Hello naturalistas! I wanted to create an easy “guide” of the basics in haircare but catered to natural hair. This post is focused on shampooing natural hair: the different types and some recommendations.
Learning what products work for you hair and scalp will be trial and error. I like to have a couple different shampoos in my rotation for what I feel my hair needs, but for the basics you should probably have: a clarifying and a moisturizing shampoo would benefit you.
When/why do I need a clarifying shampoo?
Simple. All of the product that you apply to your hair over the course of a week will buildup and the buildup isn’t good for your hair or your scalp. Apply the principle of washing laundry and it all makes sense.
When/why do I need a moisturizing shampoo?
I’ll use a moisturizing shampoo when I know I’ll be doing any kind of heat styling( blow dryer, flat iron or curling wand) to my hair. This helps add in extra moisture to my hair before the conditioner even comes into play. I’m not too fussy over which moisturizing shampoo for natural hair I use but I do have a few favorites linked below.
What about using a medicated shampoo?
So a medicated shampoo would fall under the clarifying category because the main purpose is to solve the issue and get your scalp as clean as possible. Lately, I’ve been using a medicated shampoo for my first wash and a moisturizing shampoo for my second wash and my hair loves it.
Do you have any recommendations?
I sure do! When I had a TWA( Teeny Weeny Afro) my hair loved Giovanini’s Tea Tree Shampoo for clarifying and the Smooth as silk line from the same brand. Both are easy to find and you can get salon sized bottles at Ulta or TJ Maxx inexpensively.
Bonus tip: sometimes it can be hard to get the shampoo to your scalp and really lift dirt or dandruff, so my stylist recommended using a brush like a Tangle Teezer or a Denman brush focused on your roots while shampooing; this has done wonders for my at home haircare in between salon visits.