Some time back I wrote about making no poo shampoo for curly hair. It talks about creating a homemade hair cleanser for curly hair.
The process is simple. Moreover, it takes a matter of minutes to whip ingredients to create the shampoo.
Anyone with hair that is not straight would love the recipe. Although this shampoo is in specific for people with curly hair. But anyone can use it. Its ingredients are mild and from natural resources.
Though there is a downside to this shampoo. It does not have a stable shelf-life. You need to prepare it fresh. Though you can freeze it and store for a longer duration. But at the time of usage, it requires appropriate thawing.
This may seem like a bottleneck to someone hard-pressed on time.
Since I am a hardcore DIY person. I do not suggest going back to the usual shampoos. Most of the shampoos have parabens, silicones, and other petroleum-based derivatives. These ingredients lead to hair issues with continued usage. Also, with each commercial hair product, you end up using a complementary product. This leads to extensive usage of products filled with chemicals that are not good for the hair. Plus these ingredients also disbalance the pH levels of the scalp. Thus, you end up with frizzy hair and an itchy scalp.
Both the chemical shampoos and DIY ones may seem overwhelming to many. But there does exist a middle path between regular shampoos and the DIY ones.
Few commercial brands of shampoo do not contain parabens and silicones. Thus work as reliable shampoo alternatives for curly hair.
Below is a list of them that have no nasty chemicals, but are good for curly hair.
7 Shampoo Alternatives for Curly Hair
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1. Argan Oil Therapeutic Shampoo
This one not only has the goodness of pure Moroccan Argan Oil. But also has other potent oils like Almond, Jojoba, Camelia seed.
It is gentle on curly/ wavy hair as it has no parabens.
The cocktail of oils nourishes along with cleansing. Added vanilla and honey provides a spa-like experience.
2. St.Botanica Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Shampoo
This shampoo has no trace of sulfates, parabens or mineral oil. Instead, it has Moroccan Argan, almond and jojoba oils.
Due to its lack of irritating agents, the scalp remains smooth. The curls also remain manageable with other ingredients of this shampoo. That includes a few essential oils – Rosemary, Clary Sage, and Jasmine.
3. Hedonista Argan Shampoo
This handmade and natural shampoo is a must try for people with curly hair. It is not only sulfate, parabens, and silicone free. In fact, its list of NOs is long, that includes:
- No artificial color
- No artificial fragrances
- No palm oil
- No petroleum derivatives
- No phthalates, amines, PEGs, formaldehyde
- No animal testing
This shampoo has Argan oil, that provides nourishment to hair. It also has Cypress and Patchouli essential oils. This combination of oils makes it one of the best shampoo alternatives for curly hair.
4. Curly Twirls Sulfate-free Shampoo for Curly Hair
If your curls have had a long history of cuticle damage. Then, this shampoo rescues your mane.
It has a sulfate free formula that does not strip the hair shaft of its moisture. Thus provides a gentle cleansing experience.
The shampoo is mild enough for frequent usages. So, you can wash your hair more than once a week minus worries.
5. Lisa Rachel Conditioner & Cleanser for Curly Hair
I am not a big fan of a single product solution of shampoo + conditioner. But if you are one. Then, this one is for you.
Lisa Rachel Shampoo for Curly hair has a built-in conditioner too. Thus, letting your curls go through one lesser product. This might save you some less time in the shower as well.
The product gives a luxurious spa experience with its Argan oil.
6. Chiara Organics Curly Hair Shampoo and Conditioner Set
This one is for people like me who do not like to mix their shampoo and conditioner.
The sulfate-free formula cleans the mane and its conditioning tames the curls. This set does not contain parabens, perfumes, and gluten. Also, the conditioner is safe for color treated hair as well.
The shampoo boasts of maintaining a near neutral pH of 5.5. Added orange peel oil in it helps to keep oil at bay.
Thus, you can use it on your color/no color treated curls/waves without worries.
7. Lush Cosmetics Curly Wurly Conditioning Shampoo
Products by Lush do not require a description. But for the purpose of this post, I am writing about this curly wurly shampoo.
Curls require hydration. That is why this shampoo contains coconut cream and oil. It also has hand mashed avocado butter to increase its hydrating quotient.
This is one of the best regular shampoo replacement for people who have curly hair.
In case you are not comfortable using products that contain eggs. Then you should not use this product. As fresh free range eggs are also an ingredient of this shampoo.
The following video provides instructions on its usage.
If you got curly hair, then you know how unique you are. From Julia Roberts to Kangana Ranaut, the curls bring in a charming fascination.
Along with the beauty of curls, comes their upkeep. No matter how much you condition them. It seems that they always end up dry.
Within days, neglected moisturization leads to over dried and frizzy hair. Thus comes along knots, mess and a whole lot of styling issues. Not to mention, a lot of hair in the brush as well.
The solution lies in keeping the hair moisturized and cuticles protected. This philosophy begins from the hair wash and is not restricted to the oils and conditioners.
The regular commercial shampoos with sulfates do not help. Rather, they add to the woes. Homemade DIY shampoos contain no detergents, thus prove good for the hair.
It is fortunate that there exist a few brands that are exclusive for curly hair. Plus, they do not contain any of the nasty parabens, silicones, and sulfates.
Most of them contain nature-based cleansers. They also contain emollient Argan oil. Since Argan oil penetrates into the hair shaft. It makes a wonderful ingredient in the regular shampoo alternatives for curly hair.
The labels of each of shampoo in the list contain ingredients that are synonym with hair love.
For sure you will see a difference in your curls. They will turn manageable and less dry.
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