Posted on February 12, 2009 by Samara

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo Review

Come CleanI’ve been doing a lot of research on shampoo’s that are best for black hair and I learned some things from actual experience and from the research I did. The first thing I learned was that sodium laureth sulfate is a milder cleansing agent than sodium lauryl, but it is still drying to the already dry natural black hair and even worse for relaxed black hair that is even drier due to the chemical process it has gone through. I’ve used shampoo’s that are “made for” black hair and I’ve used shampoo’s that are made for all other races with straighter less kinky hair types.

The “black made” shampoo’s contained one or more of the sulfates and they also contained heavy conditioners and other ingredients that eventually caused a build up on the hair and scalp. Some shampoo’s made for black hair in mind also were far too mild to cleanse the hair efficiently.

The next step was to try a shampoo made for “everyone”. The shampoo wasn’t really any different for the “black made” shampoo’s. The only difference was that none of them contained heavy conditioners. With both shampoo’s I found that my scalp would still be itchy and dry, even after shampooing!

I tried calling and researching the shampoo’s I was using to see if they were pH balanced for my hair and scalp, but I could never get a straight answer. I called Mizani and was only given a pH range which was 4-7. (The pH of the shampoo should match the pH of your hair which is about 4.) Giving me a range wasn’t really a big help.Next I went on L’Oreal’s site for more information and found that there was no number or any contact info. The site only stated that all L’Oreal’s shampoo’s were pH balanced. What use is that to me? I also tried to find more information on other shampoo’s such as Creme of Nature and Motions with no avail.

I discovered that it is best to use a pH balanced shampoo free of sulfates and heavy conditioners that will efficiently cleanse the hair and scalp, while maintaining a healthy moisture balance. I came across quite a few shampoo’s, but the only one I’ve tried so far is Come Clean by Kinky-Curly.

This shampoo not only cleanses my hair without leaving it feeling dry or heavily coated, but it smells great. Come Clean shampoo is an all natural shampoo free from drying sulfates and heavy conditioners. The hair and scalp is left clean and soft without the itchy tight scalp that most shampoo’s leave behind. I haven’t had a really itchy scalp sense I’ve started using this shampoo about a week ago. I recommend this shampoo for both relaxed and natural hair.

Come Clean can be purchased on Kinky-Curly.com, among other sites, or you can visit your local Whole Foods Market to pick up a bottle or 2. I purchased mine from Whole Food’s for $12. It’s a little more expensive than most shampoo’s, but I can really feel and see the difference when it comes to the way my scalp and hair feels.


 
  • Robin

    Thanks for this information – I’m always in search of “black hair appropriate” products (specifically those products for black women with kinky/nappy hair that’s either natural or relaxed – it’s very important to make that distinction)

    One thing, though: I’ve heard that it is important or preferred that women with relaxed hair either sleep with a satin/silk head scarf or a like pillowcase; both of these options are not optional for me. I decided to do neither to see what would be the outcome.

    I happen to be one of the women in full blown Menopause who cannot wear ANYthing on her head at night; if I do this, my head would be soaked with perspiration within a few minutes… I tried, (in privacy of my own home) doing what I see many younger black women do by walking along the streets wearing these scarves wrapped tightly around their head to “protect” their hair dos. Not to mention, wearing a head rag/scarf is simply just uncomfortable (for me)during the night.

    My hair has suffered no negative affects by me simply sleeping with a regular pillow case – quite possibly, because my hair is quite short and prior to going to bed; I make certain to attend to it with the appropriate moisturers – and upon awakening, no hair on the pillow, and my hair is nicely lubricated.

    Thank you.

    ~Robin~

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