnesota, the durability of this holistic therapy is significant, as 90% of India’s population still uses some form of Ayurveda therapy today.

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Natural Hair Cleansing: Do You Need the Lather?



“Lather, rinse, repeat.” Who has not heard or seen that phrase on shampoo bottles? I know I have, and it has been ingrained into my psyche for years as a necessary component of cleaning my hair and my body. It is the only way to clean your hair, right? A shampoo bottle would not even be a shampoo bottle if those words were not written on them under the directions. For years we have seen commercials, movies, and even TV shows with women washing their hair full of foamy, sudsy lather.

We know shampoos are cleansers formulated with detergents that act like surfactants, which cling to the very elements we want out of our hair. The dirt, sweat, and product buildup are removed with effective shampoos but what is lather? I asked scientific consultant Yolanda Anderson, M.Ed., for a little understanding of lather: “Shampoos are made of the chemical sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) and cocamidopropyl betaine (SLES). SLS is in there for cleansing and the betaine is there for lathering. Betaine is actually what produces the bubbles or what we call lather.”


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DIY Shampoo Bars for Gentle Cleansing



I think it is safe to say that most naturals who have dabbled in DIY recipes for their own tresses feel comfortable working with natural oil blends, conditioners, and even gels. Shampoos or shampoo bars on the other hand may seem a tad taxing from the outset, as the main component of the task is to cleanse, and cleansing means working with surfactants.

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Shampoos for Dry Natural Hair- How to Pick the Right One




Question: How do you choose a mild shampoo for fine hair that's prone to breakage?


Shampoo the Right Way- Natural Hair Tips


by Antoinette of AroundTheWayCurls.com

Do you dread shampooing your hair? Do you detest the state of your hair after you shampoo? Love going to the salon, being primped and preened and laying back with a head full of suds, while some fashionable hairstylist scratches the mess out of your scalp? Welp, you SHOULDN’T! If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this post is for you!

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