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The 10 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos in 2018

The 10 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos in 2018

The Sulfate Debate

Sulfate-free shampoo is not a trend.

Surprisingly the harsh compound that is in shampoo to aid in sufficient lathering isn't just canceled in the natural hair community. But it is slowly but surely disappearing from the shelves of mainstream beauty aisles as well. After researching the history of sulfates in shampoo, it is not hard to understand why.

Did you know that in the 1970’s some shampoos contained ethanolamine lauryl sulfates that released carcinogenic nitrosamines? This ingredient turned out to be the beginning of the end for sulfates in shampoos. Even though manufactures removed all of the harmful sulfates from shampoos after that scandal, in the court of public opinion shampoos with sulfates of any kind can cause adverse side effects.

So what do we use instead? Keep reading to discover the top ten sulfate free shampoos of 2018!


1) SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter shampoo

This shampoo is guilty of moisturizing and repairing the most over-processed and damaged hair.

Which means it is great for ladies trying to revert their heat damaged hair! The Raw Shea Butter shampoo is better for your hair than shampoo with sulfate because it does not have the drying properties that your hair can suffer from after getting too clean! It doesn’t break the bank at $7.99

Although the Shea Moisture brand had a hiccup with its customer base a few years ago, the brand is still in the community of its patrons trying to make things right.

Profits from this product go to women in low-income communities!

2) Ouai's Repair shampoo

The Quai Repair shampoo and conditioner duo is brought to you by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin!

The $26.00 shampoo should be used to replenish hair that has undergone a chemical process. Processing can include anything from perms, to coloring session, or keratin treatments. This sulfate free shampoo is cleansing and hydrating with natural extracts like coconut.

You might be confused as to how you wash your hair with coconut because coconut oil can clog pores, but coconut water is a different story. Coconut water is antiviral and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it is a great way to cleanse your hair and treat your scalp.

Reviews for this product are raving, with users saying that it can help to give volume to the flattest of hair.


3) Kiehl's Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo

This pricey bottle of sulfate-free goodness ($20.00) is perfect for those recovering from a heat obsession!

Yes, if you straighten your hair a lot, this is the shampoo for you. It’s infused with moringa tree oil to rebuild frayed, fried, and broken hair strands. The moringa tree oil makes it perfect for your hair when it comes to detangling because this also means that your hair is going to be less frizzy due to the moisture.

Less frizz means less time detangling because your comb can get through your hair easier.

4) Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo

A sulfate-free clarifying shampoo is almost unheard of!

However, the Briogeo brand successfully brought a coconut-based cleanser to the market to help you get a frothy lather and eliminate product build up. Get this; the shampoo does not lead to the stripping of natural oils!

Clarifying shampoos are essential to the health and hair regimen of naturals because we tend to use a lot of oils and need to purify our scalp. So many of us incorporate a sulfate into our routine sparingly to ensure that our scalp can get rid of excess oils, but now we do not have to.

You can get this product for $24.00.


5) Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Shampoo

This pick is a little more versatile.

Even though the name of this shampoo indicates that it is for the curly girl, the oils in the shampoo make it a winner for all hair types! The complete opposite of a sulfate stripping shampoo, the Curl Nourish Shampoo contains, jojoba, coconut, and macadamia oils.

These make this drug store option a hydrating force that straight and curly tresses can benefit from. You can catch it at Target for $4.49!

6) Hair Food Hair Milk Shampoo Infused with Jasmine & Vanilla Fragrance

This Hair Food shampoo does not have sulfates, parabens, gluten, silicone, mineral oil or dye! At $9.99 this product is the “cleanest” shampoo on the menu!

If you need to know why these items are best far far away from your hair read the quick rundown below:


mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function.


If you suffer from Celiac's disease you already know that an introduction to gluten can mean an itchy, blistering rash, along with stomach bloating and diarrhea! Your skin is the biggest organ on your body so introducing gluten to your skin is the same as eating it or worse.


is a sealant against water and prevents moisture from getting to your hair.

Mineral Oil:

is a derivative of crude oil that you put into your car. Enough said.


can cause scalp irritation and sensitivity.


7) Hair Rules Cleansing Cream

Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend and Allure magazine swear by this pudding-like, no-bubble formula!

This shampoo caters to those with thick, coarse hair. With its heavy consistency that breaks down build-up composed of dirt and oil, this shampoo uses honey, lemongrass, and Hawaiian ginger to cleanse the hair and scalp.

It is incredibly cheap, and you can find it as low as $0.99.

8) L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo

With raving reviews from its consumers, L’Oreal was one of the first mass brands to create a sulfate-free shampoo. It is almost a favorite amongst color-treated heads because at $5.79 it leaves the color looking refreshed and plumps the strands with volume.


9) Living Proof Full Shampoo

If you're really into technology and how the hair industry can move forward with innovative products, you may want to try Living Proof Full Shampoo.

This sulfate free shampoo is a product line created by the masterminds at MIT. The active ingredient is called poly beta-amino ester-1, a polyfluoroester.

The polyfluoroester ingredient is patent protected, and it coats each hair shaft once applied. Once it finishes drying on the hair, polyfluoroesters on adjacent hair strands grab at each other and simultaneously leave spaces between each strand. It kind of puts you in mind of a magnetic effect, which also gives your hair scientific levels of volume upon styling.

The Living proof shampoo is on the shelf at $59.

10) True Botanicals Nourishing Shampoo

Last but not least the True Botanicals shampoo!

You will not get you a good lather which is like most sulfate-free shampoos, but you will get squeaky clean hair due to green tea oil and aloe leaf extract. At $34.00 you will also be left with a natural leafy musk on your strands so beware of the leafy smell.


Ten for Ten

This day and age, shampoos containing sulfates are thought to be guilty of stripping the natural oils from your hair.

This lack of moisture can cause both frizz and breakage, which is detrimental to anyone looking to have a healthy head of hair. The option to use a sulfate free shampoo not only speaks to the catering of the customer but also how far we have come as a consumer base to demand quality products.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned on this list? Drop a comment below to let us know what you think of it and whether or not we should invest in a sulfate-free shampoo!

Note: While the caution in regards to shampoo with sulfate is understandable, not all sulfates are carcinogenic. The FDA is well aware and okay with the current shampoos on the market containing sulfates.

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Top 5 Shampoos That Help You Wash Your Hair Less

Top 5 Shampoos That Help You Wash Your Hair Less

Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Have you ever felt like you are spending more time styling your hair than actually enjoying your hairstyle? I'll be the first to admit that nothing compares to the feeling of freshly styled hair. Sometimes we get caught up in the newness of a hairstyle that we put too much energy into washing our hair to maintain it, instead of investing in products that help to preserve our hair. While the technique is necessary, the products you use on your hair is vital to how long your style lasts. Too much washing, manipulating and heat styling will only lead to permanent damage that can take years to recover. There's a possibility that your hair is no longer responding to your product or worse, you've been using the wrong shampoos. Different hair issues and goals call for the use of different products, starting with your shampoo. Shampooing is the first step in a healthy hair care regimen. Shampooing is a step that you shouldn't skip but also shouldn't be overused. Let's take a look at five shampoos that will help you wash your hair less.

Clarifying Shampoos

If your hair produces a lot of oils or if you've noticed that you suffer from a lot of buildups, then it's time to add a clarifying shampoo to your product lineup. Clarifying shampoos are not meant to be used on a daily or even a weekly basis. Clarifying shampoos are designed to strip the hair strands of oils and buildup to provide a clean slate for styling. If you noticed that you couldn't make it more than a few days before you end up with greasy strands, then try out these clarifying shampoos to give yourself a few more days until wash day.

Joico K-Pak Shampoo

This highly rated shampoo is about as straightforward as its name is. This gentle clarifying shampoo will not leave your hair stiff. It contains vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil to help restore depleted hair strands. The K-Pak shampoo is ideal for those who suffer from dry hair. It's gentle enough to use weekly if necessary and also helps to infuse moisture back into the hair. This shampoo helped my hair learn to retain moisture. If you need a boost of moisture, consider trying this shampoo.

Bumble and Bumble Bb Sunday Shampoo

A weekly detoxifying shampoo that smells amazing and will keep your strands free of excess oils. Keep in mind that this shampoo is not for all hair types. While it's for all hair textures, this Bumble and Bumble shampoo is best used on those with fine to medium thickness. In addition to excellent ingredients like Rosemary, Ginseng, and Sage, this shampoo is free of harmful ingredients like parabens, phthalates, mineral oils.

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo

I have used various products from the Redken line for about 15 years now, and the haircare line has yet to let me down. This shampoo not only cleanses your hair but it also refreshes your hair with fragrant fruit extracts. If you have hard water build up, then it's best to leave this shampoo on for five to ten minutes before rinsing to help break down the deposits on your hair. You'll only need to use this shampoo a few times a month in place of your regular shampoo to reap it's clarifying benefits.

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

I love a drugstore product that works. When it comes to skin and hair care, Neutrogena has been a strong contender for decades. If you need to break down some residue on your hair, then you should add this cleanser to your shampoo stash. This shampoo is intended for use with your daily or weekly shampoo. It's also gentle enough to use on color treated hair.

