By Chinwe of Hair and Health
When it comes to shampoos, it can be tough searching for one that is both cleansing and non‐stripping. Many naturals successfully turn to “sulfate‐free” shampoos but some find such options to be just as drying or not as cleansing as sulfate ones. Still others experiment with co‐washing but dislike the eventual buildup or try shampoo bars but are just not fans. If you are one of these naturals, the search for a moisturizing, cleansing shampoo – especially for those with parched hair – has just been made easier. Here are four recommended options for you:
WHAT’S IN IT: Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo combines a few cleansing agents — sodium myreth sulfate (gentler than SLS and SLES), olefin sulfonate, and cocamidopropyl betaine (gentler than sulfates) – into a very effective cleansing formula that is not harsh. It also contains conditioning aids, such as polyquaternium‐10 (cationic) and panthenol (lubricant), as well as several extracts (including peach, anise, and irish moss) among other ingredients.
WHY ELUCENCE: This is one moisturizing shampoo that many ladies (even those with dry, chemically treated hair) love. The combination of ingredients makes for an effective cleansing shampoo that is mild (but also has a good lather for those who desire one). The product is not drying, leaving the hair feeling moisturized and non‐stripped. You can get your hands on this shampoo for a relatively inexpensive cost.
WHERE TO FIND: Amazon.com/. Other online stores. Local distributors or salons.
WHAT’S IN IT: Among its top ingredients, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo contains a combination of gentle cleansing and conditioning components, including water (solvent), trideceth‐7 carboxylic acid (cleansing), decyl glucoside (cleansing agent), glycol stearate (emulsifying, conditioning), polyquaternium‐10 (conditioning), and argania spinosa kernel oil (argan oil, conditioning).
WHY CREME OF NATURE: A number of naturals rave about this product for cleansing the hair while leaving it extra moisturized, soft, and manageable. It also has a good amount of slip (similar to a conditioner) and is really inexpensive.
WHERE TO FIND: Amazon.com. Local drug stores or beauty supply stores.
WHAT’S IN IT: The Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner contains water (solvent); the conditioning combination of cetyl alcohol (fatty alcohol), cetearyl alcohol (fatty alcohol), and behentrimonium methosulfate (detangling); cetrimonium chloride (detangling, antiseptic); and cocamidopropyl betaine (mild cleansing agent).
WHY CURL JUNKIE: Though this product is a conditioner (not a shampoo), it is formulated to be cleansing as well, hence the term “cleansing conditioner”. This Curl Junkie option is gentle enough for daily use, if necessary. It is also ideal for co‐washers who want a bit more cleansing.
4. Homemade Quick Fix: Shampoo Mixed with A Moisturizing Conditioner
WHAT’S IN IT: This homemade quick fix to transform a harsh, stripping shampoo into a gentle, moisturizing one consists of 50% shampoo and 50% of your favorite conditioner. Another alternative is to perform a pre‐shampoo treatment (i.e., pre‐poo) to reduce the drying effects of your shampoo.
WHY HOMEMADE: This option is probably the cheapest (and most convenient if you cannot obtain the previous shampoo recommendations). It allows you to ”fix” seemingly unusable shampoos from your product junkie days.
What are your favorite moisturizing shampoos for dry hair?