As a natural, I have had my fair share of trying out products especially when it comes to deep conditioners and moisturisers. However I am on the search for a good shampoo for my current natural hair needs, but most importantly I need a shampoo that is suitable for my scalp much more than my hair strands as I have a sensitive scalp condition.
So far I think I have found a shampoo that suits my scalp but I need to use it for a longer period of time before I can definitely confirm this statement.
At the time I decided to care for my natural hair and really understand it properly, Shea Moisture products was where I started off. I discovered some great products from Shea Moisture which I still use till today with the exclusion of one, which is their Jamaican Black Castor oil (JBCO) strengthen and restore shampoo.
With that being said let’s take a look at all of the shampoos I have used over the course of my natural hair journey and how they performed.
So as aforementioned I started out with the Shea Moisture JBCO shampoo and have previously written a post on it in an old wash day routine.
How it performed
Before learning about hair porosity, I used a lot of protein based product on a daily basis and in the long run it eventually took a toll on my low porosity hair.
This shampoo however is good nonetheless but not on a frequent basis for my low porosity hair. Well you might have guessed it, as it is packed with a lot of proteins and was too strengthening for my hair.
It was useful at the time when I was getting to know my natural hair as at that time my hair needed a boost of proteins whilst in my transitioning stage from relaxed to natural hair. However later on in my natural hair journey my low porosity hair didn’t require as much protein treatment than necessary.
Although it is sulfate-free ( just like all Shea Moisture products) it was still drying on my sensitive scalp and didn’t really help with my dry scalp issues. However it thoroughly cleanses and really strengthens the hair as it claims.
Other than its high protein content for my low porosity hair, this shampoo really delivers what it claims to.
Still on the hunt, after watching so many product recommendations from YouTube natural hair “gurus” I decided to try the Creme of Nature Argan oil sulfate-free shampoo.
Here is how it performed
So at first, this shampoo was moisturising and thoroughly cleansing (still is), however my scalp suffered severely after using it for a couple of months.
My scalp became extra dry and flaky, however at the time I felt it was really affordable and I didn’t think it was exacerbating my scalp condition (Psoriasis) until I noticed that the skin around my hair-line was becoming extremely dry and peeling off. During that time this shampoo was the only new thing I incorporated into my natural hair regimen, then was when I realised that this shampoo wasn’t ideal for my scalp.
My hair wasn’t really affected by it, in fact I could detangle my hair with the shampoo and it was indeed moisturising on my hair strands strangely enough, it just wasn’t as moisturising on my scalp.
After this sad realisation I had to immediately discontinue the use of the shampoo and went back on the hunt. This time I decided to try the Mane Choice Detangling Hydrating shampoo after watching some more natural hair Youtubers and this particular shampoo popped up on different occasions as a good hydrating but most importantly –a detangling shampoo.
And here is how it performed
So as clearly shown on the bottle, it states it is a detangling hydrating shampoo. Well let me just start by saying, that was not the case on my hair. I am really not fussed with using shampoos for its detangling properties, but it is really disappointing when products are marketed as detanglers and when tested, they appear not to be.
This shampoo is surely somewhat hydrating, however I had to use a lot to feel like I thoroughly cleansed my hair —with an 8 ounce bottle how far can you go?
My hair really isn’t the most voluminous (but is medium to high density) nor is it the longest ( somewhere near armpit length due to recent hair cuts) so it is obvious this shampoo isn’t going to last more than four washes or five. At the second wash, the bottle has already gone half way down (possibly I used too much, well that is exactly my point)
Oh and not forgetting, I don’t really consider my self a scent freak (well I could be) but this definitely has a scent of a cough syrup or some sort of flu medication. That is the only thing that came to my mind when I caught a whiff of it.
The price bugged me aswell but that’s besides the point, I am focusing on its performance right? Right!
Needless to say that I went back on the hunt yet again (these failed products gets redirected to a family member so I have less clutter).
This time (this time!) I decided to go with my intuition and just randomly try my own choice and an unrecommended shampoo. After initially having mixed feelings of the shampoo (mostly because of coconut oil) and not to mention through an incorrect product order, I decided to try the TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate-free shampoo.
Here is how it performed
So currently this shampoo might be a keeper (just might), it really isn’t surprising to me because I also love the TGIN products that I have used so far, especially the Super Moist Green tea leave-in conditioner which is one of my staple products and also their Honey Miracle hair mask which is another good product.
This shampoo has a very light sort of watery consistency just like the Shea Moisture JBCO shampoo so it spreads easily. It comes in a 13 fl ounce bottle so I’m not too worried of how long it will last because I don’t need to use a lot of it.
It is very moisturising and I could actually detangle with it (if I wished to), however I save my detangling sessions for a conditioner that has a ton of slip (currently on the hunt for the best ‘slip’ packed conditioner, suggestions are welcomed). It has great ingredients with Amla oil and Pro-Vitamin B5 as part of it but I am a bit worried of the Coconut oil because my hair can’t stand it. However if it seems to be in a small amount, my hair won’t be affected by it. Plus I deep condition after washing my hair so I’m not so concerned of the drying effect of Coconut oil which this shampoo doesn’t seem to create. So far (so good) it ticks all the right boxes for me.
Oh and the scent is a light sweet pineapple with a very faint coconut scent. Plus it doesn’t dry out my scalp, a very gentle but also very effective cleanser.
Next and last on my list yet to try is the Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger cleansing rinse and that is where I would draw the line on searching for the best shampoo for low porosity hair and dry sensitive scalp, no more after this. Have any of you tried it? And if so how did it perform on your hair and scalp? Would love to know in the comment section, so feel free to let me know.
Also have you tried any of the Shampoos mentioned above? And did any of it come through for you?