Not everyone has success with the DevaCurl No-Poo cleanser, even when they are following the instructions to the letter. It works WONDERS for many people, and has been a life changing, curl embracing love fest for many of my clients. For every dedicated no-poo-er, there is an equally enthusiastic lather-lover. With many sulfate free and curl friendly cleansers out there, how do you know which method your curls respond best to? Some factors to consider-
A no-poo purist would tell you that it doesn't matter if your scalp is oily, and that the no-poo method will work under any circumstances. . Most in possession of said oil bearing scalp would squirm at the thought of not cleansing with the squeaky clean feeling that lather leaves. Some have seen break outs around the hairline area, as well. While it does take a few weeks for your scalp to adjust to not having it's natural oils stripped and then, in return, over producing to compensate, it really, SIMPLY isn't for everyone. So, if you've tried it and been dissappointed or if you cringe at the though of a lather-less cleanser, don't feel bad! Being conscious of what works and what doesn't is more important than jumping on any bandwagon.
If you have HARD WATER or well water, you may find your hair gathers a layer of build up akin
to your shower doors or in-shower toiletry bottles. Many of my clients have this problem and find
relief from a once-in-a-while traditional shampooing. If you choose to do so, I suggest using either my
clarifying shampoo (available this summer) or Ouidad's Water Works Clarifying Shampoo.
If you are an oily no-poo-er, that's great if it's working for you! If you are on the side of "not even going to try that, not into it" or "tried it, not my favorite", you might want to try these options instead.
The Curl Girl Superfood Shampoo - free of sulfates, parabens, and cocamidopropyl betaine - which can be irritating to some sensitive scalps, this oil infused cleanser is certified vegan (free of animal byproducts). It leaves your scalp feeling clean without stripping its natural oils. It is also available in a variety of scents, (watch for seasonal limited edition scents!) and for the extra sensitive, a fragrance free version!
Loreal Professional Mythic Oil Cleansing Shampoo - free of sulfates - but will leave your scalp feeling fresh and clean without over drying your hair. It's a nice option for those wavys out there who feel bogged down and oily after trying some of the more traditional curl friendly methods.
Loreal Professional Delicate Color Sulfate Free Shampoo - free of sulfates and great for any hair type that demands a traditional shampoo experience without the drying effects of sulfates.
Ouidad Cleansing Oil - free of sulfates and parabens, this product gives a realistic traditional shampoo experience without the drying side effects. It has a nice, rich lather and leaves the scalp feeling fresh and clean.