Best cleansing products for natural hair

The hair stylists we consulted all agreed about one thing: When it comes to cleaning natural Black hair, moisture and manageability are key.

“Using a shampoo and conditioner that are paraben- and sulfate-free keeps hair much more manageable,” Vanessa Collington, a stylist at Mizu Hair Salon New York, told us. If you’re going natural, it’s time to get comfortable reading the small print on labels.

1. Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Shampoo

Dani Priester, owner of HaUs of BeaUty Salon in Englewood, N.J., is a fan of the entire Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling line, particularly the shampoo and conditioner. Both products work to hydrate, soften, and detangle your hair while leaving it feeling clean but not stripped. That squeaky-clean hair feeling is not welcome in the natural hair world — squeaky-clean hair to naturalistas can mean that it’s over-stripped of its natural oils, which can lead to damaged hair prone to breakage.

“These are amazing products for retaining the moisture in your hair,” Priester said. “They perfectly hydrate for the natural-haired, and those with any type of real texture.”

Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Shampoo

Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Shampoo

$12.99TARGET$12.99ULTA$8.39$11.99SALLY BEAUTY

2. Oribe Cleansing Crème for Moisture & Control

For those who love washing their hair with conditioner, or co-washing, Collington recommended the Oribe Cleansing Crème.

Co-washing can get complicated. It’s not just about washing with conditioner to avoid the drying and stripping effect of shampoos. Rather, it’s using a cleansing conditioner specifically formulated to clean your scalp and moisturize it at the same time.

“[Oribe’s co-wash] cleans hair without stripping it of its natural oils,” Collington said. “It’s a heavier product for hair that is thicker and frizzy, so it also tames your curls.”

Oribe Cleansing Cr?me for Moisture & Control

Oribe Cleansing Crème for Moisture & Control

$46.00DERMSTORE$46.00BLUEMERCURY$37.01WALMART

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3. Ouidad Curl Immersion Low-Lather Coconut Cleansing Conditioner

Priester, on the other hand, is a huge fan of the Curl Immersion Conditioner, which is designed to target kinky, curly hair.

“It’s sulfate-free, extra moisturizing, and great for nourishing curls,” Priester said. “It’s coconut oil-based, which is great to avoid breakage and promote healthy hair growth.”

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