When it comes to figuring out what products to use, I strongly believe that you have to see past the marketing and focus on what you actually need and want. For example, one of my top three favorite shampoos is technically not even for my hair type, but it gives me fantastic results. I’ve learned not to get too hung up on what’s written on the labels for a couple of reasons.
First, it’s my job to try tons of products, and that often includes things I may not experiment with otherwise. The other reason is that whenever I interview experts, I always try to sneak in a few questions about my own hair situation, and I’ve been surprised plenty of times by what they recommend. For example, a hair pro once suggested that I try a certain deep conditioner that’s designed for blonde hair even though my strands are relaxed and, um, black. When she explained why, it totally made sense: Hair that’s been dyed blonde is weak and fragile, just like chemically straightened locks. The mask had strengthening protein in it and that’s what I needed at the time to combat breakage. Eureka!
So, keep that in mind when you check out my shampoo picks. At a glance they may seem unexpected, but I’m hooked on every single one. And, hey, they might work for you, too.
You’ve probably heard that stylists love sulfate-free shampoos because they’re much gentler on the hair — non-sudsing formulas are even better. The problem? Many cream cleansers either a) don’t feel like they’re cleaning very well, or b) they leave a residue. Not so with Hair Rules.
When I rinse this stuff out, I don’t feel like there’s any leftover gunk clinging to my hair and my strands feel silky — not at all tangled. The product is a hit with many curly and kinky-haired women, but I say it’s a gift from the beauty gods for anyone who is plagued with dryness or excessive tangling.
If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that I love me some beauty oil. This shampoo contains a couple of good ones: coconut oil and Kalahari melon seed oil. It’s also intended for curly girls, but I dare anyone to pry it out of my hands. I love that it’s super-moisturizing, and although it gets really sudsy, my hair doesn’t feel like straw after I use it. It’s one of the few Ouidad products that I’ve managed to hang onto because a dear friend of mine, who lives in my neighborhood, always begs me for everything I get. I usually cave, but this? No way I’m giving it up!
I remember when I went to the launch event for this product earlier this year, Joico's international artistic director Damien Carney, did a dramatic demonstration. He blasted the shampoo all over a black napkin and guess what? It didn’t leave a trace. That’s what makes it particularly great for those with dark hair. It’s also less messy than other dry shampoos because it’s in an aerosol can. And, I’ve gotta mention that it has a fabulous scent.
Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, $17.99, available at Joico salons.