Moroccan Oil Clarifying Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo has a ton of unusual ingredients that will cause you to want to shampoo your hair even more! The Moroccan Oil line is known for its rich ingredients and its undeniable results. Elements like avocado, lavender, and chamomile oils (to name only a few) will leave your hair feeling and smelling great. If you wish to add a touch of luxury to your cleansing routine, then you need to reach for a bottle of this shampoo.

Moisturizing Shampoos

If you have the same hair woes that I do, then you're always in search of the next best source of moisture. Sometimes it seems like no serum or moisturizing product can get my hair back to the smooth texture I get moments after a new hairstyle. Too often, I've found myself starting entirely over in hopes to get rid of my dry hair and get my silky hair back again. If you took a peek into my bathroom cabinet, you'd find almost every variation of a moisturizing shampoo sold. You may think that the words moisture and shampoo don't belong in the same sentence. But many cleansers also deliver an impressive amount of moisture that will help your style lasts longer.

Redken Extreme Shampoo

As a moisturizing shampoo connoisseur, it's hard for me to leave Redken out of this lineup. If moisture is what you seek, then you need to add this product to your next shopping list. This shampoo is created to address every part of your hair from your scalp to the tips. Your hair will be fortified, pre-moisturized and ready for your deep conditioner.

Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Ask any natural girl about a moisturizing shampoo, and you're likely to hear about a Shea Moisture product. Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo is one of the first shampoos I tried on my natural journey, and it's still one of the best moisturizing shampoos on the market. This shampoo has a unique essential oil blend and raw shea butter; your hair will feel baby soft after just one single use.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Gentle Shampoo

It is amazing what nature can do. This plant-based shampoo is a great standalone shampoo that is sure to deliver plenty of moisture. It's packed with powerful minerals like seaweed extract that help rebalance and maintain a healthy moisture level for the days to come.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo

They say good things come in threes. This shampoo proves that theory correct by offering triples the nutrition compared to other shampoos. If you're always hanging over the wash bowl in an attempt to infuse your hair with moisture, this might become your new holy grail product. The three oils in this product, Aloe, Olive, and Almond, deliver a punch of softness that will cause you to pull out your shower cap to preserve your results.

Ouai Smooth Shampoo

This one isn't just an Instagram fad. Ouai hair products deserve every bit of hype it gets on Instagram. This smoothing shampoo smells fantastic, leaves your hair silky soft and super hydrated. It's definitely on the pricey side, so I choose not to reach for this product unless I'm preparing for a special occasion. With unique ingredients, you'll want to be a little stingy with this product and skip a few days in between uses.

pH Balancing Shampoos

If you can't stay away from the hair dye and bleach, then you need to consider using a pH balancing shampoo. You may think that by having your hair dyed shampoo is doing your hair a disservice, but pH balancing shampoos are great for colored hair. The key to retaining your hair color is to wash your hair less frequently. The best way to achieve this is to use a pH balancing shampoo. pH shampoos restore the acidity level of your hair. Balancing the pH levels of your hair helps keep the cuticle of your hair closed which means less bleeding of your color and softer hair texture. Here are a few of the top pH Balancing Shampoos on the market today.

Now Foods Berry Full Shampoo

The ingredient list of this shampoo will leave you in awe of such a fantastic concoction. This shampoo not only helps to balance your hair's pH levels but also aids in bringing dull hair back to life and nourish your scalp. Packed with jojoba oil, biotin, and multi-fruit extract this shampoo is sure to leave your hair smooth and smelling great.

Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo

This shampoo was carefully crafted to rid hair of impurities while adding a thin coating of moisture. I just recently discovered the goodness of Joico hair products and I hadn't turned back. My first impression of this shampoo was to double check the label to make sure that I had not accidentally used conditioner. I couldn't believe how good my hair felt after a single use of this shampoo. While it is on the pricey side, it's an excellent buy for those who wish to maintain their hair color or need to refresh the pH balance of their hair.

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo

If you're in love with hair color, then this shampoo is your side chick. The last thing you want to do is spend time and money on a color treatment and then watch your investment go down the drain. This Pureology shampoo has everything you need to combat the big bad wolf of bleeding color. It's a vegan shampoo that also includes Antifade complex, coconut oil and softens your hair for days on end.

Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo

When you think hair care, there are a few brands that immediately come to mind. For me, Aveda is one of them. Coming from a family of many cosmetologists, I'm aware of how amazing Aveda institutes and products are. Another way that I know this product is a winner is because it's stashed away for those times when I need to reset the pH balance in my hair. Instead of washing my hair over and over, I reach for this shampoo and get myself together. This product does not spare any of the goodness expected from an Aveda product. Ingredients like quinoa protein help strengthen and restore your hair for days without excessive washing.

Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair

It may sound like this shampoo is in the wrong category, but don't let the title fool you. The result is a pH balancing shampoo that results in your hair being uber soft and hydrated. It's a silicone-free formula made with caviar and protein complex that helps restore elasticity. Can you say, "winning"? This shampoo is excellent for someone who has recently suffered heat or chemical damage and wants to jump-start the road to recovery.

Protein Shampoos

If your hair is suffering from a lack of protein, the answer isn't to run to the shower every day. Shampoo can fix many problems, but a protein deficiency isn't one of them. That doesn't mean to skip cleansing your hair either, instead, make sure that you're using best protein-based shampoo to help jumpstart the repair process. The only way to bounce back from a protein hair issue is to either dive head first into a deep conditioning regimen or pull out your shears and cut off the damage. Most people don't wish to cut off their damaged hair. Which leaves the door open for protein-rich products that will keep your hair healthy and able to maintain a style longer than usual.

It's a 10 Miracle Shampoo Plus Keratin

The proof is in the pudding with this shampoo. The name gives away just how many benefits you can expect from only one use, then add in the interests of keratin! This shampoo is on the pricey side, but it's a go-to product when you feel like your hair is suffering and in need of a boost. This shampoo protects from sun, heat, and thermal damage while also fighting humidity. Don't let frizz take over your style, try out this shampoo to extend your style.

Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Shampoo

This five-star rated product is made just for those of us who sometimes forget to take care of our hair at night. Okay, maybe not only for us, but Bead Head shampoo is great when you need to completely reset your hair after a night (or week) of damaging activity. This product not only revives your hair but also helps to prevent split ends and restore your hairs natural shine.

Hask Smoothing Keratin Protein Shampoo

Our hair is made up of keratin protein that keeps it stable, so it's only appropriate that we add more when it's lacking. Wash your hair with this shampoo and notice a difference. This shampoo does what many other protein-based shampoos can't; It leaves your hair soft. This product is sulfate and paraben free and is gentle enough to use on color-treated hair. Use this shampoo just once weekly to take a break from your wash routine.

Paul Mitchell Super Strong Daily Shampoo

Most people will advise against using a protein shampoo on a daily basis. But when Paul Mitchell tells you it's okay, then it's okay – okay? In all seriousness, you need to do what's best for your hair. Just because a product says it's for daily use does not mean that you have to use it as such. The great part is that this product works so well that no matter how infrequently you use it, you'll always reap the benefits.

Dry Shampoos

If there's any way to avoid washing your hair totally, it's dry shampoo. While it's important to wash your hair on a regular basis, sometimes it's appropriate to skip the water-based washes and need to go for the dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are a powder-based cleanser that you spray on the roots of your hair to absorb excess oils and temporarily freshen your hair. Dry shampoos aren't meant to be the final solution to your hair cleansing needs, but when used correctly they are a great addition to a well-balanced hair care regimen. If you're worried that you're washing your hair too frequently, then try throwing in some dry shampoo to add a few days to your hairstyle.

Coconut Oil Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo

Everyone knows that if you want to boost the hydration in your hair, you'll need a product with coconut oil. This dry shampoo boost coconut oil at the top of its ingredients list and also pulls in some other heavy hitters such as vanilla fruit and gardenia. If you only need to add some fragrance to your hair, and not wash your hair, skip the traditional shampoo and grab a bottle of the OGX dry shampoo.

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Not all dry shampoos are created equal, and the Aveda dry shampoo proves that point. The dry shampoo boasts having 25 flowers and plant essence. It's appropriate for all hair types, and in addition to absorbing excess oils, it also removes impurities from your hair. This dry shampoo will leave you with seemingly new strands ready to slay your hairstyle for another week.

Original Batiste Dry Shampoo

Sometimes you have to stick with what works. This dry shampoo has withstood the test of time and has not disappointed. If you're not interested in the thrills and frills and you're just looking for something that will deliver. Run down to your local drug store and grab a bottle of this dry shampoo in a variety of scents or go unscented. You won't be disappointed.

Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo

If you're looking for a dry shampoo that delivers a two-in-one, the Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo will be your new favorite! This product not only helps control oil but also aids in styling by adding volume to limp locks. To achieve more volume in your hair, spray a small amount onto the roots of your hair and tousle. Be sure not to spray too much product as it can be drying. When used correctly this product can extend your wash and revive your hair back to its freshly washed glory.

