So I was talking to one of my sorority sisters this weekend and we started talking about what kind of shampoos to use. She was telling me about having a hard time finding a good natural shampoo for African American hair, so I did a little reading and here is what I have found.
Black hair has a very unique texture; even though it is dry and curly it varies from other ethnicities. For example dry curly hair on a Caucasian is totally different then dry curly hair on an African American. It is very hard to find a shampoo that helps the situation. Most shampoo’s that help dry curly hair are catered to Caucasian hair, and most products for black hair are just cheap copies of name brand shampoos that don’t work. It’s hard to find a shampoo that helps make black hair healthy. So I created a few rules to help narrow down what kind of shampoo you need for your specific hair type.
The 4 Golden Rules for Black Hair Shampoos:
1). Find out what kind of hair do you have? If you have dry hair look for a moisturizing shampoo created just for black hair. Try to find a shampoo that is naturally based so that is does not have harsh chemicals that can damage the hair or scalp. If your hair grows really slow you can use a shampoo that helps black hair grow faster or use black hair vitamins.
2). Be smart and research. Natural is the best so, make sure you find a shampoo that has no sulfates, silicones, or glycols, all these ingredient do in the long run is strip the scalp of its natural oils and dries out hair.
3). Look for, shampoo’s that have Aloe Vera (for moisturizing) and Jojoba Oil (which is a natural moisturizer). Look for shampoos with essential or natural oils or botanicals that add shine and bounce, also look for a treatment that will detangle and condition.
4). Wash at least one time per week. If you have a quality product that should be plenty, follow that up with a jojoba oil treatment to add moisture or hair vitamins to help you hair grow faster and you should be good to go.
If you follow these 4 golden rules you should have your hair under control in no time at all.
I want to thank Alexia for spending the time with me to explain the problem associated with African American hair. I would also like to recommend the black hair shampoo she uses, it works really well for black hair.