Biracial Hair 101 : Shampoo
Product Review on Shea Moisture Shampoo
One of the first journeys we learned about early on was the importance of shampoo and natural biracial hair care. Most importantly, not over shampooing the hair.
Shampoos are full of chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils. This is important for all hair. But we found that for African American and biracial hair this was extremely important. The scalp and hair need the natural oils to be healthy, hold the curl, and hold the moisture. Too much shampooing or using the wrong kind of shampoo in the wrong way, can lead to dryness, brittle hair, breakage, and itchiness of scalp. Shampoo can be used to clean the hair but we still want the hair to remain moisturized.
As a general rule of thumb for shampoo and biracial hair, we avoid the following chemicals in our shampoos:
no mineral oils,
no propylene glycol,
no DEA (diethanolamine),
no sodium hydroxide – and more.
Reading the shampoo labels is more important than the mass media advertising of cute kids with hair on the cover of products. Most of the biracial hair care products sold on store shelves contain chemicals that should not be near kids or anyone. Especially considering the fact that we use them on a regular basis, before kids go to bed, where they get on the pillowcases, near their face where they breath in and the scalp where they absorb the chemicals we put on them. #1 Myth: what is often marketed as child hair care, is not. The child relaxers are full of chemicals I would never put on my kids, but that is up to each parent to decide.
HOW OFTEN TO SHAMPOO is perhaps the #1 Mistake that is made for biracial hair care besides putting harmful chemicals on it. Shampoo is usually needed only at the most once per week. I adjust the routine for each of my girls. I have one child whose hair needs shampoo once every week, another who needs it once every 2 weeks.
When the hair is free (not beaded or braided in a leave in style) during bath each night, we still always CO-wash the hair. This means washed with conditioner. This CO-wash conditioner can be rinsed out. After that a good quality Leave-In Shea Conditioner is applied and is not rinsed out.
I have been doing a product trial of this shampoo for the past few weeks.
In addition to meeting my list of chemicals to avoid, It has these added benefits listed on it:
Coconut oil, silk protein, neem oil, shea butter, aloe vera juice, vitamin E, vitamin B5, rosemary, essential oil, japanese honeysuckle flower extract, hibiscus flower extract, and the coconut is certified organic.
Per the packaging, there are also NO synthetic fragrances, No synthetic dyes, No PABA, and as an added bonus, no animal testing.
Shampoo is used only at intervals, so less is needed. It’s worth it to me to purchase a good quality shampoo. Afterwards, I use Leave In Shea Butter Conditioner each day, especially for detangling long biracial hair.
Overall, I liked the thickness, smell, feel, and ingredients of this shampoo. It cleans the hair well without drying the hair out as long as I use it at proper intervals for each of my daughter’s hair. That is anywhere from 1-2 weeks at a time with a regular daily conditioning routine.
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More products I have reviewed, use, and recommend are available for purchase in my Biracial Hair Care 101 Store
What is your favorite shampoo that is gentle on natural hair?