Dove Detoxify and Purify Dry Shampoo

This product is the dry shampoo for your dry shampoo. Dove hit the jackpot with the detoxify and purify shampoo. This product removes impurities, freshens, refreshes, and absorbs oils. You couldn't ask for much more in a dry shampoo. This dry shampoo is great if you have a sensitive scalp and need to use gentle products. Dove is known for adequately addressing skin sensitivity. If you want to extend your time between washes, without the use of irritating products, then this shampoo belongs in your shopping cart.

Wash Less, Slay More

Shampooing your hair is a vital part of growing healthy hair. However, it's easy to get so focused on our hair goals and trying to maintain a bomb hairstyle that we forget that it's okay to skip a wash day, or two! Remember, healthy hair is all about balance. If you're maintaining a consistent shampoo and deep conditioning regimen, protecting your hair at night and using heat minimally, then you won't need to wash your hair excessively. What are your favorite shampoos that allow you to wash your hair less? Leave a comment and share the brands you love. Don't forget to like our Facebook page and turn on your notifications to stay up to date on the latest happenings with Private Label Extensions.
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Learn How Charcoal Shampoo Gives You The Cleanest Hair

Learn How Charcoal Shampoo Gives You The Cleanest Hair

There’s A New Product for Your Hair

A new product is hitting the shelves helping to keep your hair and scalp clean. The charcoal shampoo is the latest wave in hair care. While charcoal has been around in beauty and hygiene for some time, the shampoo is a new concept. It’s not the charcoal itself but the activated ingredients that have people talking about it.

Activated Charcoal Isn’t New to Beauty

We use activated charcoal to brush our teeth, clean our faces, even as a hangover cure. The mineral can soak up 100-200 times its weight in impurities and rids our skin on dirt, flakes, and oils. If you're new to what activated charcoal does for your hair’s health, it’s a mineral that attracts impurities. Whether you have clogged pores, dirt, or build up ...there’s nothing it can’t fight against. Usually seen in toothpaste and facial cleansers, activated charcoal is known for getting to the root of many problems. While most of the facial cleansers that have activated charcoal can be too harsh on skin, the shampoo works for all hair types.

Why It’s Time to Switch To A Charcoal Shampoo

Just like the facial cleaners, activated charcoal shampoo is no different when it comes to cleansing. No matter the level of dirt and build up in your hair, the shampoo will cleanse it, and it causes minimal damage. Unlike most shampoos, activated charcoal is mineral based and doesn’t contain chemicals. This is an ideal shampoo for those who have color in their hair. The minerals solely work to remove the toxins without stripping the hair of color.

Benefits of Activated Charcoal Shampoo

Bye, bye toxins

You can’t stress how important it is for shampoo to not only clean but to purify your hair. Get beneath the surface cleanse and rid your scalp of buildup and toxins. The activated charcoal naturally absorbs the oil, dirt, and chemicals in your hair.

More volume, please

Regular shampoos still leave a residue of toxins in your scalp and hair, which isn’t good for many reasons. Using activated charcoal shampoo, there is no residue which leaves your hair lighter than before. With your hair not being held down by so much left over dirt, there’s more volume.

Natural scalp remedy

Say goodbye to itchiness and irritation on your scalp after using activated charcoal shampoo. Unlike most shampoos and hair cleansing products, toxins are pulled directly from your scalp. The activated charcoal works naturally to help your scalp breathe more after washing.

Activated Charcoal Shampoos to Consider

The benefits of the shampoo are, and many beauty and health companies are on board with selling them in store and online. While some of the shampoo products can be on the pricey side, they’re worth it. Some product lines are making the activated charcoal shampoos affordable. With so many options to choose from, here are a few to look into.

Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo -

This activated charcoal shampoo works to absorb unwanted oils leftover in the hair and scalp. The activated charcoal mineral comes from coconut shells in the Philippines.

SoCozy Splash Swim 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Wash -

This wash works best for the summer months when you’re in the sun and pool. With the activated charcoal, this wash works to restore hydration and remove chlorine from the hair.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo -

A sulfate free and tea tree oil infused combination, this shampoo deep cleanses your scalp. The activated charcoal shampoo works against scalp irritation and itchiness. Sort of Coal - Shiro Activated Charcoal Shampoo - This shampoo features white activated charcoal and works to absorb impurities. This shampoo works best for average to dry hair types and is paraben-free free of fragrances, and dyes. Voodoo Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo Bar From Australia with Organic Leatherwood Honey - A shampoo that works against scalp ailments like eczema and dandruff. This hair product leaves hair shiny and full of volume after washing. It also includes olive oil and coconut oil along with the activated charcoal ingredient.

DIY Your Shampoo

Maybe you’re still budgeting and not ready to have to pay for new hair products, that’s understandable. Or perhaps you still have good shampoo but wanting to try the activate charcoal shampoo; you can make your own at home. Just take your current shampoo and add a capsule of activated charcoal to enjoy the benefits the mineral. By combining the activated charcoal, you can enjoy a deeper cleansing wash and rid your scalp of toxins. The capsules are sold at most local stores and online with super retailers like Amazon. The capsules range in price, but most work the same.

Pro Tips When Buying Activated Charcoal Shampoo

While you may want to try every shampoo with the activated charcoal, it’s important to pay attention to a few things. When selecting your shampoo to be on the lookout for “Activated charcoal.” The main ingredient is the activated mineral to ensure the cleanest wash possible. Some shampoos may only be “Charcoal” which won’t give you the same experience. Another detail to look for is making sure your shampoo is sulfate free. Sulfate free combined with activated charcoal makes for a more gentle wash experience. The two elements combined work best for curly hair and colored hair. Lastly, be sure that your activated charcoal shampoo has an herbal oil ingredient. While the activated charcoal will ensure that your hair is clean, an oil will provide the extra moisture. You want your hair to be cleaned and repaired naturally; an essential oil will help to do that.

Treat Yourself To A Deep Cleanse

More and more people are excited about including activated charcoal in all of their beauty routines. Hair shouldn’t be any different, since it goes through so many changes, using a powerful ingredient would be best. Activated charcoal shampoo provides a different cleaning experience not just for your hair but your scalp. Free of parabens, chemicals, fragrances, and dyes, the shampoos work against the harmful chemicals in your hair. The mineral provides more than a surface level cleanses to your hair and scalp, and that is only one benefit to making the switch.
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We're Obsessed! Have You Heard of Green Tea Shampoo?

We're Obsessed! Have You Heard of Green Tea Shampoo?

So, What's The Tea?

We drink it with honey, we cleanse our skin with it, it helps us soothe those achy digestive issues, and you have probably had the matcha version in iced coffee form. If you guessed green tea, then you are correct! But, what does that have to do with our hair? My answer to that is that is has everything to do with it! Green tea is becoming more integrated into our hair care products than ever before, and this time, it is headed straight for our shampoo. Have you ever tried green tea shampoo or wondered what all of the hype surrounding it is? Green tea shampoo is said to have VItamins C and E, which both contribute to hair stimulation for your follicles and softening of the hair strands. If you are someone who continually manipulates their hair by color or by heat, then this treatment may be worth trying regarding nursing your hair back to health. Now before you head to your favorite beauty store, there are a few things that you should know such as which shampoos to invest in, how to follow up after cleansing and how to effectively lock in the moisture! There are so many different versions of green tea shampoo that trying to figure out what works best for your hair the most important.

Why Green Tea Shampoo anyway?

Aside from the fact that green tea is good for you internally, when extracted correctly for external use, it can have the same benefits. The biggest benefit that people notice when they have green tea shampoo is that their hair appears healthier and that it also prevents flaking and scalp issues from becoming too excessive. As a natural antiseptic, green tea has the ability to reduce inflammation that sparks scalp issues such as itching, psoriasis, and dandruff. So yes, green tea works on the outside as it does on the inside when it comes to calming down inflamed joint and muscle pain. As far as a bottle of shampoo, try to think of it as the condensed version of all of that hair goodness! Another huge plus about green tea is that the same antioxidants who calm down inflammation are the same ones that help prevent hair loss. How amazing is it that one item in your pantry can change your hair’s entire longevity? Pretty cool right?

Green Tea Shampoos to Try

Knowing and understanding that hair care can already be expensive, you want to maximize your new experience in the best way possible. Continue to research some of your favorite brands to see if they first offer a green tea exclusive product and then second if they do not provide a product particularly to green tea, check and see if any of their current products have green tea in them! One thing to understand is that a little bit of a good thing can actually go a very long way! Do not feel discouraged if that product that you wanted to try looks a little less deliverable because you honestly never know until you give it a go. Having these questions and thoughts in hand when setting out on the search for the perfect tea blend for your hair will save you a lot of time and money. If you do not know where to start, there are several options listed below to help you begin your search.

Herbal Essences Cucumber and Green Tea

We know this brand, and some of us love it, so it is not surprising to see that they offer a line of green tea and cucumber shampoos. Will you be trying this brand to get your hair in order? I think you should because so many of us already use this line and to be honest, it has yet to fail us!

OGX Active Beauty Shampoo- Green Tea Fitness

Here is another brand that we love and the best part about it is that we can find it in stores too. While you are busy hunting down the other products, this line offers, stop to look for this one. Its bright green casing is not hard to miss, and the scent is one to match that. OGX is known for having quality products at an affordable price so why not give this one a go?

