Curly Education 101

3 tips to the perfect roller set

Hey Curly Naturals,

So if you have been following me on the Insta/Gram you will know that about 2 weeks ago I attempted my 3 (and most successful) roller set in my 6 year Natural Journey.

Yep, it took me 6 years and 3 attempts to perfect a rollerset. So if it takes a seasoned natural like me to perfect a roller set cut yourself some slack if you are struggling.

Use oil sparingly

My very first roller set I followed my normal LOC method (even
overcompensating by using more product thinking that this is what my hair needed and that this was going to result in a aweosome roller set, I was wrong very, very wrong!!) this was my first and biggest mistake. Oil will result in your hair taking ages to dry or not even drying it all. If you do want to apply oilI suggest being very stingy or better yet applying it after your take down.

Use products sparingly

For the same reason as above. When I applied my normal amount of product I had a lot of product build up that resulted in me having to wet my hair and do a normal wash and go just 2 days later. I would advise that you instead opt for a light weight styler (suited to your hair type or one that you prefer).

Use the correct roller size

This I wouldn’t consider a very big deal unless you are using orange rollers on a twa afro. Try and match the rollers that you use to length of your hair, you might also find that certain parts of your hair will need a different size roller go with that. When I done my first and second roller set I used green and orange rollers it did take my hair a little longer to try, whereas with this third attempt I mainly used purple rolles with a few green ones on the sides. This resulted in my hair dry faster.

Have you done a roller set and, what was your experience?

Untitled designPhoto by Alberto Bobbera on Unsplash

SACG;)

Support Local

Support Local II: 5 Natural hair and Lifestyle Brands

Hey Curly Naturals,
The reception of the first Support Local post was very well received and I hope that it encourages and make aware of all the great local brand .This post is a mix of both lifestyle and hair.

Krul kop society

The t-shirt that caught my eye from Krul Kop Society was their Curly, confident and Courageous T-shirt. This Natural hair apparel brand was founded by Abigail Witbooi. Krul Kop Society’s aim is to create a culture of authenticity , self love and self acceptance.Their merchandise includes t-shirts (with affirmations celebrating and uplifting a Natural

Brown Child

Is a Natural hair range that I’ve been hearing about so much in the SA Natural hair community. Created by Kerabo Mothapo who struggled to find a range that did not make her hair dry and at the same time, wanting to realize her own hair goals she decided to create the range. The range includes:

  • A Sulphate free shampoo
  • Moisturizing conditioner
  • Moisturizing hair butter
  • Leave-in conditioning spray

Overall the range is priced really well and I am definitely looking out to trying it out.

Kikkaboo hats

Kikkaboo hats was born out of a mother’s need to make sure that her daughter’s hair is taken care of and protected. After having some trouble finding a satin pillow case Claire made one herself and later sold some to a few friends and that’s how Kikkaboo grew. Kikkaboo has some of the most colourful satin bonnets,satin pillow cases, the latest  is 2m satin scarf (talk about styling options!) Since some of the fabric is imported and hats are made in small batches colours and patterns may vary resulting in a completely unique hat.

Lavish Atelier

I discovered Lavish at the 2016 My Hair Story hosted by My Natural. Founder of Lavish Atelier believes that hair care goes beyond styling and hair products. The brand offers a range of Satin lined hair accessories including

  • Satin lined do rags
  • Satin lined beanies
  • Silk pillowcases
  • Ankara collection (a turban and a bow made from typical African print)
  • Hair towels (towel made from t-shirt material that doubles as head wrap)

No Negative Decor

I met Founder of No Negative Decor, Charlene Ruben, at a Vintage Market one Saturday. Charlene makes beautiful items using a technique called Macrame. As a mother of 3 living remotely in the desert , she had no choice but to make something out of nothing; making a toy box from old cupboard doors or bread boards from an old bed base, this soon became an obsession an ultimately a business. Charlene only sources local natural raw materials, experiments with botanical dyes (I’ve seen on her insta stories that she tried using Avocado as a dye!) and spends time at thrift stores looking for pre-loved items to integrate into one of her pieces.

If you have any Local brands that you love and think the rest of the world should know about comment below so that we can continue Supporting Local.

SACG ;

Oil series

Oil Series: Macadamia (nut) oil

Hey Curly Naturals

Carrier oils are very much apart of our journey’s as much as a sulfate free shampoo and Wash days. A few months ago I discovered Macadamia Nut oil, I realized that there is more to oils than EVOO and  Coconut oil over the next few months I will delving into lessor known oils and hopefully this will encourage you to broaden your oil horizons.

