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Many naturals may complain about how dry and dull their hair is. The one thing you need to know about natural hair is that the kinkier (tightly coiled) it is, the drier it will be in many cases.
When your hair has more kinks, it’s harder for your scalp’s natural oils to travel down your strands. However, with proper TLC you can still bring out your strand’s natural sheen and revitalize your tresses.

Buy Water-Based Moisturizers
Unless the first or second ingredient is water, it’s not a true moisturizer. Don’t be fooled by products that claim to moisturize your hair, but don’t even have water (or it’s listed as one of the last ingredients.)

Here are some good moisturizers for natural hair:

1) Jane Carter Nourish and Shine (Even though this is mostly oils and butters, it moisturizes well when applied to damp hair):
• Helps reduce dryness on the scalp and skin
• All natural nourish and shine
• Made from all natural ingredients

2) Shea Moisture Products:
• Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects while reducing frizz
• Silk protein: Smooths hair for a soft, silky feel
• Neem oil: Controls frizz while adding brilliant shine
• For thick, curly hair

3) Jamaican Black Castor Oil:
• Promotes Hair Growth
• Promotes Health Hair
• Great Moisturizer

4) Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream:
• Nourishingly rich blend of old world oils, organic herbs and natural humectants leaves coarse, dry and brittle hair extra soft, healthy and supple
• Contains Amla, Brahmi and African Aloe, premium Afro-Indian botanicals used for thousands of years to nourish the scalp and strengthen and condition hair. MSM sulfur nurtures follicles and encourages healthy hair growth, Mediterranean Olive Oil delivers emollience and lubricity while Vegetable Glycerin and pure African Castor Oil lends sheen, softness and intense moisture.
• Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes or parabens.
• 100% Vegetarian

5) Oyin Hair Dew:
• This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. It’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.


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While Co-washing is a great method of cleansing your hair and locking the moisture in, once your hair starts to feel weighed down, greasy, or not being its’ usual self, then maybe it is time to clarify! All kinds of things are building up in your hair whether it is: gel, hard water, chlorine and chemicals from swimming pools; even the waxes and moisturizers in some shampoos and conditioners can leave build up on your hair over time. This build up can cause hair to appear dull, heavy, greasy, and even limp. And that is what we don’t want ladies! A clarifying shampoo can help remove those deposits, give your hair a fresh start, and restore shine.

Here are 10 Clarifying shampoos for natural hair:
1. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle
little goes along way with this product. It does not strip hair as much as other clarifying shampoos and works well on thick hair. It also leaves a tingling sensation on your scalp and the smell of peppermint. This is ideal for buildup on the scalp. This shampoo is also sulfate free.

2. Aubrey Organics Green Tea
fast-acting clarifying shampoo deep-cleanses with just one application and rinses clean to leave hair shiny, bouncy and full. Herbal extracts deliver beneficial nutrients quickly and reduce drying time for fast and easy styling.

3. Shea Moisture
Smooths and repairs strands, leaving hair manageably soft. For dry, damaged hair. Heal, grow and strengthen. No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients or sulfates.

4. Suave Naturals Shampoo, Daily Clarifying
This product is very affordable and does and excellent job at cleansing hair. It is better suited for very oily hair types and may strip dryer hair types. It doesn’t weigh hair down. It can be used daily but not for most hair types.

5. Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
This product cleanses hair and helps maintain the shape of curls very well. It works best if you wash your hair in hard water. Otherwise I would not recommend it unless you are experiencing extreme buildup.

6. Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
Pineapple extract nourishes as grapefruit extract adds sheen while removing buildup and you’ll get a no-lather, extremely gentle cleansing that removes buildup and preps your hair for a fresh ‘do. Its fresh, light scent goes along with its clear and clean appearance.

7. Kinky Curly Come Clean
The Mandarin orange extract cleanses your hair and scalp while the Sea kelp preserves the moisture balance. This alcohol-free shampoo doesn’t contain sodium-lauryl sulfate or parabens. It’s suitable for all types of hair. This shampoo is gentle enough to use every day.

8. Giovanni Cosmetics Shampoo Tea Tree Triple Treat
Invigorating ingredients deliver unmatched clarity and rejuvenation for hair and scalp. You’re left with something clean pure and incredibly stimulating. Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed renewed feel Strengthens hair with a three-organic-oil-b.

9. Avalon Clarifying Lemon Shampoo
Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with Vitamin E, Wheat Protein, Aloe, Chamomile and Lemon wash away dulling residue and impurities without stripping for instantly renewed color and shine.

10. Alberto VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
This product combines the fresh fragrance of sweet kiwis and tangy limes with rosemary and lemongrass extracts to remove build-up. It is safe for all hair types.

Which clarifying shampoo do you use?