Fuji Green Tea Purifying Shampoo

Do you remember that thing that I said about different shampoos doing different things? Well here is a perfect example of that! The Body Shop is a brand that offers amazing skin care and hair care products and knowing that this apart of their product line just made things ten times better for your hair care needs.

Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo

While this brand is a little less known as far as the market goes, reviews online seem to swoon over this product and how it leaves their hair feeling voluminous and over time healthier than when they started. So amazing hair care at an affordable price? Sign us up!

Green Tea Is Your Dream Hair Care

Now I may be exaggerating a little bit, but green tea can be a healthy substitution in your hair care routine. When it comes to working with new products, it is always safer to introduce them slowly as a variable to see how they perform. Over time you may see changes in your hair that you can contribute to the use of green tea. Shiny hair, fuller curls. More volume? No wonder this hidden gem is not widely known about! So before you try the new hair care trend that your favorite YouTuber is selling to you, try this first.
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Finding the Best Shampoo for Your Hair Type

Finding the Best Shampoo for Your Hair Type

Live, Learn, and Get A Better Shampoo

When I was younger, I had a theory that if it went down the drain, then it didn't matter, and boy, was I wrong. Naturally, the years when I had that mindset were also the years when my hair went through it's hardest transitions. My hair was often dry, brittle, and not flourishing at all. Finally, I had a hair stylist that explained to me the importance of using shampoo that was compatible with my hair type. Even though I had relaxed hair at the time, I've carried her advice with me throughout the years and into my natural hair journey. The type of shampoo you use matters and should be compatible with your hair type and your hair goals.

Why Is Shampoo So Important?

Just like a shower, your shampoo sets the tone for the rest of your hair care regimen. A shower cleanses your body and removes dirt, odors, and build-up leaving a clean canvas to reapply moisture and fresh scents. The same is true for your shampoo. Over time, our hair gathers dirt from the environment and our hair products, and this dirt builds upon our scalps. Shampoos cleanse our scalps making for a healthy growth environment. Since our hair grows from our scalp, it's essential that we create a routine of cleaning and condition our hair regularly. The type of shampoo you use matters because each hair type comes with its own unique set of challenges.

Shampoos for Kinky Hair Types

If your hair is kinky hair type, then you most likely deal with dryness and matting. I know this struggle first hand, as certain spots of my hair are of the kinky texture. It's the job of your conditioner to moisturize your hair, but your shampoo can set the atmosphere to help balance and retain that moisture.

Soften Your Kinky Hair

The right shampoo for your kinky hair type will stabilize your hair's pH balance and cleanse your scalp which is the perfect canvas for reaping the benefits of a deep conditioner. Look for shampoos that have softening ingredients such as avocado and olive oils. It's crucial that you stay away from shampoos that have silicones in them. Silicones form a barrier over your hair that doesn't allow moisture out or in. Select a bottle of shampoo that not only cleanses your scalp but also preps your cuticle for a splash of hydration.

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo

The title of this shampoo tells you everything you need to know. It works magic on kinky hair by removing product build-up without stripping the natural oils necessary for your hair to thrive. The key ingredient in this product is the Shea Butter which leaves your hair smooth and shiny.

Shampoos for Curly Hair

Curly hair can be a bit of a puzzle. One second your curls are soft and bouncy, and the next moment they are lifeless and dry. It may seem like the benefits of your wash day don't last long for your curls. It's vital that your shampoo is entirely cleansing as the product can build up within the twists and turns of your uber textured hair.

Nourish Your Curly Hair

You need a shampoo that is strong enough to remove dirt and debris but gentle enough to let your hair beautifully bounce back. Watch out for shampoos that have silicones. While a modest use of silicones may have a good effect on curly hair, too many silicones will prevent essential oils from penetrating your hair shaft and potentially cause long-term issues. Instead, search for nourishing products like ones that contain coconut oil. Coconut oils have fatty acids that help protect the protein in curly hair. The same protein needed to make your curls pop.

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo

This product is for thick and curly hair, and it's a favorite among the curly hair community. It has with everything you need to cleanse and nourish your curls plus it has a fantastic scent that lasts all week long. With elements like Neem and Coconut oil, this product has everything you need to rid your curls of harmful buildup. A bonus is that it's free of harmful ingredients like parabens and sulfates, so this shampoo will keep your scalp clean and healthy in between washes.

Shampoos for Wavy Hair

Wavy hair is the unicorn of the hair textures because it balances somewhere between straight and curly. Wavy hair manages to respect and defy gravity simultaneously. A challenge of having wavy hair is finding products that are capable of controlling your waves without weighing them down. If you have wavy hair, then you need a product that is light. But also can remove heavy oils and other buildups that can leave your hair limp and lifeless.

Tame Your Wavy Hair

You may think that the task of taming your wavy hair belongs to your styling products. But the truth is that gorgeous waves begin with the shampoo you use. If your waves have become dry and wiry, then you're likely not using the right shampoo for your hair type. Jojoba oil is great for wavy hair because it does not penetrate the hair shaft. Instead, Jojoba oil sits on the hair shaft and seals in moisture. Also, Jojoba oil is the oil that best resembles the Sebum that our scalps product naturally.

EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo

This EDEN shampoo is rated high among those with wavy hair due to its lightweight properties and moisturizing elements. The Monoi oil helps to prevent breakage and promote growth while the Jojoba seals in moisture which reduces the chances of stripping the hair of too many oils. A plus is that this product is dye and aluminum-free which means less of the harmful ingredients and more of the good with each wash.

Shampoos for Straight Hair

The biggest myth about straight hair is that it's the most manageable hair type to maintain. All hair types come with their share of challenges, and straight hair is no exception. If your hair is straight, you probably contend with product build-up that makes your roots and strands look like noodles drenched in grease. Your over-oily hair may tempt you to wash it on a daily basis, but don't give in! Shampooing your straight hair is just as harmful as never shampooing your hair. Instead of reaching for your shampoo bottle every day, swap it for a super nourishing shampoo that will revive your hair.

Revitalize Your Straight Hair

Just because your hair hangs, doesn't mean that it can't hang tough! A clean scalp is the best way to showcase your strands and allow your tresses to flow. It's crucial that you avoid heavy shampoos such as creams that will leave a weighty residue on your hair. Instead, look for gel-based cleansers that rinse off clean and leave behind the right amount of moisture for your hair type. Avoid heavier oils such an olive and castor oils for straight hair. They are too heavy for your strands. Even if your hair is thick, these oils will sit on top the hair instead of penetrating your hair shaft. Consider using products that include almond oil. Almond oil is a light oil that helps remove accumulated dead cells from the hair while protecting the moisture level within the hair shaft.

Redken All Soft Shampoo

Okay, I have a confession: I don't have naturally straight hair, but I always keep a bottle of this shampoo in my hair product collection. This shampoo not only smells fantastic, but it feels like a conditioner. It leaves your hair smooth and moisturized, and any deep conditioner to follow will be the icing on the cake. Don't take my word for it. This product is created to treat the entire hair shaft and also add a slight lift to the roots. It also promotes manageability and shine.

Shampoos for Special Scalp Issues

Sometimes our scalps go bonkers, and we need to try something new to get them back on track. A change in climate, medication, diet, and stress all play a role in the overall health and function of your scalp. If you're noticing that things with your scalp are a little off, then start by switching up your usual shampoo.

Best Shampoo for Dandruff

If your hair is producing its snow, then you've probably got an issue with dandruff. Dandruff is dead skin that can be a pest if not treated correctly. There are many causes for dandruff, but the right shampoo can help rid you of your pesky fallout.

Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

You probably guessed that Head and Shoulders shampoo would make this list. That's because the product works. If you have excessive dandruff that interferes with your everyday life (like, you avoid wearing dark colors at all costs), then you need to try this product. The great thing about this product is that it not only removes dandruff. But it works proactively by protecting your scalp from creating more dandruff.

Best Shampoo for Dry, Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp is a lousy environment for healthy hair growth. Our scalps are supposed to produce sebum that nourishes our hair follicles. If you notice that your scalp is itchy and dry, then you need to use a bottle of shampoo that will help amp up your moisture and give you relief without leaking too much oil onto your hair strands.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo

When it comes to Paul Mitchell products, you know that you'll get results. This shampoo delivers what it promises. As a girl with a dry, itchy scalp, this shampoo is a life saver when my scalp is driving me crazy. The tea tree and mint combo help to soothe my itch and the formula adds needed moisture to my otherwise desert-like scalp. I don't use this product often, but when I notice that my itchiness begins to flare back up, this is the shampoo container that I use.

Best Shampoo for Oily Hair

While most of us with textured hair are trying to replenish the oils that we lose, there are some women tasked with trying to control the oils their hair produces. Having an oily scalp is the exact opposite of having a dry scalp yet it can be just as much of a nuisance. If a run through your hair only one day after shampoo leaves your hands feeling slick, then you might have an overproduction of oil. The best way to battle your oily hair is to use a clarifying shampoo. Many avoid using clarifying shampoos too often because they strip the hair of necessary oils that help maintain a healthy growth environment. If your hair is producing too much oil, you'll need to remove it regularly to make room for the extra oils that your scalp will produce.

