Over the last few months I have been experiencing dry hair. The condition of your hair can change over time through climate changes, hormones, diet, and a variety of other factors. These changes can also affect the way your hair responds and suddenly the things that used to work just stop working. At least that has been my current reality. These past few months I have experienced the driest hair of my life. I could not for the life of me figure out why. I tried everything I knew how to do. Things had gotten so bad that I actually started praying to God for a solution to end my dry hair problems.
Since I am on the mailing list for blackdoctor.org I received an email notification about an article on the subject of dry hair. Of course I clicked on it with intrigue thinking maybe it would have something to help me. The article was written by Aisha Strickland titled 7 Reasons Why you need to stop using Coconut Oil and Shea Butter on your Hair which you can read here. Just the title alone is enough to cause a stir in the natural hair community. A large number of products, blogs, and YouTube videos all talk about the benefits of using castor oil, coconut oil and shea butter on natural hair.
I’ve been natural for over 10 years and my hair has never really liked plain shea butter I always found it too heavy. However shea butter was an ingredient in many shampoos and conditioners I have used over the years. Now coconut oil on the other hand was my baby my boo. I always sealed my hair with coconut oil and for a while it made my hair very soft and manageable. As of late that is not the case. I noticed my hair no longer responds to coconut oil. Suffice to say this article was an eye opener for me.
As it happens the articles author Aisha Strickland of Chocolate Curls Beauty Blog and Curl and Color Stylist Aeleise Jana of Hair Love Art are hosting a 30 Day Hair Detox Challenge. The rules are actually pretty simple. For the next 30 days:
- No Shea Butter
- No Coconut Oil
- No Castor Oil
- No Eco Styler
Sounds simple enough but for most naturalistas this is eliminating most if not all products in your arsenal. I know that cuts out a lot of products that I have been using. According to Aeleise Jana those ingredients aren’t necessarily bad however the natural community has over abused these which is what leads to product build up and eventually dry hair.
The basic reasoning behind this is that hair care should be simple and placing butters on top of oils on top of conditioners are causing build up on the hair preventing any moisture from getting in the hair strands. Moisture equals water and if you don’t clarify the oil layer from the hair you’re moisturizing dry hair. Aelise recommends that you clarify the hair well with a clarifying shampoo and then follow that up with a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo or cleansing conditioner. You can condition or deep condition afterwards apply a leave in and style as normal.
It sounds pretty basic and honestly something that I should have been following all along. Since you cannot use any shea butter, coconut oil, or castor oil including any products that contain any of those within the first 5 ingredients; I did have to purchase products for this challenge.
They do have a suggested list of products to use or you can find your own that meet the guidelines for the detox. I will be using a few from the list and I’ll also look for other products that I can try on my hair. You can find the complete list of recommended products on ChocolateCurlsBeauty or HairLoveArt.
I will be starting with the following products:
Clarifying Shampoo- Kinky Curly Come Clean
Cleansing Conditioner- DevaCurl No Poo
Styling Creams- Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk
Over the next month I plan on discovering more products that fit this challenge and will update you on the new things I am testing out. I’m excited about this challenge because this will give me the opportunity to discover new products and get my curls back to a healthy state. I’m curious to see how my hair will respond to this detox and if I notice any significant changes. I will be blogging and posting pictures during this process to track my progress. If my hair responds well to these changes then I will continue this routine even after the challenge. If you’re interested in participating it’s not too late. You can find more information on the ChocolateCurlsBeauty website or HairLoveArt. Also follow me to stay updated on my progress too! 🙂
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