My 5 favourite Shampoos

Hola Queens,

Since being Natural, I have tried many different shampoos, some that I loved straight away, other I hated straight away & a few that I loved initially and then was a nightmare for my hair. I think all of us naturalistas have had shampoos that stayed in the bathroom for the longest time and we only used when we ran out of the good shampoos.

A year ago you’d ask me if the brand or type of shampoo matters & I’d tell you it does not! You could use the cheapest shampoo as long as you follow it up with a good conditioner and/or deep conditioner and you are good to go, your hair is going to replenish all the nutrients and nourish the hair. Ohh How I was wrong ..

To be honest with you, there was not 1 type of shampoo I had tried that my hair “loved”, everything just did the job of cleaning my hair & would make hair tangled, rough and extremely dry. There were shampoos I hated and I would not use again but as far as my go-to shampoo? It was none existent. How many of my Queens can agree with me?

As far as I was concerned all these shampoo that claimed to moisturise and hydrate and make it easier to detangle were all lies. This is why I turned to Pre-poo, it was the only thing that helped my hair still be alive after shampooing.

These shampoos have changed my outlook on shampoos and changed my wash day routine and made it much easier. Here are my favourite shampoos which all of them are Sulfate free & are not in any particular order:

1. Shea Moisture – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Hands down my favourite shampoo. It cates to dry, damaged hair. It is a thicker shampoo which replenishes and rejuvenates from root to tip. Detangling will not be an issue with this shampoo. This is my go-to shampoo if I do not want to Pre-poo. It is the only shampoo that will not tuck, pull on my knots.

This shampoo can be a little more pricier than other shampoos mentioned but if you find it on any promotion, don’t think about it. Grab it and watch your hair thank you.

  • I recommend this for colder months or if your hair is in desperate need of moisture and life. You can purchase it here

2. Creme of Nature Clay & Charcoal

It was not until last year when I tried the Creme of Nature Charcoal Shampoo, that i had realised the are shampoos that cleanse but also make hair much more manageable & soft. This shampoo was a big changer for my hair. It did everything it said it would do .

It gently cleanses the hair and control frizz. This is the Bomb specially for the price. If you are on a budget, just get this shampoo. – You can purchase on amazon here

3. Shea Moisture – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil reduces scalp irritation by fighting inflammation with its fatty acid properties. Promotes overall healthy hair by thickening the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

Peppermint oil increases circulation on the scalp which promotes hair growth. & Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and helps regulate and balance the scalps pH levels.

I can’t tell you how much my hair loves this product. I keep this one in my room to ensure nobody else is finishing it up hehehe. – I mean who wouldn’t? – You can purchase it here

4. Imbue – Curl Liberating Sulphate Free Shampoo

I love this shampoo. It says it will unleash coils from the daily grime without leaving them parched and it did just that. My hair was manageable after using this shampoo and it was moisturised. The shampoo has Coconut Oil which promotes healthy scalp & minimises split ends which helps length retention. It also includes Cupuaçu Butter which is extremely moisturising which improves hair elasticity.

” It’s not about controlling kinks, curls and coils; it’s about liberating them” – and boy my hair was definitely liberated, my kinks loves this vegan + cruelty free. You can purchase it here

5. Creme of Nature Aloe Vera & Black Castor Oil Shampoo

You know I love Aloe Vera and I swear by it. My hair changed when I started incorporating regular use of Aloe Vera. Hence why I had to try this collection. I love this shampoo, a little goes a long way and for someone like me that shampoos twice, it’s very cost effective.

This shampoo promises to cleanse, detangle and restore moisture. Aloe Vera retains moisture and make it easier to detangle and the Black Castor Oil has strengthening properties which will fortify the hair and promote growth and length retention.

Bottom Line

It is important to change your hair routine every 2-3 months, change up the products so they still work and your hair is not used to it. I alternate between these shampoos depending on what my hair needs.

If you are using a shampoo that makes your hair rough, extremely tangled and hard to manage then your search for the perfect shampoo still stands.

Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment down below and let me know:

What is your favourite shampoo?

Have you tried any of these shampoos?

Adios Queens<3 & I hope you hair an amazing start of the week.

Cleansing your hair

Hola Queens,

In the next few post we will be exploring the topic of cleansing your hair, I will be addressing some of your concerns when it comes to properly cleansing your hair.

Why should you cleanse your hair?

On my last post I’ve mention that our skin produces sebum & depending on a few of the factors your scalp can be dry, oily, normal or combination.

The more time you spend without washing your hair, the more sebum will have accumulated on your scalp and start spreading to your hair. That combined with the product build-up such as creams, oils, edge control, gels + going outside your hair will be dirty, greasy & smelling bad (Thanks to these fruit smelling conditioners my hair never smells bad, it would just have an off smell). You will need to cleanse your hair!

