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The Best Shampoos For Dry,Curly Natural Hair

Updated on November 12, 2015

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Wash Your Natural Hair Without Removing Its Moisture

These days, sulfate-free shampoos are all the rage, but there are many natural hair lovers who were using sulfate-free shampoos before the sulfate free trend became popular. Personally speaking, my hair care philosophy revolves around chemical free hair care, and a natural consequence of organic products is the fact that they are sulfate-free. At any rate, this doesn't mean that moisturizing, organic shampoos are extremely plentiful. In fact, the exact opposite is true. However, there are a few shampoos and cleansers that remove dirt and grime while maintaining the moisture level of your natural hair.

These Suds Won't Dry Your Curls!

The Shea Moisture product line offers the Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention shampoo. It is a really good way to not only protect but also restore and improve the moisture level of your curly natural hair. It contains an abundance of moisture-rich ingredients: Coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera juice, argan oil, vitamin E, honeysuckle flower and avocado oil. I love the way my hair feels after using this shampoo; it is lushly hydrated and full of softness! Another perk of this product for those who dislike glycerin is the fact that it is glycerin free.

Argan Oil And Shea Butter Add Moisture While Cleansing

Bentonite Clay and Pure Aloe Vera Gel Gently Purify Natural Hair

Bentonite clay is also another ideal way for curly girls to cleanse their hair because of the clay's ability to lift away impurities while protecting the ph level of natural hair. The ongoing trend that seems to be growing in popularity is to mix about 1 cup of clay to 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. I have to say that I accidentally added too much vinegar to my mixture, and my hair was definitely not happy. It felt extremely dry and prone to breakage after my mistake. However, I didn't give up. Because of the way that my hair positively responds to aloe vera juice, I decided to use equal parts of bentonite clay with the aloe vera and found that my curls absolutely loved this combination! My hair felt smooth and very relaxed after thoroughly rinsing this mixture from my previously dampened hair, and the detangling process was definitely improved when I used this organic concoction.

Natural Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay At Amazon

Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay - 1 lb. | Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Healing Body Mask | The Original 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay
Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay - 1 lb. | Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Healing Body Mask | The Original 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay

You can't get more organic than bentonite clay. Basically, when combined with aloe vera gel, water or apple cider vinegar, this mask draws impurities away from skin and hair, allowing their purity to shine through. What is so amazing about this clay is that it protects the moisture level of hair, especially when blended with other moisturizing ingredients.


Chemical-Free Aloe Vera Juice

Chemical Free Aloe Vera Gel

Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera, 128 Fluid Ounce (1 Gallon)
Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera, 128 Fluid Ounce (1 Gallon)

This pure aloe vera gel contains no carrageenan or other chemicals. Its consistency is very liquid, making it a perfect complement to the bentonite clay for a cleansing hair or facial mask. Of course, aloe vera gel has other uses that are not just beauty-related. It tenderly soothes sunburned skin and also provides relief for stomach issues when ingested for medicinal purposes. Essentially, the beauty of aloe vera gel is the fact that it is a multi-purpose product that performs exceptionally well on all levels.


Natural Hair Shampoo And Natural Hair Cleanser Comparisons

June 15, 2013
Began using Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo to wash hair.
Results were very, very good. My naturally curly but very dry hair was richly moisturized and greatly softened after using this product.
April 13, 2014
Began using bentonite clay and aloe vera juice to cleanse my curly natural hair.
Results were excellent. The ease of detangling my 3c curls was dramatically increased when using a clay and aloe vera gel blend. Definitely improved the moisture level of my hair. Mixture was lumpy but produced wonderful results.
March 19, 2015
Began using Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo.
Results were surprisingly amazing. Improved the ease of detangling and left my natural hair feeling moisturized but also very clean.

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

This shampoo makes shampoo day fun! It completely awakens the senses with the fragrant combination of tea tree oil and peppermint. When applied to hair, it produces a tingling sensation that warms and invigorates the scalp. As a result, blood circulation is increased, motivating the user to implement scalp massage for even more thorough cleansing. It also has an abundance of botanical herbs like mallow, horsetail, clary, thyme, eucalyptus, birch leaf, nettle, chamomile, yarrow, coltsfoot leaf, lavender and rosemary, all of which lead to gentle clarification of tendrils, coils and waves. Surprisingly, even though this shampoo does an excellent job of clarifying curly hair, it never leaves it feeling dry or damaged. It is a staple in my home, and I keep several bottles on hand at all times. It is available at your local Trader Joe's store for $3.99, which makes it even more awesome! It can also be purchased online at Amazon.

Gently Clarify Natural Hair With Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Natural Hair Cleansing Preferences

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Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo Rating

4 stars for Shea Moisture Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo


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      K A Satcher 2 years ago from United States

      So true....... Shea Moisture is the line that I can depend on for reasonably priced products that really work on natural hair. I always keep some of their products on hand in my home. I'm hoping that more companies like them will pop up!

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      Cynthia Lyerly 2 years ago from Georgia

      Love the Shea line of products as well. When you have curly hair, you can only use certain products. The Shea line is as good as Aveda at a fraction of the cost. They also have great coupons!

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      K A Satcher 2 years ago from United States

      Please feel free to share your shampoo recommendations or impressions regarding the products I reviewed or of products that I may not have heard about. Hope to hear from you!