Considering going natural and want to know the basic tools you’ll need just to get started? Then you may be wondering the following: Where do I get started? What tools should I use?
Beginning a natural hair journey can be daunting, there are so many different products and things to learn it can be hard to know where to start. In my natural starter kit series I’ll go over the basic items I think every natural should have at the beginning of her journey.

You’ll build on these items as you continue on and learn what works best for you. So let get started with the five tools you’ll need in your starter kit.
Most of these items can be found in your local beauty supply store, grocery store, pharmacy or natural food store. If you cannot find them around town, do a google search and purchase from Amazon or another reputable online retailer.

1. Spray bottle:
Water is your new best friend, and a great spray bottle is its perfect companion2. Wide tooth comb:
You’ll use it to detangle and help evenly distribute product through your strands. Make sure those teeth are wide enough for your curls to slide through without getting stuck.

3. Scarf:
Preserving your hair at night is a must! Weather you are using the pineapple method, or just securing your hair from cotton pillow cases that can suck the moisture out of your hair, and the friction can cause breakage. So wrap your hair in your favorite silk or satin scarf to avoid that damage. Also for girls who love smooth edges your scarf can be used to give that sleek look without harsh brushes. Using your favorite gel and the palm of your hand, smooth back your hair and tie it down with your scarf and allow to set for at least 15 minutes and you’ll be good to go!

4. Clamps:
From detangling before you shampoo, to putting your hair in sections while styling, claw clamps will help keep the hair you’re not working on at the moment tucked securely out of the way. These little clamps are going to make life a lot easier for you!

5. Bobby pins/Hair Pins:

When selecting your bobby pins you want to make sure they’re sturdy and well made. You don’t want the coating to peel off or the tips to come off. Bobby pins are great for styling, when your hair is short, rather than putting tension on your hair to try to get it into a ponytail holder use bobby pins to help secure your hair in place.


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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?