As per the name, the oil is made from the pressed meat of the Macadamia nuts, which is Native to Australia. The oil is a pale yellow in colour and has both a nutty smell and flavour.

Benefits of Macadamia Nut oil

  • It is often used as an emollient (an emollient is used in cosmetics to protect, moisturize, and lubricate the skin)
  • Macadamia nut oil contains Squalene, occurs naturally in our bodies. It helps reduce oxidative stress on the skin, help prevent wrinkles, age spots and other sign of aging.
  • The Oil high is highin monosaturated fats (i.e healthy fats so I go crazy on the salad dressing.

On Natural Hair

When it comes to Natural hair macadamia oil is great to tame frizz,it penetrates the hair shaft and gives hair shine.Through extensive research I have only found one article that claimed that Macadamia Nut oil is suitable for Medium porous hair other articles have had nothing but praise Macadamia nut oil for being good for natural hair, the OG Natural hair site Naturally curly has given the heads up on the oil with some product recommendations as well.

My personal experience with the product on my hair was two fold. My first try was as a prepoo (which I normally do for oils that aren’t suited for low po hair) the oil was lightweight, left my hair soft and shiny. When I tried it during my LOC the results were slightly different, when applying the oil wasn’t as seamless as when I apply grapeseed oil, my hair also did not feel as moisturized and the “seal” that I am used to when doing my LOC method. Having said that my hair was about 60% wet so I will have to out my final verdict. 

On your skin

I have personally used it on my skin, (face first) the oil was not only light weight but also absorbed very easily into my skin, my skin felt moisturized but not oily unlike other oils that have that omniscient presence when you apply it.

Since the initial use on my face I decided to be a little experimental and created my own body oil (not too much though in case it did not work too well) again I was pleasantly surprised. I added a few drops of my favorite essential oils and just like on my skin it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, which makes me excited to try it in summer to see how well its non-greasiness holds up against the heat.

If you are worried about the Nutty smell that Macadamia Nut oil has, the essential oils masks the Nuttiness really well, so no need to worry about walking around smelling like a nut butter.

So that is Macadamia Nut oil in a Nutshell 😉

Support Local

Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter {Review}

Hey Curly Naturals,

I was all excited until it came to actually get getting this post out, I haven’t done a review in almost 2 years so I feel like a review virgin. Thankfully I went over some old posts from years back which helped, so read on to get the full scoop.

About 3 weeks ago I was chosen by Natural hair.co.za as one of 6 content creators to review the Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter.

Continue reading “Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter {Review}”

Curly Education 101

Plastic Free July: Natural Hair Edition

Hey Curly Naturals,

In the month of July, millions of people take a pledge to reduce their
single use plastic consumption and in doing so becoming part of the one of the most influential environmental movements; Plastic Free July.

Zero waste/ Plastic free Grocery stores are becoming the new normal. Most look like the stores that our grandparents were familiar, you could even say that we are going back to our old ways (all for good reasons though). Check out these Zero waste stores:

Nude Foods: The first Plasic Free Grocery Store has 2 branches in Cape Town one in 5 Constituion Street in the East City Precint and Newlands Montebello Design centre in Newlands Drive

Shop Zero: Located in Woodstock has a lifestyle focus on Zero waste living and offer shipping nationwide.

The Refillery: Joburg is not left far behind with store opening its doors in March of this year. They offer both food and lifestyle alternatives.

Durban is also spoiled with 2 zero waste stores

  • The Good Source:  the store is situated in Hillcrest outside of
  • House of Bravo that is situated in Florida Fields in Florida Road.

Last but not least Lush: Lush was definetly ahead of its time, althought not a grocery store, Lush has been filling our noses with wonderful smells, cruelty  and packaging free cosmetics for the past 23 years.

 

Bringing it closer to I am going to show you Natural Plastic free
alternatives.

Ditch Shampoo bottles for Shampoo Bars

Shampoo Bar
Shampoo Bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its all in the name, the liquid surfectant condensed into a bar. The ones that I have used are usually chock full of good surfactants (I mean there is only so much you fit into a bar of soap) oils, butters and they foam really well. Another upside is that they are easy to travel with since no decanting into smaller containers.

