Raises hand.. I am absolutely one of those natural hair chicks that falls into that strange grey area of not being a full blown “no poo” curly girl but also not being a full blown shampoo lover. Let’s face it sometimes you just need a good shampooing. I only use shampoo 2-4xs a year depending on how bad I think I need it, but I pre-poo weekly on my wash days whether or not I use shampoo. My most recent shampoo session was about four weeks ago when I used the HydraTherma Soothing Shampoo Bar With Tea Tree & Peppermint. I usually stick to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo but have dabbled with other various poo’s along my natural hair journey. This Black Girl Long Hair article has made me think a bit more about my cleansing methods and lately I’ve also been running into some interesting shampoos that made me consider upping my shampoo methods possibly to 4-6xs a year. Thats only if they are gentle enough not to leave a stripped feeling on my hair afterwards. If you’re like me and you’re not sure whether you want to be a “No Poo” or “semi Poo” kind of chick I’ve compiled a list of four gentle shampoos that I’ve tried or hope to try soon to gently help you transition into a shampoo involving regimen or to stay a semi pooer (can’t stop laughing as I type that) like I am.
4 Gentle Shampoos For Natural Hair
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo: At about 4 bucks a bottle this stuff works miracles on my hair when I’ve had way too much build up. With this product being gentle (sulfate/paraben free) and affordable I currently have it at the top of my list for cleansing when I choose to use a shampoo. You also get a nice tingly minty feeling after you’ve rinsed it out.
Ingredients: purified water with *tea tree oil, *peppermint oil, *eucalptus oil, *rosemary oil, *nettle oil, *thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile, *clary, *lavender, *coltsfoot leaf, *yarrow oil, *mallow, *horsetail oil, *soybean protein, C12-14 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, tocopheryl (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, sodium chloride (sea salt), grapefruit seed. *organic
HydraTherma’s Soothing Shampoo Bar With Tea Tree and Peppermint: I’ve only used this product once and it was my first time using a shampoo bar ever. I did pre-poo before using this and my hair was left feeling just as clean as when I co-wash. It also has an amazing scent though it doesn’t (at least not for me) tingle very much if at all.
Ingredients: Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut*, Olive*, & Castor Oil*, Sunflower Oil*, Cocoa Butter, Rice Bran Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Aloe Juice*, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Chlorella. *organic ingredients
Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Shampoo: I can’t really put my finger on this shampoo just yet so I can’t give a full review/referral. This product costs about 10 bucks and you can usually catch it on a BOGO at your local drug store. (perhaps someone who has had more experience can shed/share some light into it) Shea Moisture always has natural organic products therefore you dont have to worry about this product having sulfate or parabens as well, though I must say I did have a drying/stripped feeling/after effect when I rinsed this out. (Side note: I used this product in its diluted form without pre-pooing) I was rinsing /cleansing my scalp during my 4 week stint with my DIY box braids. Because I didn’t get to use this product in its full glory post pre-poo I cant say whether I like it or not but my scalp was extremely clean after I rinsed out the diluted mix.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), African Black Soap, Salicylic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Charcoal Powder, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil*, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Plantain Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
* Certified Organic Ingredient
Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo: It costs about 12 bucks. I dont know when I will use this product yet as I am still protective styling and want to give it a full review, however I am super excited. The reason I am so excited is because I literally can’t figure out what makes this product sud or classify as a shampoo. The ingredients are natural and organic and AMAZING. This may become my new favorite shampoo. If anyone has used it before please feel free to share your experiences with us.
Ingredients: Aloe vera juice, Glycerin ,Coconut Oil, Distilled water, Coconut milk, Rosemary oil, Sage, Nettle, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Tea tree oil, Avocado oil, Fragrance, Herbal and Botanical Blend
What are some cleansing methods you’ve used while avoiding shampoo? Share your thoughts with us below!
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.