Let’s start with a conditioning shampoo. A conditioning shampoo is developed to make the hair feel smooth and soft. It has a lot of conditioning agents in it so that your hair will not feel stripped. It still has the ingredients of a shampoo, but for lack of a better term, it is watered down with conditioning agents so that your hair is still soft and moisturized. Conditioning shampoo and moisturizing shampoo are both the same. With these shampoos, you may feel like it is easier to detangle your hair with.
Everyones scalp produces the same oil, sebum, there is no difference there. Some people produce more and or less due to scalp issues, but on the norm, everyone produces this sebum. Sebum has many benefits, one is that it protects the skin and coats the hair. And this is where the difference lies with straight and curly hair. This oil cannot properly move down the shaft of curly hair as easy as it does with straight hair. And this is why curlies have to add moisture and manipulate hair in such a way so that this sebum can travel. So when we continue to add oils, moisturizers, things that a co wash has to our scalp on top of the sebum that is already there, we are creating a lot of build up. Build up means that the scalp is not breathing properly, and this will cause dandruff which leads to an unhealthy scalp. This is why I say using a conditioner that doesn’t have a built in cleanser in it, will lead you to having more buildup than you should.
The sole purpose of a conditioner that you wash with should be to condition the hair and not clean the scalp. For this reason I would suggest to only apply the conditioner to the hair and vigorously washing the scalp with water if you don’t want to clean your scalp with shampoo all the time. If you want to clean the scalp as well as the hair, using a co wash designed for this will be in your best interest. Companies as well as ours put cleansing agents in the co wash so that you can get a cleaning, but mainly conditioning.
Mild Shampoo, is a shampoo that has no sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, harsh preservatives, dyes, and fragrances. All of these items can cause skin irritation, drying, and sometimes even balding. Mild shampoos will not give you the bubbles and lather that you are used to. Sulfates are the ingredient that gives you lather. With a no-poo you will not get any lather. Everyone should use a mild shampoo whenever you use a shampoo, and not only in your shampoo, but in all of your body products. People tend to mention shampoo because this is mainly the only product in hair care that you apply directly to your scalp, and your scalp has pores, and through our pores we absorb about 67% of products we apply to our skin.
Clarifying Shampoo, can still be mild, because it doesn’t have any of the above items but it is designed with a certain pH and ingredients to strip away all excess oils, dirt, grime..etc Clarifying shampoo’s are important because each body part has a certain pH level. This pH level keeps bacteria and germs and other things from occurring. When our hair is not at proper pH, you can tell. It begins to tangle a lot, it loses it’s shine and luster, our scalp will begin to flake and itch..etc These are indicators that you need to clarify. Our scalp/hair pH is between 4.5-5, and a clarifier gets your hair back to this. Using a clarifier will make your hair feel dry and brittle, that is the intention, it is taking everything out, but you will notice that products will go on so much smoother after clarifying. Some people clarify once a month and some will do it weekly, it depends on your hair and your needs. *If your clarifier makes your hair feel soft and moisturized, it is not a clarifier.
We hope that this helps when you are choosing what cleanser is right for you.