Liquid Soap:

Kafui Black Liquid Soap - SA Curly Girl
Kafui Black Liquid Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Brand Kafui Naturals has their Blackliquid soap on tap at NudeFoods. Take your existing containers and buy as much (or little) as you need)

 

Ditch Conditioner bottles for Conditioner Bars

Conditioner Bars - SA Curly Girl
Conditioner Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very familiar with shampoo bars but I couldn’t conceive that
conditioner bars could actually be made. Until one day I found a humble bar (that I tried at work) It ticked all the natural hair boxes: slip,moisture and de-tangling is a breeeeze!

 

Flaxseed (Gel) is your friend

I’ve written about Flax seed gel before in fact I done a 2 part series. I
was converted after making my first batch. These little seeds are packedwith Omega 3 and B Vitamins (so yep you are applying all that goodnessstraight onto you hair) So I’ve mentioned one reason but here are a few more:

  • Its inexpensive to make (Flaxseeds are cheap gals and guys)
  • Its easy to make
  • You can pimp it up
  • It works on all hair types and porosity

 

The Perfect Hair

The Perfect hair
Image: The Perfect Hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Brand, The perfect hair has some of their products in glass jars
and are returnable for R10. You hit 3 birds with one stone: support
local, using less plastic and R10 deposit.

 

On Tap

Cape Town based Grocery Store Nude Foods offer Oil and Vinegars on tap.

Oil:

Macadamia Nut and Olive Oil is available on tap (take your own jar/ bottle or buy one in store)

Macadamia Nut and Olive Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinegar

White Spirit Vinegar: For claifying your fiber before braiding your hair
ACV:Raw with mother, both conventional and Organic for your ACV rinses, masks and sprays.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conventional & Organic
Apple Cider Vinegar Conventional & Organic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Spirit Vinegar
White Spirit Vinegar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the world of plastic free and a zero9 waste lifestyle was foreign to you and daunting , I hope this post has shed light onto it and that you will dip your toe into it.

SACG 😉

Support Local

Support Local: Natural Hair Brands

Hey Curly Naturals,

Local is lekker they say, yet not many of do not support our local businesses and even if we wanted to we do not know where to go and who to support. Support Local is a series of blog posts where I will be sharing Local brands with you. The posts will not be exclusively for Natural hair brands or products. My aim is to make people aware of Local brands and Businesses that they are able to support.

For my first post in this series I thought it would only be natural to start with Natural hair brands.

Curly Chemistry:

Curl Chemistry
image: Curl Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cape Town based hair range was started by Liezel Katzen in 2016. The First product to launch was the Curl activating cream. By using local reps to sell products, Curl Chemistry creates jobs, you save on delivery costs and buy a product from a familiar like minded Natural. Besides being paraben,silicone and sulphate free; the range is also vegan friendly and safe to use on kids.  IG: @curlchemistry, Website: http://www.curlchemistry.co.za

 

 

 

The Perfect Hair:

The Perfect hair
Image: The Perfect Hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect hair was one of the first local Natural hair brands that I Found on the market. The company was founded by Tarryn Gill. Tarryn initially started off by selling international hair products suited for Naturals, after little support from international brands and high prices, she sought out to create a local affordable brand that is also recycleable (yep most of the products come in glass). The brand has 3 ranges aimed at the 3 major curl patterns namely; The Perfect Wave, The Perfect Curl and The Perfecr Kinky Coily. To date The Perfect hair can now be found at Edgars and Clicks as well as boasting a beard oil for men. IG: @theperfecthairoffical, Website: http://www.theperfecthair.co.za/

 

Kafui Naturals:

Image: IG @Kafuinaturals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met Kafui Awoonor at the 2016 My Hair Story event, her glowing skin and aura attracted me to her (and her brand) and ever since then it has been a firm favourite of mine. The Ghanian Born, Amsterdam raised (now living in South Africa created her brand after finding that most products for naturals contained chemicals and preservatives, Kafui set out to create a range that is all natural, preservative and chemical free.