Nexxus Hydra Light Weightless Moisture Rebalancing Shampoo

This cleansing shampoo does it job with no harm done. This product is made with deep sea minerals and can remove oils while profoundly moisturizing the hair gently. This product is light-weight. Therefore, you can use it regularly or choose to alternate between your regular shampoo without drying out your hair.

Your Shampoo Matters

Every step of your haircare process impacts your hairstyling result and the overall health of your hair. Don't skip over your shampoo by thinking that you can rectify the damage with your conditioner and moisturizing products. It's important to make an honest assessment of your hair type and hair care issues. If you're unsure if something will work for you, buy it while it on sale and give it a few shots before you make a final decision that way you don't feel like you're wasting your money if it doesn't work out. Your shampoo is, and it's vital to the health of your hair that you find the right shampoo for your hair type. I want to hear from you! Leave a comment and share what your hair type is and what is your go-to shampoo? Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @privatelabelextensions for more hair inspiration.
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Can Dry Shampoo Give You Bald Spots?

Can Dry Shampoo Give You Bald Spots?

Our Favorite Hair Quick-Fix And Bald Spots

Dry shampoos have gained substantial popularity in recent years as the perfect tool to last us until wash day. Some women absolutely use their dry shampoo for eliminating their oily scalps and strands. They also use it for giving them back those extra minutes of their time in the morning. However, some people have complained about bald spots! Who would not want more time to sleep in during the week? Dry shampoo also has lovely fragrances that add that extra luxurious touch to have a great hair day. Dry shampoo has great benefits, but do these benefits come at the cost of hair loss? There have been several claims in the past few years of women contributing their hair loss and thinning to the use of their dry shampoo. One woman even took her hair balding complaints to Facebook and publicly denounced the so-called benefits of dry shampoo. She urged women everywhere to wash their hair regularly simply. Is this simple hack causing more harm than good? Let’s dive into the harsh reality of dry shampoos to discover if it is worth the hassle.

This Is Not New

Companies want us to believe that dry shampoo is a new trendy phenomenon only recently discovered, but the concept of dry shampoos has been around for centuries. Ancient Asian cultures used dry clay to color their hair as well as absorb oily hair. Additionally, 17th century Europeans and Americans used powder to disinfect and deodorize hair and high fashion wigs. With a concept that has been around for so long, it is hard to believe that problems are only recently arising. Are there new additions to our 21st-century formula that may be contributing to our hair ailments?

What Is Dry Shampoo?

The first clarification we should establish is that dry shampoo is not technically shampoo at all. According to Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, dry shampoo is any product that absorbs oils and deodorizes without the use of water. Previously, dry shampoo took the form of powder but has recently been applied using an aerosol can for convenience. Dry shampoo does not cleanse the hair like a traditional shampoo. Our scalp contains sebaceous glands, which produces a natural oil in our hair called sebum. Sebum is our hair’s natural defense against the environment. However, depending on your curl pattern, hair type and texture determines the amount and frequency of sebum the scalp produces. Typically, those with straight and wavy hair experience more oil production. Those with fine hair deal with the effects of hair weighed down with oil. Dry shampoo’s job is to absorb this access oil. This gives the appearance of clean hair and occasionally helps our hairstyles from the salon last a little longer.

Let’s Look At The Facts

Does dry shampoo cause bald spots and hair loss? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not simple. According to numerous hair experts, dermatologists and bloggers. There are tons of claims against the trendy hair product as well as those that rave about its benefits. Companies have given this age-old product a facelift for convenience and accessibility. Additives have transformed dry shampoo from sun-dried clay to a beauty companion. Perhaps, it is the new features of this product that are causing many women to face the cruel reality of bald spots.

It’s In The Can

Aerosol cans have replaced the traditional powder application of dry shampoo. The ingredients, and chemicals present in the new formula affect the hair and experience. With aerosol cans, various chemicals such as ether, butane, and polymers are introduced into your scalp and hair. They are also introduced through your lungs and skin eventually gaining access to your bloodstream. These chemicals and ingredients can disrupt the natural hair growth process and add additional substances to the hair follicles and scalp. These disruptions inhibit the growth of your hair. They also clog follicles and increase the risk of hair loss. The more that one uses the aerosol dry shampoo, the more the skin absorbs the product into the skin. With an increased absorption rate, more chemicals are deposited onto the scalp. This increases the likelihood of bald spots. There have been numerous studies on the effects of aerosol hair products. We encourage you to do some research of your own to find the best products for your hair as well as your lifestyle.

The New Wash Day

I have to reiterate that dry shampoo is not a means to replace washing your hair with traditional shampoo. Dry shampoo does not cleanse despite its name. This is the reason most women may get in trouble with this product. Dry shampoo absorbs oils and adds a fragrance to the hair. Without adequately cleansing the hair, dry shampoo and other products buildup on the hair. This clogs pores and hair follicles, and prevents hair from growing. Dry shampoo is merely a quick-fix to hair woes in between washing. However, it cannot replace washing your hair. When you wash your hair, you remove oil and dirt and product buildup and debris from your environment. Although our lives have become significantly busier, we cannot sacrifice the health and growth of hair for convenience. Many women begin to experience bald spots and hair loss when they opt to use only dry shampoo. This bad for your body and hair health. Healthy hair is the foundation of the beautiful styles and looks you want to accomplish. Dry shampoo is not the new wash day and could negatively affect your scalp with hair loss and balding.

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Dry shampoo is not all bad. Some stylists swear by it as the perfect product to style with. For the modern busy women, dry shampoo can be a great way to go from the gym to the office without looking ridiculous. There are a lot of convenience hacks and tips that allow everyone who uses the product to live simpler and more effective lives. However, the issue comes in when we take advantage of the simple moments dry shampoo provides to us. Washing is essential to hair health as well as typical hygiene. Our hair experiences effects from debris in the environment, the sun, and especially from the tons of hair products that we can sometimes bombard our hair. Also, the sebaceous glands have to work overtime to produce sebum to help protect and nourish our hair. There has not been a direct link to dry shampoos causing bald spots. However, the ugly truth is that dry shampoos can cause product buildup and clogged pores, which increases the likelihood of hair loss. Taking care of the hair we have, gives us access to the beautiful hairstyles to try with our hair. Sometimes it is best to give our hair a rest entirely and declutter our hair arsenals to reduce the number of products on our hair, especially during the summer.

Preventative Measures

There are several ways that you can take preventative measures to ensure that your hair remains in good health. You also can still have the convenience of using your dry shampoo!

Recommended Wash Routine

The frequency of your wash day strongly depends on your hair’s texture, curl pattern and condition as well as your lifestyle. For example, women with curly to kinky hair are advised to wash their hair less often than those with straight or wavy hair. The reason is that the sebum takes longer to travel down the turns and twists of curls rather than straight hair. That is why those with straight hair can have the appearance of oily buildup versus someone with kinky hair. Also, someone who workouts out four times a week will need to wash their hair more often than someone who does not work out because of the buildup of salt in the hair. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hair at least once per week. You never want to go too long without washing your hair. Skipping wash days will irritate your scalp, which may increase balding. Some stylists recommend using dry shampoo only once per week while others say that using it up to twice per week is beneficial. Use the facts listed here as well as results from your own research to determine the best frequency of using dry shampoo on your hair. Keep in mind that the more often you use dry shampoo the more often you will need to wash your hair to maintain a clean and fresh scalp. A clean scalp increases your hair’s ability to grow thick and luscious.

Choose Your Weapon

If you cannot live without dry shampoo, then try exploring all the options for alleviating oil buildup on your scalp and maintaining that fresh style. With the popularity of dry shampoo, companies are experimenting with different forms to beat out the competition. Use this to your advantage to choose the best type for your hair and lifestyle. Aerosol cans are an option because they are easy to use and less messy than other product. However, you can skip the aerosol additives by trying out the powder form dry shampoo. Although more hands-on, powder dry shampoo can still absorb your hair’s oil and many products use fragrances to deodorize the hair. For my vegan babes and DIYers out there, Pinterest has numerous recipes to create your own dry shampoo customizable to your hair color and scent preferences. With ingredients like cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda and essential oils, you have control of the elements added to your hair and the bonus of bragging rights to all your friends on how you only make your own products.

What’s The Verdict?

With the plethora of horror stories online of women claiming that their dry shampoo has contributed to the bald spots and hair loss, it is easy to get worried. There are mixed messages and advice circling the internet about how to prevent these issues. The fact of the matter is that there has not been any proven correlation between dry shampoo and bald spots. Even though the concept of dry shampoo has been around for centuries, our new spin with extra ingredients is relatively new. It will take a few more years before science can run enough tests to determine results of dry shampoo use. Excessively using dry shampoo without properly cleansing your hair and scalp can inhibit hair growth and ultimately lead to hair loss and bald spots that may not be reversible. Take preventative measures to ensure the optimal health of your hair at all times even when experimenting with the latest hair care trend. Your hair health is not worth the fad. Do you use dry shampoo in your hair care routine? Have you ever experienced bald spots from this product? What is your take on this issue? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comment section below! We have to look out for each other and look out for our hair!
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Lush Has New Shampoo Bars! Get Into Them!

