Congratulations on your decision to keep your hair naturally curly. Transitioning from a relaxed hair treatment to natural hair can be frustrating, especially if it seems as if your hair has a mind of its own. The seemingly most uncomplicated hair products, like shampoo, can help keep your locks in check, under control and healthy.
Shampoo for Fine Hair
It’s common for curly hair to be fine hair. Even with fine hair, your locks might look thick because of the volume the waves and curls create when your hair isn’t relaxed. The best shampoo for fine locks is one that helps reinforce and strengthen hair. If your tresses are recovering from a chemical treatment, keep your eyes peeled for a moisturizing shampoo. According to the Naturally Curly website, you should lather, rinse and repeat on a regular basis to help prevent the buildup of sebum and hair products. While it isn’t necessary to wash your hair every day, you should wash it at least a few times a week.
Shampoo for Medium Hair
If your hair is in the middle of the road regarding thickness, thank your lucky stars … because your locks respond well to almost any shampoo. The best shampoo for your tresses is one that helps keeps your mane healthy, hydrated, shiny and soft. According to Folica, a website that makes hair care product recommendations, your locks will benefit from shampoo that has essential vitamins and wheat protein. To keep your hair feeling fresh, use a clarifying shampoo a couple of times per week.
Shampoo for Coarse or Kinky Hair
Gorgeous kinky locks are always thirsty, and they benefit the most from a gentle shampoo that won’t strip them of their natural oils. Look for moisturizing shampoos that contain shea butter, glycerin or panthenol. Also, limit your hair washing to every other day, but condition your hair in the shower daily. Alternatively, if you want to avoid getting your locks wet, wear a shower cap as you bathe on the no-shampoo days. Then freshen your tresses with a dry shampoo product.
Shampoo for Thick Hair
Thick hair easily gets frizzy and big without any provocation. Use a moisturizing shampoo with ingredients that help keep your hair smooth, like macadamia nut oil, avocado, and soy protein. Since hair products can weight locks down near the roots but cause the ends to pouf, use a gentle shampoo daily.
While shampoo that’s formulated for your hair type is best, baby shampoo is the good short-term product for all unrelaxed hair types. Baby shampoo is gentle and won’t strip your locks of their natural oils. However, it may not give you the full cleansing power you may need if your hair and scalp tend to be oily.
On a pH scale of 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic, your hair is between 4.5 and 5.5. Water is a seven on the pH scale. Harsh chemicals like bleach and peroxide are high on the pH scale. Items that are high on the scale are more alkaline than acidic, which is why they dry out your locks. According to Naturally Curly, the best shampoos for unrelaxed hair are those that are more acidic (or lower on the pH scale) than water. Some shampoos indicate the pH level on the bottle. If you’re curious about the pH level of shampoo, conduct a litmus test at home with pH strips.