I have personally used her Hair spray, Shea butter, Liquid Black soap and Face oil. The range is available online at Faithful to Nature, Repeat after me and Nude Foods. IG: @kafuinaturals

 

Marley Grey:

Marley Grey
Image: Facebook Marley Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded by Marion Hermans after a trial with 10 participiants with a product that she made, Marley(as she is affectionately especially within the Cape Town Natural Community although she makes it very clear that Marley Grey is not one person) sewed satin hair caps to accompany the trial. From there Marley started selling hair caps online and today you are able to Natural hair products to protect, fix, funk up your style. IG: @_marley.grey_ Website: https://marleygrey.co.za/

Buuya Beauty:

Buuya Beauty
Image: Buuya Beauty

 

 

 

 

Buuya Beauty is founded by 1 fifth of the Cape Town Naturally team Kasuba Naomi Stuurnman. The brand was formerly known as Rocking Naturals, Buuya Beauty was launched in June 2017, the range includes a cleansing cowash, revitalizing hair masque and a refreshing moisture mist. Since I have not tried the range yet I am definetly excited to get the travel pack for only 100bucks. Products are available on the Buuya Beauty Website. IG: @buuyabeauty, Website: https://buuya.co.za/

Afrobotanics:

Afrobotanics
Image: IG Afrobotanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded by Ntombenhle Khathwane in 2010, Afrobotanics was inspired by her Grandmother’s methods on how she managed her hair. The range is formulated with natural botanical oils (as the name suggests)  and derivatives that aim to moisturise, detangle and soften Natural hair. Afrobotanics has been a firm favourite of mine since my first bottle (now in a 500ml jar)  Deep penetrating moisturizing conditioner. Afrobotanics is a brand that besides being local is also great quality  and affordable. Afrobotnics is available at Clicks and Game stores. IG: @afrobotanics Website: https://afro-botanics.com/

 

 

My Natural:

My Natural
Image: My Natural

 

 

 

 

The brand is a subsidiary of Herbex (check the label) and created for the modern African woman and aimed for all hair types. My Natural, like Afrobotanics,  is a fairly decent range at an affordable price. My favorite two products in the range are the Strengthening oil,it is great for low porous hair and the smell gets me every time and the Hair butter, which is thick yet spreadable and gives my hair a good seal when I am protective styling. You will find My Natural firmly positioned in the Hair care isle at your nearest Clicks. IG: _mynatural_hair Website: https://mynatural.co.za/

Hair talks by Tay:

Hair talks by Tay
Image: Facebook Hair talks by Tay

 

 

 

 

 

Hair talks by Tay is founded by Tayane Lee, she started her business afte hosting an even with a few naturals and saw the importance of sharing knowledge. She started getting serious about creatung a brand that will empower communities to embrace their hair by knowing how to maintain and style it. Her products are very affordable and will definetly not break the bank.  IG: @hairtalksbytay

 

 

Keep a look out for the next Support Local edition and lets Support Local!

SACG 🙂

Hair Journey

Midweek Refresher/How I refresh my hair

Hey Curly Naturals.

Midweek refreshers are great for when your hair needs a pick me up. Although this post is called a Midweek refresher I do it just about anytime when my hair is in need of a moisture boost. This routine was fairly common when I done a lot of wash and go’s.

So this is how I usually do my midweek refresher.

1 :Moisture:

There are one of 2 options depending how thirstay my hair.

  • Just add Water: if my hair is  then I will just give it a good douse of H2o followed by my leave in conditioner.
  • Co-wash: If my hair is thirstay and needs some extra TLC, co-wash my hair (usually with Tresemme Botaniques) , followed by adding a leave in.

2: Seal it up!

Moisturizing means nothing without sealing it up I use my favorite carrier oil, usually grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, Avocado oil or the My Natural Strengthening oil which is really great for low porous hair.

3: Style and set

Again there are 2 options.

  • Wash and go: I’ll use a defining styler to make my curls pop. (Flax seed gel, Aunt Jackie’s Curl la la, Aunt Jackie’s Baby Girl Curls, Twirling and Twisting Custard)
  • Protective styling: I’ll use a thick styling butter for that extra protection and then set up my style( Afrobotanics Kids Hair butter or My Natural moisturizing hair butter)

For the quick pick me up the day before or on wash day when I just need to go out I do the following:

  • Give my hair a good douse of h2o
  • apply leave in.
  • use hair spritzer (I like the Afrobotanics Black Pearl hair Juice or Twisted Sista 30 Second Curl Spray, check out my insta post below 😉 )
  • Fluff it up or style it and I am good to go.