Lush Has New Shampoo Bars! Get Into Them!

What Are Shampoo Bars?

Lately, in the haircare world, shampoo bars have been all the craze. Now, as someone who is just now getting settled into the world of hair, I admit that I sometimes can’t keep up. There are so many different products that hit the market at once. Sometimes, the product will stick, and consumers will buy. Sometimes, the product won’t hold, and consumers won’t buy. The most important products hit the market and make the biggest mark. Shampoo bars have been the most significant thing to hit the market lately, but what are they even? It seems like the “no shampoo” faze was going to last a lifetime, so why make something like a shampoo bar? Well, the well-known skin, hair, and beauty care company decided to make shampoo bars and people love them! Of course, with any new product, there are pros and cons. I haven’t had the chance to try them, but plenty of my friends have. There have been mixed reviews, but so far, people don’t have anything terrible to say. We’ve gathered up all the pros and cons of Lush’s new shampoo bars, where to get them, and whether you should. Let’s get into it!

Why A Shampoo Bar?

There’s not a serious reason as to why you should use shampoo bars over liquid shampoo. The biggest reason that comes to mind is convenience. Using a bar instead of liquid is a little more convenient. My only question would be whether it would last very long since it’s out in the open. Bars of material do diminish more quickly. Shampooing isn’t an everyday thing either. However, despite all that, they are easy to travel around with. Also, Lush is known for making their products with organic ingredients. Their shampoo bars are any different. It’s been said that shampoo bars, specifically Lush’s bars, are fantastic for bringing your hair to a voluptuous, and shiny state. Lush shampoo bars don’t strip hair the same way that a regular shampoo cleanser would, especially since their ingredients tend to be on the natural side. After using one of these shampoo bars, you should notice a difference in your hair. The texture of your wet hair should be softer! Shampoo bars also don’t include any of the additives used in commercial shampoos such as ammonium sulfate, or sodium sulfate. Changing to a Lush Shampoo bar may change the way you look at shampoo. After reading about all the pros, I decided that I’m going to buy some and try them out.

So, Why Not?

I know that Lush shampoo bars sound like a complete win, and they can be! However, you’ll need to consider some things. Although some of the products are said to be organic, some of them have had harmful ingredients before. Before purchasing, make sure that you read the label, and ask your Lush representative! Whenever I want to try a new product, I look up reviews from random people, and from people that I trust. I also want to make sure that the people I ask, have hair textures similar to mine. When getting a review, you always want to make sure that the person knows what your hair texture is like, and how this new product can affect it. The new Lush bars have a waxy consistency. The wax tends to build up in hair. If you have kinky or curly hair, this will be a more frequent issue. Experts call it “Soap Scum.” It occurs because the shampoo bars are made from oils and alkali which reacts with water when you use it. The bar can tangle up your hair depending on your hair texture and how it responds to different products. However, despite this, there is a fix for this issue. People, with kinky hair that have used the product before suggest cutting the shampoo bar into pieces before using it. By doing this, you’ll be able to apply it much more comfortable and much quicker. If you’re still lost on how to use a shampoo bar, try watching some tutorials to get you up to date.

Which Ones Should I Try?

So, the verdict on Lush shampoo bars is still out there, but you should try them. There are about five different Lush bars that are the most popular on the market right now. Lush shampoo bars are made to last, but that’ll be up to you after you use the product! If you do buy any of them, the ones that you should purchase are Brazilliant, New, Jumping Juniper, Honey I washed my hair, and Godiva. In total, there are about 15 shampoo bars on the market. Brazilliant is terrific for easing frizz and smells fantastic. New is perfect for getting that clean feeling that is needed after a long week. Jumping Juniper is a balancing lavender shampoo bar made to relieve stress while you wash. Honey, I washed my hair has a fantastic, sweet scent and is used best when paired with colored hair. Finally, Godiva is a wash and condition combo that will leave your hair feeling softer than ever before. All of the shampoo bars are amazing, but these five have gotten the most buzz in my opinion. Also, since I’m focused on kinky hair, I’m going to use the ones that I feel work best for my hair. Make sure that you check your hair texture, and condition before applying a new product like a shampoo bar. Lush representatives are typically super kind and will help you find something that works for you!

Go Out And Try It!

As with any new product, there are always pros and cons. Lush is always trying new things, and these shampoo bars seem to be doing well in public. Don’t be afraid to try them. Make sure that you check the ingredient before trying them out. Make sure you choose something that works for your hair type and condition. Trying new things can be fun, especially when they deal with your hair care regimen. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous, but be mindful of all the necessary information. Lush makes amazing products, and we’re sure that these are fantastic. Let us know what you think of them if you’ve tried them!
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Reasons Why You Should Start Using A pH Balanced Shampoo

Reasons Why You Should Start Using A pH Balanced Shampoo

Balancing Your Hairs pH Can Be as Easy

Can you believe that just like our bodies our hair has a pH as well? The shampoo that you choose can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and health of your tresses. For those of you who may not know the general understanding of pH, it is found in most compound products and can either be acidic or alkaline. Any shampoo that claims to be pH balanced should be on the slightly acidic side, whereas the average conditioners are more on the chemical side. If you want to maintain your curls vibrant color, shine, texture, and overall health it is essential to know how the pH levels in your shampoo or other products can affect your locks. You don't have to be a wiz at chemistry to understand how pH works, and thankfully you have us to help you out every step of the way. If you want to have the healthiest hair, I suggest you sit back and dive into this impressive list of all the reasons why you should start using pH balanced shampoos.

The Basics of the pH Scale

If you were never a fan of chemistry, I understand entirely. But if you remember a little about pH balances, then this will be a significant flashback for you. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14 and in the middle, seven is neutral. The lower numbers between 1 and six would be acidic, and the higher numbers 8 through 14 are alkaline. The amount of hydrogen in a solution will determine if it is more alkaline or acidic. Many people do not know that shampoos have varying levels that can be healthy or damaging to your tresses. Most shampoos don't list its pH levels on the back of the bottles, and if its pH higher, the content will be harsher. The best level for any shampoo would be between 5 and 7 and trust me any product that would promote the health of your hair would have these numbers on their bottle. Now You may be wondering how does pH levels encourage and establish a healthy mane? Well, allow us to explain.

How Does pH Levels Promote Healthy Hair?

So, there are many reasons how pH levels affect our tresses. Our hair consists of tiny shafts that we call our cuticles. Water and a chemical product would cause these scales to open and expose the inside of the hair shaft. You do not want your cuticle shaft to open, ideally because it will show your scalp and there will be nothing to protect it from harmful elements like the sun or chemicals. To avoid anything terrible from happening you would want to choose a bottle of shampoo that is more acidic or at a lower pH level so that it can keep moisture in the hair shaft. So, now that you know how different levels of pH promote healthy hair let's get into the reasons why you all need to invest in pH balanced shampoo's.

They Help When You Have Color Hair

So, for any of my ladies who love to dye their hair, buying a pH balance shampoo will be a huge lifesaver. When you dye your mane, the coloring opens the small shafts so that root or cuticle can absorb the color. Our scalp naturally produces oil that is slightly acid, and that is to prevent our hair from drying out. When this process takes place, it will, in turn, close those hair shafts, but if you frequently dye your curls your scalp will produce too much of this oil, and it will make your locks look greasy. If you are suffering from oily or dry tresses due to hair coloring then this is where pH balance shampoo comes into play, it helps close the cuticles and keep them that way. And if that is not a plus, it also prevents the scalp from producing too much oil after excessively exposing your tresses to harsh chemicals. At the end of the day who knew that you could have healthy looking strands after you dye them repeatedly? Well with this fantastic product the sky is the limit, so we would suggest you invest in this shampoo if any of these cases apply to you.

Closes the Cuticle and Helps Prevent the Common Cold

Do you ever wash your hair and hours, or days afterward realize that you have the sniffles or the common cold? Well, it could be due to the shampoo you are using. The outer part of our hair, we name it the cuticle, consists of overlapping scales. Alkaline products cause the scales to open and exposes the shaft of our hair. Since the exposing cortex is now open, it takes a while for it to close causing the cold air to encounter our scalp and make us sick. The only way to shut these shafts is to have a slightly acidic shampoo that can return it to its natural state. I know that no one probably thinks that the products they're using would have any direct correlation with getting the cold. But, nothing new should surprise you. The other benefit of having the cuticle close is that it will seal in the color of your hair keeping a shiny coat and a healthier appearance. I hope that now after reading this information, you feel the urge to go out and invest in this fantastic shampoo.

