YES SHAMPOO!!! Yep I said it! Shampoo!
Shampoo has garnered a pretty bad rep over the past few years among the natural hair community for obvious reasons. We all have seen and heard the warnings of how bad sulfates are for our hair. It strips our hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle and no curly gal wants that! But hey, I think we can all agree on the importance of having a good cleanser or at least on the importance of having a clean scalp. In order for hair products to penetrate our scalp we first need to have clean hair. Clean hair equates to healthy hair because this is when it is in the best position to accept the moisture and nourishing products that it needs to thrive. But if clean hair equals happy hair yet we’ve been told that shampoos are bad for our hair, what’s a gal to do?
Well first things first, I must admit that I have always loved the cleaning power of a good shampoo—suds and all! Plus I suffer from eczema so a clarified scalp is a must. Because of my love for a good foamy wash I have always been on a quest to find a shampoo that still lathers without leaving my hair looking like a hay stack. Thankfully more and more companies have been coming out with all natural cleansers that have zero harsh ingredients—yup that means no sulfates and yes they still are able to get the gunk out without leaving your hair feeling straw-like. WINNING!
Today I’m sharing with you 3 different cleansers from Alikay Naturals that without fail, deliver moisture, shine, softness and of course a clean scalp free from build-up. I know there are some curlies who swear by cowashing (washing hair with conditioner)…don’t worry Alikay Naturals has you covered in that arena too. So without further ado, let’s talk about cleansing with Alikay Naturals.
♦ Even though these shampoos are sulfate-free, I still urge you to follow up any cleansing session with a deep conditioning treatment ♦
This one may be new to a few of you, but yes African Black Soap isn’t just good for our skin but also our hair. Thank you Alikay Naturals for shining the light on this one for me. Finally I’ve found a way to get my hair and scalp really clean with natural ingredients. When I was first introduced to the Moisturizing African Black Soap Shampoo I was a little concerned about the products consistency because it was very watery compared to traditional shampoos that I am used to. I was reassured by Alikay Naturals CEO Rochelle Graham not to be fooled by the shampoos watery consistency and that it would get the job done. So I put all doubts a side and decided to give it a try.
Well, silly ol’ me! Rather than reading the label that clearly addresses the consistency of the product [no artificial thickening agents have been added] I decided to skip reading that all together. My first attempt was an EPIC FAIL because I poured the shampoo into my hands and watched as it slipped through my fingers and down the drain. ***Note to self: Always Read the Label!
Attempt #2: Boy oh boy! Call me slow on this one because somehow I failed to notice the nozzle applicator tip on the shampoo (covers face). Sigh—if I had only read where it clearly states to apply the product ‘directly to the scalp of wet hair.’ So with my hair soaking wet I applied the product directly to my scalp using the nozzle tip applicator. Easy Peezy! I gently massaged my scalp with the pads of my fingers, then rinsed thoroughly with warm water.
Immediately after rinsing, my hair already felt relatively soft and moisturized. So as promised the product did not strip away my natural oils but my hair still felt clean. I also lost less hair in comparison to when I use a regular shampoo. I assume this is because regular shampoo contains sulfates and other harsh ingredients that leaves our hair stripped, dry and more susceptible to breakage.
Ever since using the African Black Soap Shampoo I have recommended it several times over to everyone I come across, especially if they suffer from any scalp condition (eczema, dandruff, psoriasis) like myself. This shampoo is definitely worth the hype. I urge you to give it a try!
Well you already know that by the time I got around to using the Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo I had already read the label twice then went on the Alikay Naturals Website to read it again there. I was very excited to use this sulfate free shampoo because the name of it includes COCONUT and we all know how much I love coconut anything in my hair.
Well, without fail the Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo cleansed my hair and left my hair feeling moisturized from root to tip. Once again the bottle conveniently came with a nozzle tip applicator which made it absolutely perfect for applying the product directly to my scalp and hair to easily cleanse it.
The Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo really is unlike any other cleanser I’ve ever seen on the market. This is one of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with the Alikay Naturals Brand. I love their originality! From the consistency of the product, to the coconutty-tropical scent and finally to the amazing results, their products will forever go down in my books as staples.
As a blogger I’m constantly trying new products so it’s rare when I actually finish a product, especially a shampoo. But I completely finished the 8oz bottle of this shampoo and quickly upgraded to the 16oz. Yep, it’s that good and definitely worth a try.
For those wondering about the difference between the Moisturizing African Black Soap Shampoo and the Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo—in short, the Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo lightly cleanses your hair while the African Black Soap Shampoo deeply cleanses your hair. So one is better suited for women who experience heavy build up (black soap shampoo) and the other is for someone who needs a light cleanse every now and then (coconut milk shampoo).
Ahh yes, the co-wash! For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the term. Co-Washing [conditioner-only-washing] is basically when we skip shampoo all together and rely solely on a conditioner of some sort to rid your hair of product and dirt while leaving all the ‘good stuff’ behind.
Alikay Naturals came out with their very own version of the cowash that I’ve tried and tested and I must saw I was pleasantly surprised. Typically I thoroughly cleanse my hair twice a month but I love cowashing in between my big wash days and this cowash has been perfect for that.
Because the Alikay Naturals brand uses excellent ingredients and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, I feel much more comfortable using their products more frequently. The Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner is gentle enough to be used daily without stripping my hair of its natural oils while leaving my hair feeling soft, moisturized and hydrated—all while also leaving behind a clean scalp. DING! DING! DING! We have another Winner!!!
All three yummy scented cleansers have definitely been cemented as part of my hair regimen. Depending on the amount of buildup in my hair I will use either the African Black Soap Shampoo or the Coconut Milk Shampoo twice a month. Then roughly once a week I cowash my hair using the Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner.
What are your thoughts on cleansers? Do you have one that you can’t live without? Have you ever tried any of these Alikay Natural Cleaners? Leave a comment below I would love to know. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