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#Happyhumpday! 🐫 Not only does it mean we are closer to the weekend or also means that miss hair is in need of a serious dose of moisture before wash day and my mandatory DC sesh. This is where hair sprays come in. I make sure my hair is adequately moisturized (see my previous post) Add in a mini detangle session and then proceed to style. Products featured: *Kafui's Hair spray The Aloe Vera Juice gives my hair a much needed moisture boost, the vanilla tapers off into a soft powdery scent during the day great for low porous girls. Also locally made and 100% natural. Need a bigger bottle of this good stuff….. *Afrobotanics Black Pearl Hair Juice At first a skeptic I was very surprised by the results. The light weight formula is great for low porous girls, BTMS leaves my hair soft and has a great scent as well. *Twisted Sista 30 second Curl Spray This one has my hair looking from drab and dull to shiny and moisturized. Its light weight and I love that it makes my hair look good even when it needs a wash. What is your mid week routine to make sure your curls keep popping? #curlyhair #naturalhair #hairspray #curls #southafricannatural #type3c

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Do you also do quick refreshers when your needs some TLC but it’s not wash day yet?

 

SACG 😉

Curly Education 101

Shea Butter in a Nutshell {+Shea Butter whip recipe}

Hey Curly Naturals,

“What is Shea butter?

“How do you use it”

“what does it do?”

These are probably 3 questions that I have gotten since I started selling Shea butter again.  In this post I will answer these questions  and also a recipe for your own Shea butter whip.

The butter/ fat is extracted by removing the kernel from the Shea Tree seed, it then gets ground into a powder and then boiled in water. This is when the butter rises to the top and solidifies.

How is Shea butter made?

It is the fat extracted from the nut of Shea Tree that is indigenous to Africa.The train mainly grows in West Africa and in 21 African Countries in Africa. Unprocessed or raw Shea butter is Ivory in colour and has a distinct waxy smell.

The breakdown is on a video that I watched and shows how it made in traditionally in the North of Ghana. The process is labour intensive and after watching this video I appreciate not only the product but also the price.

  • The harvesting season for Shea nuts are from June to August
  • Shea nuts are roasted and after wards they are sorted.
  • The nuts are then crushed into a powder and then kneaded.
  • At this point in the process there is what looks like a creamy paste that surfaces to the top and separates from the water.
  • This paste is then boiled and then cooled down. The end result is Shea Butter as we know it.

What makes Shea butter so good?

  • First and foremost it is a natural product.
  • It has anti inflammatory properties .
  • It is a powerful moisturiser (my ashy elbows are a testament to that)
  • Shea butter contains Vitamin A, E and F (all which help to maintain your skin, helps premature aging and wrinkles)
  • The high levels of Cinnamic acid make it a natural sunscreen.
  • It can also be used in food production , I have found it listed as an ingredient in chocolate
  • For your hair you can use it as a sealant or to make your own homemade deep conditioners.

How to make your own Shea Butter whip

Tools you will need:

  • Stick blender with a whisk attachment
  • A bowl
  • Spatula
  • measuring spoons
  • Small jar/pot to store your Shea butter in
  • Shea butter
  • Carrier oil of your choice (I used coconut oil)
  • essential oil of your choice
  1. Start by placing your Shea butter in a bowl and then blending without adding any of your carrier oil or essential oil.

(Blending the butter before hand adds some air to it and makes the rest of the blending process easier .If you are using a stick blender, blending in an anti clockwise motion spreads all the Shea butter to the outside, a clockwise motion lets the Shea butter come together nicely, allowing you more control)

 

Organic Shea Butter
Shea Butter Unwhipped
  1. Add your carrier oil, starting off with a little and then blending add more if it is not the consistency that you desire. Stop adding carrier right before you get the desired consistency.
Shea Butter with Coconut Oil
Shea Butter with Coconut Oil
  1. Follow up with a few drops of your essential oil and blend. If your Shea butter whip is still not the desired consistency, add the remainder of your carrier oil and then do a final blend
  2. Transfer your whip to your container and enjoy your own labor of love.
Homemade Shea Butter whip in a jar - SA Curly Girl
Homemade Shea Butter whip in a jar

The ratio that I used was 30ml of Shea butter and 15ml of coconut oil that resulted in my butter whip to be easily spreadable and almost melting as soon as it makes contact with my hand. Adjust the ratio if you want a thicker or thinner whip (step 4 should help with that)

Clean up

Your tools will definitely be very oily, add some dish washing liquid to a basin followed by hot water (even boiling water) once the water is cool enough to handle, add a few drops of dish washing liquid to a sponge and scrub all the greasy tools down. Rinse with hot water.