Helps Treat A Flaky Scalp

Sometimes having a flaky scalp is hereditary. Our scalps natural sebum oil has a pH of 2.5 if any product is higher than that it will dry it out cause our scalp to flake uncontrollably. Also, if too much of our sebum is dry, then it can cause dandruff and itching that can be extremely uncomfortable. You would think purchasing over the counter dandruff shampoos would help the issue, but it is full of alkaline so while it does get rid of dirt, bacteria, and dandruff, it will also leave your hair shafts open for more damage to occur. If you or someone you know is suffering from a flaky scalp issue try to use products with a pH balance of 6 or 7. This helps to fight off flakes and cleanse the scalp without taking away too much of our natural oils, we naturally produce. In addition to purchasing these shampoos also make sure your hair care products have a sulfate-free formula. These products will not dry out your curls, and since they are gentle to use they will not strip away any hair color or dye that you are rocking. An excellent way to know if the shampoo you are using has sulfates in them is if they burn or sting when they encounter your eyes, they should not be painful or dry out your skin the process. So, be sure to keep all these tips in mind if you are dealing with a flaky scalp.

Prevents Hair Damage

If you are someone suffering from split ends, or damaging hair it could be due to the shampoo that you are using. When moisture is in the cortex of your hair shaft, and it remains closed it helps keep the flexibility in your strands. If by any chance moisture escapes from your scalp, your tresses will instantly become dry, look duller, and you are more likely to develop split ends. Shampoo that has high levels of alkaline in it increases the negative electrical charges of the hair fiber surface, when this happens there will be an increase of friction between the strands, and in return will lead to cuticle damage and breakage. Investing in lower level pH shampoo's will cause less frizzing because it is generating less static electricity in the hair. So, spending a little bit more time and money now could add years of life to your hair later, if you have the time check out the labels on your shampoos to see what type of pH level they hold.

Beneficial For Frizzy Hair

Since we're talking about frizzy hair, it's no question that investing in a pH balance shampoo will be amazing for those of you who deal with wild, unmanageable curls. Remember that alkaline pH increases the negative electrical charge of the hair fibers thus creating a frizzy effect. When you have curly hair, it is more likely that you will deal with excessive combing, loss of strands, and long nights styling up your locks. Try looking for a bottle of shampoo with a pH balance of around 5 or 6. This is just the right number of acidic compounds that will help keep your cuticles not open and have them producing an average healthy amount of sebum oils. This product is overall good on kinky hair as well. You will find that once you start using a pH balanced shampoo, you will have a more defined curl pattern and as a result. It'll make it a lot easier to style your hair in the mornings and throughout the day. There is no reason to succumb to the idea of unruly frizzy hair, you have products like pH balanced shampoo out there to help. So, if any of these circumstances apply to you ask you salon or hairstylist for further questions and advice.

Prevents Oily Hair

As you will hear me repeatedly say in this blog post, our scalp produces oil that keeps our hair shiny and healthy. Since this oil is acidic, it helps keep our hair shaft close. Unfortunately, most shampoos contain detergents that bond with oil, thus allowing that healthy sebum to wash away whenever we clean our tresses. If too much of our hairs natural oil strips away then our scalp will go into overtime to produce more to compensate the loss. And in the process will cause us to have oily hair, which is not attractive. If your locks are too greasy, it will become dirtier a lot faster. This is why choosing shampoo with an acidic pH balance will be extremely helpful. It's crazy to think that by our bodies trying to help us it an in a twist of events cause more damage than good. Thankfully creators have given us this fantastic product, because who knows how much longer we would have to deal with the inconvenience of oily hair. If these issues sound like something that you can relate to far too well, think about investing in these beneficial shampoos.

Will You Invest a pH Balanced Shampoo?

I hope now understanding pH levels doesn't feel like rocket science anymore. This information is vital because it has a direct correlation on the effects of the health of your hair. The next time you choose shampoo or see your stylist at your local salon I have a feeling you'll be asking tons of questions on the pH levels of the products that they are using. I believe that before you get any treatment on your hair that you should ask a specialist about the current health of your strands and what you can do to help them achieve their full shine and color. Remember that pH balanced shampoos are clinically proven to improve the overall health of your scalp and hair. Every choice you make when it comes down to the products you choose to use on your hair can have either a positive or negative consequence. Imagine using a bottle of shampoo that does not strip too much of your natural oil sebum away and in the process reduces dryness, frizz, tangling, and breakage. If you don't invest in anything new this year, then let pH balance shampoo but the first thing that you try. I hope that this list has you feeling positive about the benefits of this product. If you have or are thinking of investing in pH balanced shampoo, please tell us all about it in the comments down below.
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How Dry Shampoo Does More Harm Than Good

How Dry Shampoo Does More Harm Than Good

Is Dry Shampoo Harming Your Hair?

Picture this: it’s a hot, summer day and you’re outside at a backyard barbeque having the best time! You’re dancing around, eating good food and enjoying the beautiful weather. Now that the fun is over, you’re heading straight to the shower to get cleaned up. There’s only one problem – all of the sweat and outside scents are still in your hair, and you don’t have time to wash your hair. We’ve all been there. So, what do you do to refresh your hair without thoroughly washing it? The quick fix that most of us are probably familiar with from past use is to apply dry shampoo. Using dry shampoo in your hair is a fast and efficient way to make your hair look and feel cleaner, right? Fast, yes. Efficient, maybe not so much.

What is Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a product that comes in the form of a powder or spray which works to “cleanse” the hair without the use of water. The product soaks up the excess oils in your hair and gives it a fresher scent, eliminating the time it takes to wash your hair. For years, people have turned to dry shampoo to revive their hair and to control their greasy scalp. It also works if you’re looking to add more body to your hair or to add more “hold” when styling. Although many tend to turn to dry shampoo because of its various benefits, the effects of excessively using dry shampoo are damaging to the health of your hair.

Why You Shouldn’t Make a Habit of Using Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo does more harm than good to your hair. Let’s start with the basics – it is not an alternative to your regular wash routine. It’s only an option for you when you’re in need of a fast solution to oily, dirty hair. It does not give you the cleaning that your hair needs on a regular basis. Dry shampoo can sometimes leave behind residue because a lot of the products use formulas that are heavy on the hair. You’re adding another product on top of the leave-in products that you already have in your hair. I don’t know about you, but I hate the feeling of having product build-up in my hair! For all of my hair color lovers, please note that dry shampoo is designed to create a matte look, so it is going to make your color appear dull. If you want to maintain hair color that looks healthy and shiny, you should think twice before applying this product. Now, that we’ve touched the surface of why dry shampoo is bad for your hair, let me welcome you to Hair and Scalp Health: 101. Take some notes – you’re going to need them if you’re a dry shampoo lover! Beyond hair color, there’s the issue of scalp damage. Shampooing your hair during wash day requires exfoliation which successfully rids your hair of bacteria, dirt, dead skin and other forms of build-up that occurs between washes. It does not have the same capabilities, so you should never rely solely on this product. Without regular exfoliation, you are putting your scalp at risk for clogged follicles and an increased amount of dandruff.

Hair Loss Risk

If you are highly dependent on dry shampoo, there’s also the risk of hair loss. Since it clogs the follicles, it also weakens them which can sometimes lead to shedding. Aside from irritating your scalp, it may also clump your hair follicles and strands. When brushing, you may shed a little more than you usually would without dry shampoo. Since this product soaks up the oils within your hair and scalp, it is likely that it will strip your hair of the oils that are considered to be nutrients that you need for healthy hair. On the flip side, dry shampoo can also make your hair feel as if it is dry and that causes it to produce excess oils that will weigh your hair and scalp down. Bottom line: dry shampoo “confuses” the hair and results in your oils becoming unbalanced.
Hair Tip: If you’re going to use dry shampoo, please only use products that you do not contain talc, which is a clay mineral that is within most baby powders. There have been many reports that link talc to various types of cancer.

There Are Several Alternatives

To avoid the harm of dry shampoo, try some other options that will revive your hair as needed without the harmful side effects.

Spray a Little Hair Perfume

Remember that summer cookout you were enjoying? I know your hair smells like every piece of barbequed meat you had on your plate! Hair perfume does not cleanse your hair, but it will remove any unwanted scent from your hair while conditioning your strands.

Try Some Dry Conditioner

Want to add moisture to your hair while making it shiny again? Dry conditioner is a great product to use in the place of dry shampoo (or even after using too much dry shampoo). These products are not the same – dry conditioner hydrates your hair and gives it some bounce!

Use a Daily Serum or Shine Spray

If you’ve had a little too much fun in the sun and you've exposed your hair to way too much heat, you’ll most likely experience dryness. In this case, you won’t need dry shampoo, just a boost of shine! A daily serum or shine spray will give you all the shine you need to revitalize the look of your hair.

If You’re Hooked, Use Dry Shampoo in Moderation

Although dry shampoo does a lot of harm, most of the damage occurs when you use it too often. I’ve said it before, but I want to stress that using this product will not take the place of washing your hair thoroughly with regular shampoo. It only places a mask on what’s going on underneath. It is not and should not be your only quick solution to limp or dirty hair. If you’re not a fan of dry shampoo, what techniques do you use to keep your tresses refreshed between washes?
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You Can Quit Using Shampoo Without Becoming Gross

You Can Quit Using Shampoo Without Becoming Gross

Girl, You Don't Need Shampoo

I know you are looking at me all side-eye now because I’m about to ditch my shampoo but give me a chance before you scroll to the next article. The truth is you don’t have to use shampoo to keep your hair and scalp smelling fresh. A lot of us shampoo our hair because we believe if we don’t it will smell and become dirty. I understand because who wants to have their hair look like they just took 3-month-old braids out without shampooing it? Absolutely nobody and I can’t blame you! In this article, I am going to share with you some fresh ways to keep your hair clean and smelling fresh without using shampoo. Some of the tips you may have already tried. If so, let us all know how it worked out by commenting on the article. Also, share any hair or scalp issues you have and how you keep them under control. Alright, you have to know what time it is! Go ahead and press play on your Khalid playlist to get started.