When you have not washed your hair for so long, in order for the products to efficiently work you’d need to have a clean hair to allow the product to work at his best.

Also, your hair needs water & most people only put water on their hair when they are washing their hair. Water is important for the scalp, for everything really.

How can you cleanse your hair efficiently?

Shampoo

The most accessible and common way to wash your hair. Shampoos clean by stripping all dirt, oils, build up from hair even natural oils. There are different types of shampoo to tackle different scalp/hair needs:

  • Dandruff control
  • Strengthening
  • Clarifying
  • Moisturising
  • Oil Control
  • Coloured Hair
  • Ph Balanced

Co-Wash

Term used very often in the natural hair community, it means that you are a using a conditioner to cleanse your hair. Conditioners nourishes & moisturises the hair. It’s a less harsh than a conditioner & I would opt for this if you wash your hair several times a week.

Clarifying Rinse

Using Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify your hair. Your scalp will feel squeaky clean and fresh. Any type of clarifying method should be use sparingly, I recommend every 4-6 weeks.

Clay Wash

Using clay to cleanse your hair. I will make a separate post about this & my experience with it.

How often should you wash your hair?

You can cleanse whenever you want, only you know how your hair is and feels and know what feels best for your hair. The texture of your hair + scalp type will tell you how often you will prefer to wash your hair. I do not recommend washing your hair everyday as your scalp natural oils are good for your hair & depending on your method of cleansing it can be too strong and strip the natural oil and cause breakage.

For years I have been saying that washing my hair is an event & I cannot remember if I ever washed my hair more than once a week – it’s very time & water consuming. But also it works for my hair, my dry scalp needs the natural oils & sebum + I have high porosity which my hair absorbs the products.

Thank your for reading this post, if you have any questions comment down below

Adios Queen ❤

Scalp Types

Scalp Types

Hola Queens, how is the week going for y’all ? My week has been interesting to say the least, the July Self Care challenge has really been a challenge for me. Who knew meditating would be so difficult? Anyways, I hope the challenge is going better for you than hows been for me.

As I am doing my beginner series, my next topic is cleansing your hair aka shampoos. I realise you cannot use any shampoo without understanding your scalp type. It is not spoken of enough, but knowing your scalp type is as beneficial as knowing your porosity type.

Growing up I would always hear that “the condition of your hair is a reflection of the state of your scalp” & I overlooked this for several years. I would use shampoos that would make my scalp dry & my solution was to replenish my hair with plenty oils. My scalp would be flaky & have scabs from years of burn scalp due to relaxers and I never took the time to repair my scalp – I only focused on ensuring my hair was healthy. This explains why my scalp was always dry, my hair would be brittle which lead to excessive dandruff. Taking proper care of your scalp is a MUST !

Let’s get to it.

Sebum production is natural and very important as it adds strength, moisture and lustre to the tresses. Your scalp type could change overtime and the factors to that could be:

  • Genetics
  • Diet – Health & Lifestyle, Water Consumption
  • Health Problem
  • Blood Circulation
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Change
  • Alcohol & Drug use

What are the different Scalp Types ?

  • Dry

Keywords: dehydrated, frizzy, dull hair , flakes & scabs on the scalp, itchy

Dry scalp comes from a lack of natural moisture, sebum is not producing as regular due to chemicals, damage to the scalp or even excess exposure to pollution. Replenishing your scalp hydration is imperative as the lack of it can cause skin to dry out and create flakes. My scalp is dry & that is why it loves grease so much.

  • Normal

Keywords : manageable, shiny, supple, balacend ph levels,

Normal scalp is the healthiest & it is quite easy to manage the hair, it is not overly dry or oily and can style easily with least amount of products. Normal scalp types can get a little dryer than usual in the winter & a little oilier than usual in the summer, but nothing too crazy

  • Oily –

Key words : greasy, limp, lank, pimples on forehead, oiled scalp

Oily hair usually means that the sebaceous glands are overactive & product excess sebum which leads to excess oil just sitting on top of your scalp, dirty hair quicker & pimples on your forehead.

  • Combination – dry ends & oily roots

Keywords : dry ends, oily roots, split ends,

Combination scalp type can be one of the hardest to deal with. There is over produced oil on the scalp that gets blocked at the root leaving ends dry which leads to split ends and easy breakage. Your hair can be oily on some days, and dry on other days and it could have a combination of oily but rough – How is that possible?

You can find out what your scalp type is by the way your scalp behaves on day 2/3 after wash day. Pay close attention as it will tell you if your scalp over produces sebum or it does not produce enough.

See you on my next post where we will be looking at the importance of knowing or being aware of your scalp type. Hope you guys like this post.

Question : Do you know your scalp type? & do you buy products to cater to your scalp?

Adios Queens ❤