Your Shea butter whip should last for about 12 months

I hope that this post has given you a little more insight into how Shea butter and all the answers that you might have.

ND 😉

Curly Education 101

A guide on when to treat your hair

Hey Curly Naturals,

We all get to a point in our natural hair journey’s when our hair is not looking its best and we need t to step in and intervene.

In this post I will dive into the most common treatments/ questions that most Naturals have.

When should I trim my hair?

  • The standard or most common time frame is every 6 weeks – 3 months .However this is also entirely up to you if your hair needs a trim every 2 months go for it. I however would trim it less than the 6 week mark.
  • if your hair still feels dry and grassy after a good deep conditioning session it is time for a trim. No amount of treatment is going to save your grassy roots.
  • When your hair loses volume and feels limp. I experienced this last year, I had just reached Bra strap length when my hair just had no life I tried everything until Kafui (from Kafui Naturals) advised me that no amount of TLC is going to change it I need to trim my hair. Your hair becomes weighed down and that is the reason why you are not able to retain volume and bounce.

Here are a few pointers

  • Always do a trim after a deep conditioning session, sometimes your hair might just be in need of a good moisture boost instead of a trim. Trimming your hair after a deep conditioning session also avoids you having to cut unnecessary healthy length.
  • To know how much hair to trim, put your hair in 2 strand twists. Slide your index and thumb finger down the twist as you get closer to your ends you will notice that your hair is drier trim your hair just above the driest part.

When Should I deep condition my hair?

Every week.

This should be part of you weekly hair regime(n) (so at least once

Deep conditioning session are pivotal in restoring moisture back into your hair.

When Should I clarify my hair?

The general consensus on this is once a month.

If you follow the Curly Girl Method or use products that contain silicone this will something that you want to diligently without fail every month. The CG method

There are several ways that you can clarify your hair:

  • ACV Rinse: I do an ACV rinse +/- 4-6 weeks depending on what my hair needs
  • Bicarb Mix
  • Clarifying Shampoo

When should I do a protein treatment?

Our hair is basically made out of Protein and therefore necessary for our hair to be healthy.

As a standard rule of thumb you should do a protein treatment every 4-6 weeks. Anything more than that will not be beneficial or result in protein overload, resulting in your hair being hard.

If you are experiencing any one of these with your hair, you might need a protein treatment:

  • If you hair has lost elasticity
  • If your hair is over moisturized/ when it feels mushy when it´s wet.
  • When your hair is chemically treated

I personally have done on intentional protein treatment using the MRL creations sample that I got in my goody bag. Since I was not really looking after my hair as I should I cannot say how effective it was. Also being a Low porous Natural I do err on the side of caution when it comes to protein treatments because too much coconut oil has made my hair hard. (coconut oil helps hair retain protein)

I hope that this answers some of your “When should I do this or that treatment to my hair”

SACG 😉

*Featured image:  Photo by Leighann Renee on Unsplash

 

Curly Education 101

{Review} Sulphate free shampoos

Hey Curly Naturals,

As far as low Sulphate Shampoos go I wasn’t really a fan. Somewhere I read that low sulphate shampoos aren’t as effective at cleaning my (low porous) hair as conventional shampoos. Through gifts and giveaways I been able to use Sulphate free shampoos and here is my take:

Before I digress lets get into it. As you girls know I like dissecting natural hair products so this won’t just be any review. I’ll break it down by listing the alternative surfactants that are in the shampoos how, why it works and how it affects your hair.

Tresemme Botaniques

When Tresemme Naturals got taken off the market, I was very interested in what the new shampoo would be like. In terms of performance TB performs just as well as Tresemme Naturals. I still have a golden stash of Tresemme Naturals so I have been able to do a live test and not just depend on memory or ingredients. Both the TN and TB create insane amount of foam and both feel soft (or moisturising). On the surface it feels like the same formula but lets see how they compare

Tresemme Botaniques Tresemme Naturals
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Aloe Barbadensis (aloe leaf juice powder)
  • Citric acid
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate

So on the surface they do feel the same but the ingredients tell a different story. It clearly shows that the TB has a slightly better formula than the TN.

