My Shampoo Dilemma

I’ve been having trouble looking for a good shampoo for my hair.  My hair is very curly, and therefore dry so shampooing isn’t something I usually do to my hair on a regular basis.  When I do, though, I want it to be good for my hair just like when I condition it.

The problem with most shampoos, drugstore or salon quality, they all have sulfates and sodium in them.  Sulfates, while they do a good job at cleansing the hair and scalp, they are also very drying and stripping on the hair.

If you have oily hair, you probably hate how your hair gets after a day or two of not washing, so you shampoo and voila it’s back to being clean.  The sulfates in the shampoo take away that oil build-up in your hair.  For those with curly hair, shampooing can take away any residue build-up (like silicones), but it makes their hair very dry and in the end, frizzy.

For the past six months or so I’ve simply been using baby shampoo.  It still has sulfate in it, but the formula is very mild since it’s made for a baby’s skin.  I use this about two times a week and I don’t really see a problem with my hair after using it.  This morning, and maybe twice a month, I use Neutrogena The Anti-Residue Shampoo to clarify and really clean my hair out.  I find that it really works,  but it leaves my hair super dry.

neutrogena shampoo

In a past couple of posts about my hair, I’ve mentioned DevaCurl which is made specifically for people with curly.  My problem with that, and other products geared towards curly hair, is the price.  Many normal sized products from that line range from $18 to $25; that’s outrageous.  However, it’s starting to look like I’m going to have to bite the bullet and buy their No Poo cleanser.  I can’t believe I’m thinking of buying this because I won’t even buy their conditioner.  I figure though that if I only use the No Poo once or twice a week, I won’t go through the bottle very quickly unlike conditioner, which I use everyday.

Other shampoos I had looked at because they were suppose to be sulfate free.  I read a lot of reviews on Makeup Alley and Amazon and came to conclusions on the following products because of them.  I also check the brands’ websites for ingredients and claims.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo
pure renewal
My problem with this shampoo is that it has dimethicone in it.  I use dimethicone in some of my styling products and I need a shampoo to remove it, not add to the problem.  So Sulfate Free, yes, but kind of counteractive in my opinion.

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo and Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampooo
I read a lot of reviews that the Organix shampoos are almost as drying as a clarifying shampoo.  I had high hopes for this brand because of the many options to chose from, but they still has forms of a sulfates in their ingredients listing.  Also the Acai shampoo has dimethicone in it.

Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo and Wash Tear Free
burts bees
This is honestly still in the playing cards with me.  I might go searching for it in stores.  A lot of reviews say the scent is quite strong, same problem with DevaCurl.  The scent is likely a “natural” scent from the ingredients that most people aren’t used to smelling in beauty products.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on a shampoo I should try!  My goal is to find one in the next week or so.

Another Hair Care Update

I hate to say this, but I’m rethinking my previous post about my hair care update.  A week ago, my job had employee appreciation and I went a bit crazy.  I think I will make a post about what I bought and what I am liking so far from it.

I was going to buy the Deva Curl conditioner, however for the price and the amount you get I just could not go through with it.  A 12 ounce bottle costs $18.95, and seeing that I condition my hair everyday, I would go through that bottle in about a month.  No thanks.  I was about take the plunge then I walked by the Tresemme hair products.  The Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth conditioner caught my eye.  It was $5.99 for a 25 ounce bottle, and is free of silicones, parabens, and sulfates.  I grabbed it and decided that with my discount, it was worth a try. I love it.

I wish the corresponding shampoo did not have sulfates, but unfortunately it does so I won’t be picking it up anytime soon.  The only bummer part about this conditioner is that it does not seem to readily available.  I’ll narrow it down for you since I don’t want to say where I work, but it is not at Target, CVS, Walgreens, or Family Dollar.  I haven’t check any grocery stores around me, but that’s my next try.  If you really want to try it you can buy it on Amazon.  The cheapest option there is to buy a two-pack for $9.98.  It would be well worth it, in my opinion.  Once again, my hair is long, very curly, very frizzy, and medium to coarse texture.

Next I bought a the Kenra Curl Defining Creme. I must admit that I love this.  However, $16 for a 3.4 ounce bottle is not exactly worth it.  It would be if it did not contain parabens, silicones and alcohol.  The scent of it is a little too sweet for me.  I’m going to keep it because it works wonders on my hair, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it.  I am going to save it for special occasions.  I did go out and buy my old favorite John Frieda Frizz-Ease Clearly Defined Styling Gel.  This does not have parabens, sulfates or alcohol, however it does contain silicones.  I’m going to try it again tomorrow because the L’Oreal EverStyle is not working in my hair.

A long time favorite hair spray for me is the Garnier Frutis Style Anti-Humidity Hair Spray. I started spraying this on my damp hair per my stylists suggestion and it locks out any moisture in the hair to keep my hair from frizzing.  It’s also flexible control so it doesn’t make my hair crispy.  Finally, there’s very few ingredients in it so it doesn’t seem to be bad for my hair.

I also started using my John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner on the ends of my hair.  I talked to a hair stylists who was mixed like me and she said that silicones aren’t always bad for you hair.  My hair can handle it and silicones work my frizz factor, so I don’t feel so bad about using them again.  Moral of the story, as long as your hair is healthy and growing, use whatever products you feel work for you.  I don’t see the point in spending a lot of money on products I rinse out of my hair everyday.  I also don’t see the point in buying products at salon price when they still have “harmful” ingredients that drugstore brands do.