How to Not Shampoo your Hair Every Day

Get out of the mindset that you have to shampoo your hair every day. Truthfully you’re stripping your hair of essential oils when you do. Shampooing your hair every day is not a good idea, and you should have a routine to stop overdoing it! The primary purpose of shampooing hair is to remove excess oil. Here are some quick tips to help you maintain your hair without having to shampoo it:

Quick Tips

  • Shampoo the roots and condition the ends
  • Use a shower cap in the shower to prevent frizziness
  • Don't shampoo your hair for a week to understand how often you should shampoo your hair
  • Stick to water-based products, so you don't have to use shampoo

What Causes Dry Scalp

Using some of the hacks below will help you to combat flakiness. Here are some reasons you may have dry scalp:
  • Shampoos with sulfate
  • Product buildup
  • Dead skin buildup
  • Lack of having a consistent cleaning and conditioning routine
  • Lack of moisture on the scalp and hair
  • Dehydration
  • Using humectants (they attract moisture) in a dry climate
  • Mineral buildup from your water

How to Avoid Dry Scalp

  • Use a sulfate shampoo to remove the product buildup
  • Co-wash your hair
  • Exfoliate your scalp with the mixture mentioned below
  • Resist the tendency to shampoo your hair too much
  • Use a spray bottle and apply water to your scalp
  • Drink more water on a daily basis (84 ounces is optimal)
  • Avoid humectants in dry areas

Weekly Styling without Shampoo

Want to know how to maintain your hair when you don’t shampoo it every other day? Here’s a nice schedule to keep you cute without having to think too hard about what to do with your hair. Is it just me or does your hair seem to be style better when it’s a little dirty? Don’t leave me out here by myself with greasy hair let me know in the comments below.

Day 1:

Wash, condition, and straighten your hair

Day 3:

Use a dry shampoo on your hair

Day 5:

Style your hair into a mid-crown or low ponytail

Day 7:

Pull your hair up into a messy bun or a cool braid

Day 9:

It may be time to shampoo your hair so go ahead and rock your hat

Clean Hair Hacks

The hacks below are perfect for anyone. The cool thing about them is most of us have the ingredients right in our kitchen cabinet. I am sure you will find a few you can use immediately without having to go through the task of shampooing your hair. Whenever you need to freshen your hair up these are tried and true hacks to get you through your style routine in the morning. Thank me later or in the comment section below!

1. Dry Shampoo

Okay! You may be thinking that this is still shampooing the hair. I include the dry shampoo technique because it’s not your traditional way of cleaning your hair.

Step #1

Apply the dry shampoo and don’t worry about the white residue

Step #2

Allow the shampoo to absorb for 10-15 minutes

Step #3

Massage the shampoo through your hair and continue until the white residue is not visible Brush through your hair
Here are a few tips on how to get the best use of your dry shampoo:

Tip #1

Spray it at least six inches away from your hair to get an even coverage

Tip #2

Do not overuse

Tip #3

Use it only on your hair after a regular shampoo

Tip #4

Allow it to absorb before brushing your hair

Tip #5

Use it before your workout to so the shampoo will absorb sweat while you work out

Tip #6

Blow dry your hair to dry the shampoo

2. Baby Powder

You don’t have to buy a big bottle of baby powder to try this out. Go to Walmart or your local store and buy one of the travel sized bottles to test this technique out. All you have to do is sprinkle some unscented powder on the roots of your hair. Brush it through your hair to blend it out, so your roots don’t look gray.

3. Rubbing Alcohol

Soak a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and blot on your roots to remove grease and dirt. Avoid applying the product to your hair because alcohol can dry out the hair. You want to use rubbing alcohol on your scalp only.

4. White Rice Flour

Step #1

Pour the white rice flour in a bowl and use a makeup brush to apply it to your roots

Step #2

Part your hair in sections

Step #3

Dip your makeup brush in the flour

Step #4

Use downward strokes along the parts

Step #5

Apply flour to your hairline

Step #6

Tap the brush along the part to blend the flour into the hair

5. Scalp Detox

A scalp detox works well to get it clean and remove oil plus dirt from your hair. Complete a detox as needed. Mix the following ingredients together
  • 1tsp of baking soda (removes odor)
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon powder (stimulates scalp circulation and hair growth)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (strengthens the hair)
Once you have mixed the ingredients, set the mixture aside. Separate your hair into four sections. You can either apply the mix with the tips of your fingers directly to your scalp or use a squeeze bottle and apply on your scalp.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Using apple cider vinegar is right for your hair because it removes product buildup, revitalizes dry hair, and cleans your scalp very well. ACV clarifies your hair to leave it looking shiny and healthy.

Step #1

Combine ½ cup apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of water, four drops of lavender, and three drops of rosemary in a squeeze bottle

Step #2

Gently massage the product on your scalp to clean it as well

Step #3

Apply the mixture to the entire head

Step #4

Put on a shower cap and leave on for 45 minutes

Step #5

Rinse the mixture out of the hair

Step #6

Use your scalp massage brush the stimulate circulation You can use plain apple cider vinegar over your hair and rinse with water.

7. Baking Soda

Sprinkle on your roots and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Follow-up by brushing through the hair to evenly throughout the hair.

8. Lemon

You may not like to shampoo your hair because it tends to dry your hair so using lemon juice is a great substitute. Combine two parts lemon juice with four parts water. Pour into a spray bottle and then spray onto your roots and your hair to remove any dirt and cleanse the scalp. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes and rinse afterward. Condition your hair with your favorite product to complete the treatment.

9. Aerosol Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on your roots and brush through your strands.

10. Honey

Use honey as a pre-poo option for your hair.

Step #1

Saturate your hair with water first

Step #2

Apply and oil to your hair and brush it through

Step #3

Put on a plastic shower cap

Step #4

Put on a bonnet and allow the mixture to sit on your hair for 15 minutes

Step #5

Rinse your hair and style

11. Cornstarch

Combine cocoa and cornstarch and apply the mixture to the roots. The cornstarch absorbs the oil, and the cocoa camouflages the white residue from the cornstarch.

12. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is great for your hair. On your co-wash day, you can use this conditioner on your hair. Check out the recipe below to get a bomb alternative to shampooing. Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
  • 1 banana (adds moisture to your hair and reduces frizz)
  • 1 cup of aloe vera juice (reduces frizz)

Step #1

Strain the mixture and add ½ can of coconut milk to your mix. Coconut milk helps to strengthen and nourish the hair.

Step #2

Add ¼ cup of olive oil to your hair. Olive oil strengthens hair

Step #3

Add an essential oil

Step #4

Mix it all. Apply it to your hair from scalp to ends. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes.

13. Clay

Clay is perfect for extremely oily hair. Kaolin clay is for normal to dry hair and Bentonite clay for greasy hair. The clays make your hair soft and pull metals and heavy toxins from your body. It’s a perfect detoxifier for your hair, and you can use it on the face as well. If you live in a place where you have hard water, there can be sulfur, calcium, and metals in it. These minerals sit on top of your hair and scalp, so clay treatments are excellent to remove this mineral buildup. To use a clay treatment on your hair try the method below:

Step #1

Mix ¼ cup of clay with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Slowly add ½ cup of water. Do not use a metal spoon to mix it!

Step #2

Add in essential oils for a pleasant smell

Step #3

Saturate your hair with water

Step #4

Work the clay through your hair and massage on the scalp

Step #5

Leave on for about five minutes and rinse

14. Co-wash

If your hair doesn’t get extremely oily using conditioner to wash your hair is a good option. Co-wash is short for conditioner-only washing which leaves you with smoother, softer, and easier to manage. Using this technique helps to prevent you from washing your hair often. Choose a good moisturizing conditioner like Tresseme or Herbal Essence. Massage the product into your hair just as you would with shampoo. The best method is to scrub your scalp using your fingertips. Rinse out the conditioner and style as you want. Co-wash whenever there is a lot of sweat or dirt buildup in your hair to remove them and get your hair clean without shampooing Co-wash to add moisture to your hair and keep your scalp clean. A bonus is it adds a great smell to your hair.

Your Hair Deserves More

I know this article is all about shampoo substitutes and I think I have given you some great alternatives. As I read through the article, I realize that I have also given you great tips on how to keep your hair as healthy as possible without using harsh chemicals on it. Whether you decide to use clay or stick with your apple cider vinegar rinse it is clear your hair will be happy. We all know happy hair equals shiny and bouncy curls or strands! Try one or more of the hacks above. Share your photo on Instagram or Facebook and tag Private Label Extensions. We want to see how cute you look!
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