All about Clarifying Shampoos

Happy Hump Day Naturalistas!!! Let’s talk a little about Clarifying  shampoos

Clarifying shampoos often get a bad reputation because they are very drying of our natural hair. Clarifying shampoos really just get rid of the various styling and finishing products that we use daily from our hair. I would say that you should not use a clarifying shampoo all the time but, once every so often is needed. Clarifying shampoos are used to rid your hair of residue and dirt, and focus on cleansing the hair and scalp.

When you should use a clarifying shampoo:

You should use a clarifying shampoo if your hair is oily, if you have been using lots of oils, heavy conditioners, and various products.You should also use a clarifying shampoo if you have been swimming a lot. Also, I have had some naturalistas tell me that none of their products are working for them, this maybe a time to use a clarifying shampoo as well. If none of your products are working you may have build up on your hair and this may cause your products to stop working.  So try a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up from your hair. You should understand that clarifying shampoos do not condition hair and must be used no more than twice a week to achieve the best results.

It is important DO NOT OVERUSE clarifying shampoos for the health of your hair. If your hair is not dirty or very oily, clarifying shampoos will strip your hair and leave it feeling very brittle and dry. So make sure you condition, condition, and condition after using a clarifying shampoo! 🙂 Here are ten clarifying shampoos I found .. .(DISCLAIMER: Please note I have not tried any of these yet!!!! )

1.  
Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo Liter
2.  
Carol’s Daughter Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Sulfate-Free Shampoo 8 oz 8 oz
3.  
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo with Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Botanicals, 16-Ounces
 
4.  
Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo 8oz
 
5.  
Suave Shampoo, Daily Clarifying – 22.5oz.
 
6.  
Curlisto Systems Aqualizer, 8 fl. oz.
 
7.  
Sebastian Stark Naked Unisex Shampoo, 8.5 Ounce
 
8.  
Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo, 8.5 Ounce
 
9.  
Rusk Sensories Clarify Rosemary and Quillaja Detoxifying Shampoo for Unisex, 33.8 Ounce
 
10.  
Peppermint Scrub Purifying Shampoo 32 Oz
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Transitioning 101: What are my options during my transition?

 

 

There are plenty of options for you to explore while transitioning. I personally went to my stylist every two weeks and she helped me through my transition, but not everyone does that :). Here are a few options:

Air-Drying your hair – a quick and easy way to retain moisture and elasticity in the hair, as well as blend new growth.

Blow-Drying/Flat Ironing – This is what I did. My stylist blow dried my hair and flat ironed it. This helped smooth new growth. This is a Great option for those who want to transition without looking like they are “transitioning”

Braid outs and twist outs– this involves braiding, twisting, or Bantu knotting the hair. A great way to have a soft, textured look.

Setting you hair (Roller setting, rod setting, etc.) – This is a great way to blend the two textures of your hair while transitioning. I wore my hair like in rod sets several times through my transition. This way is a bit more time-consuming but one of the healthiest ways to transition

Extensions and Weaves  – I know of many transitioners who wear weaves to help aid in their tranitioning process.

Going to your Stylist – many stylists will help you transition with the use of healthy hair products, treatments and techniques.

I hope this will give you a brief overview of your options for transitioning! More info to come 😉 Happy Monday Chicas!!! How was your weekend? Are you transitioning or did you big chop? What are your experiences? Weigh in!!!!

 

Stressful week…… but looking ahead

Happy Friday Naturalistas! I had some very good posts for this week but I have had a stressful and busy week so they will be postponed until next week. I was a part of a gas recall by BP. They had a batch of bad gasoline that I purchased, that damaged my car :(. So unfortunately I have not had the time to finish all my wonderful posts for you all! I hope you understand!!! Next week I got some good info for all of you! Hope all is well. I will also try to post some things this weekend!!! Be safe this weekend and have fun!! Send me pics of your weekend hair, don’t be shy! I want to share your beautiful hair!!! Peace and Love!~ Chelle

Qhemet Biologics: Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter Review

Soooo….. I’m In love!!!!!! Qhemet Biologics if you have not heard of them OMG…. LOOK THEM UP!!! 

From Qhemet Biologics site “Qhemet Biologics is an innovative line of high performance, natural products based on African, Mediterranean & Ayurvedic hair care traditions. Our products conform to the stricter EU and Japanese cosmetic safety standards and do not contain mineral oil, silicones, sls, phthalates, parabens, dmdh hydantoin, triclosan, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, diazolidinyl urea or imidazolidinyl urea. We are a vegetarian, cruelty-free and eco-friendly company.”- Qhemet Biologics Inc. 2012

I recently purchaced their hydrate and twist butter after watching Myleik of CurlBox speak about it on her August CurlBox video. And let me tell you it didn’t disappoint!!! This stuff is MAGICAL! LOL I got the best twist out EVER!!!! And my hair is still soft and hydrated, and well defined when I took the twists out. Now…. it is hard to find, their site is sold out but they are selling their products through www.sagenaturalceuticals.com Or your local health foods store, check their site to see if they have a retailer near you. But YES this stuff is good!

Description:

Use this thick, rich butter to soften and maintain twists, braids and loose hair! Ideal for dry, highly porous hair! Use as a body butter too! NEW SCENT!

Product Description

  • Softens thick, extra dry hair with an ultra rich blend of Pure Olive Oil, Mango Butter and Rice Bran Oil! A touch of plant wax helps reduce frizz and smooths edges and soy extract adds humectancy. Use sparingly. A little goes a long way. 
    * The Aethiopika Butter shipped after approximately 6/25 is slightly softer than previous batches per customer feedback. New scent as of 8/26/11.

    • Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicones, essential oils or parabens.
    • 100% Vegetarian.
    • Moderately fragrant scent.
    • Directions: Dig in with finger tip and scoop out a dime sized amount. Rub between palms and evenly distribute through damp or dry sectioned hair before locing, twisting or braiding. For loose hair, rub between palms and evenly distribute through damp or dry hair.
    • An uneven surface or mottled coloration is the result of high temperature pouring and uneven cooling. This is not indicative of a formula change nor will it affect performance.

Hair twisted:

Twist out: (taken down after 4 days twsited)

All About Sillicones

Hey Naturalistas!

What are your thoughts on sillicones. I have seen many posts on other blogs talking about sillicones, so I thought I would tell you guys a little about what I have found.

Sillicones are found in many conditioners and many shampoos. I know if you’re like me you may have no idea what sillicones are or what they even to do your hair right? Well CurlyNikki did a post all about sillicones found here http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/08/understanding-silicones-natural-hair.html Check it out for more info on sillicones for natural hair. Enjoy!!!

Naturalista Fly Friday!!!

Happy Friday Naturalistas!!!

How are you rocking your hair this weekend? What are your plans? Well, here are a few cute styles I have seen that I’m in love with and want to try out!!

Send me your Fly Friday Pics and I will feature them next week!!! email me at happilyevernatural@gmail.com I wanna feature your FLY HAIR!!!! 🙂