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Dianne Austin
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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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Unconventional Ways to Cleanse Your Kinks, Curls and Coils

There are two very different schools of thought when it comes to whether to use shampoo or whether to opt for co-washing natural hair.

Traditional shampoo contains sulfates, (detergents) which can be harsh on any type of hair but especially drying for kinkier, curlier hair because shampoos with sulfates are great at stripping the hair of dirt and buildup which means it is also very effective at stripping the hair of natural oils.

Highly textured hair has a harder time with retaining natural oils from roots to ends because of the curl factor. The use of no-poo, or sulfate-free shampoo alternatives is the right choice for many Naturalistas.

The good news is that there are quite a few alternatives.

One of our favorite blogs, BlackGirlLongHair.com compiled a list of six alternatives for women who want a no-poo way to keep their hair clean:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

2. Terressentials Mud Wash

3. Bentonite Clay

4. Baking Soda

5. Beer

6. Castile Soap

You can find out more about these shampoo alternatives work here.

Author: Dianne

Comment on this articleChanging attitudes about natural hair” is what we do at Natural Haircare News. Through informative articles, podcasts and videos, we go beyond just sharing the latest advice and tips on kinky, curly, wavy haircare – We shake things up and focus on the realities of wearing our hair natural.

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2 Responses to Unconventional Ways to Cleanse Your Kinks, Curls and Coils

  1. ebonee says:

    Black soap works well for me, I use it once a month

    • Dianne says:

      Really? I’ve used black soap on my skin and love it. Does it dry out the hair? I’ve not had dryness when washing with it but I’m wondering how it affects the hair. What brand do you use and is it organic? Thanks for sharing!

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