Here is a break down of all the surfactants in Tresemme Botaniques

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: a gentler surfactant to its counterpart Sodium Laurel /Lauryl Sulphate, this is added to shampoos to make them foam.
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine: it is a common secondary surfectant. it is derived from Coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamin. It is used for its thickening and foaming properties which also help moisturise your skin. It offers a smooth feel to your hair and makes for great foaming (this is debatable depending on the shampoo you are using)
  • Sodium Chloride: this is basically salt and is added to thicken shampoos.
  • Aloe Barbadensis: Although I feel like this is a no brainer, Aloe is a conditioning agent for you hair, acts as a humectant and promotes growth.
  • Citric Acid: added to shampoo to alter the pH of the shampoo to match it closer to our hair.

So although Tresemme Botaniques feels like the old Tresemme Naturals but the surfactants are a better quality and therefore the formula are improved.

My Natural Nourishing Shampoo

This shampoo does not create much foam, although my hair is not completely stripped and feels soft after using it. One thing about the shampoo that I do not like is that I do not always feel like my hair is clean after one shampoo so I feel that I have to shampoo again (and not out of habit like I usually do)

  • Sodium Lauryl Methyl Isethonate: is a coconut derived surfactant and is completely sulfate free, is very mild and regarded as one of the safest sulphate free ingredients on the market.
  • Sodium Lauroamphaocetate : is a natural surfactant, is also a mild surfactant commonly found in shampoos but does not foam as much.
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine: it is a common secondary surfactant. It is derived from Coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamin. It is used for its thickening and foaming properties which also help moisturize your skin. It offers a smooth feel to your hair and makes for great foaming (this is debateable depending on the shampoo you are using)
  • Olefin Sulfonate: is a surfactant derived from coconut, produces plenty of foam it can be drying and may irritate your scalp and skin.
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate: Is sometimes known as MES, it is added to shampoo as a foaming agent, cleans very well, it is a gentle surfactant and causes very little irritation and it also leaves your hair soft and shiny.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

I was very skeptical about this shampoo when I received it as a part of my Christmas gift, even telling SO that I appreciate the gesture but the shampoo is not suited for my hair, I have had to eat my own words because this shampoo is actually not bad at all. The consistency is very runny you have to be careful not to get shampoo all over the shower. It gives a decent clean without drying out my hair almost feels soft when I am done, for a no sulphate shampoo it has very decent amount of foam, if you use too much the foam takes a life of its own.

  • DecylGlucoside: is a mild surfactant and is mainly used in products for sensitive skin. It is derived from a plant, biodegradable and gentle on all hair types
  • Sodium Lauroyl lactylate: is a natural surfactant, produces a light foam and does no irritate or dry out hair or skin
  • Hydrolized rice protein: Is rich in amino acids, it increases hair volume and adds shine (makes the rice water routine all more plausible.)

After looking at the ingredients I now understand the price tag on their products and I am even willing to pay for it. It is not just a slap stick product that is produced, Shea Moisture really lives by what it says on the bottle.

Twisted Sista

This shampoo I won as part of a hamper at the MHS 2018. Out of all the shampoos that I have used, I’d say that this shampoo creates a decent amount of foam, cleaning power and leaves my hair soft. The consistency is not as runny as Shea Moisture.

  • Sodium Lauryl Methyl Isethonate: is a coconut derived surfactant and is completely sulfate free, is very mild and regarded as one of the safest sulphate free ingredients on the market.
  • Sodium Lauroamphaocetate : is a natural surfactant, is also a mild surfactant commonly found in shampoos but does not foam as much.
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine: it is a common secondary surfactant. It is derived from Coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamin. It is used for its thickening and foaming properties which also help moisturize your skin. It offers a smooth feel to your hair and makes for great foaming (this is debateable depending on the shampoo you are using)
  • Olefin Sulfonate:is a surfactant derived from coconut, produces plenty of foam it can be drying and may irritate your scalp and skin.
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate: Is sometimes known as MES, it is added to shampoo as a foaming agent, cleans very well, it is a gentle surfactant and causes very little irritation and it also leaves your hair soft and shiny.

I do want to encourage you to really dissect the ingredients in your hair products, it helps sift out poor quality products, find the common link in products that don’t work for your hair which will help you make an informed decision when you do buy products and not waste money.

I hope this post was informative and you are able to decipher the ingredients (surfactants specifically) when you buy shampoos. It was by far the most research that I have done for any of my post, it felt that at one point that my head is bubbling over with surfactants (see what I done there).

SACG 🙂

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