Don’t be fooled! You don’t have to sacrifice soft, hydrated kinks and coils, for cleanliness.
Many naturals and curly girls hate clarifying because it causes so much drama.
You wreck your hair and strip it of natural oils, softness, and hydration for the sake of a clean slate. Even after intense deep conditioning, your hair doesn’t start “acting right” for another two weeks, and by that time, you’re able to get another good week and a half out of your hair before it’s time to clarify all over again.
Break the cycle
These shampoos offer you the chance to deeply clean with out stripping, and to clarify without causing drama. Get clean, healthy, shiny, soft, and moisturized hair with these cleaning powerhouses that don’t contain harsh sulfates like SLS:
Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo, $18
Ever since Ouidad relased this gem, I’ve been in love. This rich, creamy, clarifying shampoo is everything you need it to be, and nothing you don’t. It is free of SLS and other harsh sulfates, and is nothing short of a miracle worker. It offers clarified, clean hair that doesn’t feel stripped or dried out. Plus, you can detangle with it! Yes, this shampoo has slip! (Insert praise emoji here). It is gentle enough to use weekly, but the fragrance alone will have you sniffing the bottle daily (don’t judge me). Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo is also silicone-free, and curly girl friendly! For my full review, click here!
TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo, $15
One of my hands down, all-time favorite shampoos. TGIN has made it their business to completely turn around what we think about shampoo. Before TGIN’s shampoo waltzed into my life, I had no idea that shampoos could be so moisturizing, so softening, and so slippy! Needless to say, this sulfate-free gem has set the standard for how I rate and rank shampoos. To learn more about how this shampoo makes me sing in the shower, click here. This shampoo does contain cones, so it may not be ideal for ladies who are strictly adherent to the Curly Girl Method.
AfroVeda Carrot Seed Clarifying Shampoo Bar, $7.25
AfroVeda’s Carrot Seed Clarifying Shampoo Bar was one of the first shampoo bars I feel in love with back when I went on my poo bar kick. It always holds a special place in my heart, and is to date, one of the best performing bars I have used. It is ultra moisturizing, has tons of slip (yes, enough to detangle with), lathers well, and gets the hair and scalp clean while de-frizzing and moisturizing. Because it’s a bar, it has the added advantage of being travel-friendly. Pack it for an out-of-town trip, or use it for those post-gym showers when you’re short on time and (gasp) may not have the capacity to condition. Yes, it’s that moisturizing, and curly-girl friendly too.
Kurlee Belle Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo, $16
This thick, luscious shampoo not only lathers like a dream, but keeps its promises. Thanks to sweet almond oil, shea butter, and apple cider vinegar, the Kurlee Belle shampoo delivers a cleaning power full of moisture, while making sure those hair cuticles are kept in check. Paired with my forever favorite Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment, Kurlee Belle has a winning duo on their hands. This shampoo does contain cones, so it may not be ideal for ladies who follow the Curly Girl Method to the letter.
Koils By Nature Refreshing Anti-Dandruff Tea Tree Mint Cleanser, $8
What intrigued me the most about this Koils By Nature cleanser is that it contains absolutely nothing remotely close to a sulfate. This amazingly refreshing foaming cleanser is powered by castille soap, a powerful vegetable-based cleanser that will clarify your hair and scalp without stripping it of precious moisture. It also contains aloe vera, olive oil, and grapeseed oil to help ensure that hair remains moisturized as it is cleaned. The scent is invigorating and tingles while cooling the scalp — and the tea tree/peppermint duo is perfect for ladies looking to cleanse that also want to rid themselves of flaky scalp.