Going Natural: Letting Go of Shampoo

I'm shocked to see how many Curly Girls still shampoo. I can't explain what I mean better than the author of The Curly Girl - a Handbook, Lorraine Massey (also owner of Devachan and Deva Curl products). If you are a curly girl and you haven't read this book, you should. Here's her take on shampoo.

But most people don’t think twice about applying shampoo to the priceless fiber that’s sitting on top of their head. The problem is that shampoos have a dirty little secret: They contain harsh detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate, which are foaming agents found in dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent. Sure, they’re good for pots and pans because they cut grease so effectively. Your hair, on the other hand, needs to retain its natural oils to protect it and your scalp. Stripping them away deprives the hair of necessary moisture, amino acids, and antibodies, and makes it look dry, dull, and lifeless.Shampoo isn’t good for any hair, but for curly girls it’s a disaster. That’s because curly hair is so porous that it absorbs detergent like a sponge. Put it in your hair and it doesn’t rinse out. The truth is that lathers don’t really cleanse at all. Manufacturers put lathering agents into products so you’ll buy into the joy-of-suds myth. I’m not saying leave your hair dirty. You still must cleanse the hair and scalp, but as you read on, you’ll see that I recommend doing so with a sulfate-free cleanser or a botanical conditioner (derived from real plant extracts). You need to give up your lather habit and shampoo dependency.
— Lorraine Massey, The Curly Girl Handbook

So that's just a few thoughts on Shampoo from the Original Curly Girl, Lorraine Macey. I personal use DevaCurl No-Poo on my hair and all of my Curly Clients no matter the texture and no matter the level of buildup from products that's on the hair and scalp. No-Poo does the job without tangling and drying the hair out.

Be sure to go to my Instagram page for details on getting a free Sample of No-Poo (@curl_connoisseur)!