Bring Lifeless Frizzy Natural Curls Back To Its Luster In Two Simple Steps

Hello My Curlies:

It’s been a good bit since I’ve written anything for you so today I thought I’d do a post about a new revelation I’ve discovered during my natural hair journey and my quest for the perfect head of healthy curly hair! I’ve written an article in the past about the Curly Girl Method which is basically where you only use non-sulfate paraben-free products and you pre-poo (that is conditioner wash) your hair rather than shampoo. I like this method and my hair has responded well but old habits are hard to break and going without shampooing my hair has been very hard for me to get use to. Plus I’ve noticed that my curls are not as “poppin” as they have been in the past. The culprit: Product Buildup!! So After some research I found a great technique that I think I’ll give a try:

The Double Shampoo Method

If you’re like me, then you use a lot of styling products on your curls almost daily. This buildup of product on top of product can leave your curls looking limp and lifeless. The only way to remove the buildup is to clarify your hair by using a clarifying shampoo. If you notice that your hair is no longer responding to your favorite products, it’s time to clean your scalp and hair with a clarifying shampoo. It will improve the health of your hair, plus restore the effectiveness of your regular shampoo and conditioner.

Why should we clarify our hair?

You can look at it as starting fresh. It gives us a fresh start to style our curls without old product buildup. However, our curls can feel dry after clarifying. This is due to the low pH found in most clarifying shampoos.

understanding-the-ph-scaleYou may remember learning about pH in science class. The literal meaning of pH is potential of Hydrogen. This means that there is a certain amount of hydrogen that occurs in a solution. This unit of measurement can tell whether or not certain types of solutions, such as shampoos and soaps, are acidic or alkaline.  When measuring pH a scale of 1 through 14 is used. 7 is a neutral pH or a basic pH. This means that the solution is most like water. 1 to 6 on the scale means that the solution is acidic, like vinegar while numbers 8 through 14 mean that the pH of the solution is alkaline, like bleach or ammonia.

pH Levels and Healthy Hair

Your hair consists of tiny shafts which are made up of scales, called cuticles. Water and alkaline-based hair products cause these scales to open, exposing the interior of your hair shafts. Ideally, you want to close this cuticle to protect it from harmful elements. To do this you’d want to choose a slightly acidic shampoo to close the cuticle and help the hair shaft retain moisture. The best pH level for shampoo is between 5 and 7.

Why following up with a moisturizing shampoo is so important

Clarifying shampoos remove dirt oil and buildup from the hair but since they can be very drying you need to follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo in order to return moisture to your hair. Using both a clarifying and moisturizing shampoo can help cleanse your scalp and keep your curls hydrated and shiny. You can shampoo your hair once or twice depending on your preference, follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo, and proceed with your usual conditioning or deep conditioning session. Using the moisturizing shampoo afterwards can also make detangling easier since your curls have received some moisture at that point.

My top picks of clarifying shampoos:

Kinky Curly Come Clean  db_file_img_4009_200x200SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen Shampoo  db_file_img_4237_200x200Quidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Shampoo

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My Top Picks of Moisturizing Shampoos:

As I Am Cleansing Pudding  db_file_img_4223_200x200Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo db_file_img_2267_200x200SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo db_file_img_4072_200x200

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The Method Every Naturally Curly Head Should Be Using

Hello My Curlies;

It’s been awhile since I did a post for my Curlies and I apologize if any of you may feel slighted. I’m a natural head forever and we are on this quest together for the perfect curl, the best product, and the healthiest hair that we can obtain, so I will ALWAYS do posts about natural hair.

Today’s topic up for discussion is a very popular technique used by many natural hair divas: THE CURLY GIRL METHOD also known as  (the no-poo). The Curly Girl Method was developed by Lorraine Massey  and she shared it with the world in her book, Curly Girl: The Handbook. Purchase the book here.  In the book she acknowledges our problems like frizz and dryness and she provides a lot of helpful advice about how to care for our hair.

The Basic Premise 

1. Curly hair, because of its construction, is drier and more prone to breakage or frizz than any other hair type.

2. SULFATES Are Bad For Our Hair: Typical shampoo contains harsh chemicals. Sulfates strip hair of its natural oils and moisture.

3. SILICONES: As most shampoos contain sulfates, most conditioners, and various other styling products (ex. serums, gels), contain silicones. They are used to make your hair shiny-looking. The only way to remove (most) silicones is with sulfates. Since with the curly girl method you won’t use any sulfates, it is important to avoid heavy silicones. If you continue to use silicones, they will build up on your hair.

So you ask…well how am I suppose to wash my hair then?

5. CO-WASHING/NO-POO: Although you can buy sulfate-free shampoos, they still tend to be too harsh to use on your curls every day. So, you can wash your hair with conditioner. Hence the name “co-washing.”

What are the benefits with using this method? My personal experience

Pros

1. Moisture and length retention. The change in the texture of my hair was immediate. I experienced less dryness which meant less breakage and that meant length retention.
2. My curls looked better and healthier. I had better curl definition with curl clumps. It was noticeable right away and it became a big push to keep it going.

I will say that once a month I do use a clarifying shampoo even if it’s just apple cider vinegar because I just feel that this will ensure my scalp is free from deposits and buildup left from the constant use of conditioners.

Do you use the curly girl method?

XOXO

Lolo