I don’t use products that contain sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (sulfates). Most shampoos contain these ingredients, which are also found in laundry detergent & dish soap. Way too harsh for hair (IMO).
I also don’t use any products that contain Mineral Oil (liquid petroleum jelly) as it coats the hair and attracts dust and dirt. It also makes it more difficult for air and moisture to penetrate the hair and requires harsh detergents (sulfates) to wash it out (thus stripping the hair).
I also stay away from silicones (I will use water-soluble ones occasionally) as they will smooth the hair and make it feel soft and silky at first, but then over time, feel more dry and coarse.
BEST SHAMPOO –
I’m not a fan of shampoo, so I only use it maybe once every other week or so & in between, I wash my hair with conditioner. But when I do use shampoo, it’s always Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo. It has no sulfates to strip the hair and leaves it clean & moisturized
BEST MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose or Rosa Mosqueta Conditioner (Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe) or Bioinfusion Hydrating Conditioning Balm (Walgreen’s) are great for a deep conditioner for use on dry hair. I applt either one BEFORE washing my hair and let it sit with a plastic cap (heat is great too for extra conditioning) for about 30 minutes, then wash & condition as usual.
BEST LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Tresemme Naturals Nurishing Moisture Conditioner (supermarkets & drugstores)– a little goes a long way and leaves my curls soft, shiny & defined without any feeling of crunch or build-up.
Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream (online only) – don’t add more product, just a little bit of water to redefine the curls.
All natural ingredients and only takes a little bit to define my curls AND reactivates with water so the next day, I don’t add more product, just a little bit of water to redefine the curls.
Whichever conditioner I am usubg works as a detangler for me
BEST COMBS, BRUSHES, NIGHTCAPS, PILLOWCASES
Wide-tooth combs, Denman (or Denman type) brushes with padded base & smooth plast bristles WITHOUT ball on the end.
Satin or silk pilowcase
BEST TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR DETANGLING, COMBING, CURL DEFINING, ETC.
- Only detangle hair when soaking wet & filled with conditioner & use wide-tooth comb or Denman brush
- Section hair before combing to make it easier to handle
- Do not towel-dry hair; comb & apply products on soaking wet hair to help keep it slippery
- Use as little heat as possible; let it air dry if possible and wear styles that ase just “wash & go” or bantu knots, twists, braids, etc. that don’t require heat