To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

Decisions, decisions.  These days, our natural hair community is blessed to have an abundance of options for our hair!   Unfortunately, we have all been a bit overwhelmed when trying to make the right choice, at the right time, for our delicate hair strands.  Especially surrounding the topic of choosing a cleanser.  Let’s delve into this topic to learn a thing or two about choosing the right method of cleansing your hair.

First, let’s get this out of the way; the art of co-washing is AMAZING for the threads!  You should absolutely adopt this gentle cleansing technique into your hair care lifestyle for sure! Just know this; there is a time and place for a real-deal cleanse with a real-deal cleanser.  

Here are a few cleansing tips:

  • Cleanse before heat styling your hair.  Applying heat on top of build up is a BIG no-no!
  • Cleanse your children’s hair as needed, which may be more often than yours, due to their very active lifestyle.
  • Cleanse to regulate the oil production of the scalp.  
  • Cleanse before a much needed deep conditioning treatment.  Clean hair will allow adequate absorption into the innermost parts of the hair and adsorption onto the outer hair shaft.

Knowing Which Formula to Use is the Key?

CURLS Creamy Curl Cleanser from CURLS Retail Collection


Use your Creamy Curl Cleanser when your hair is moderately dirty, but not filthy!  This formula is nourishing and gentle and can be used as often as needed.  Expect to walk out of your shower with hydrated curls without the drying effects, due to it’s sulfate-free nature.  Key ingredients include certified organic carrot seed oil,  arnica montana flower extract, horse chestnut extract and sage leaf extract.  Consider this your go-to cleanser.

CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo from CURLS Professional Collection


Clarifying the hair is the most misunderstood procedure in natural hair care, but is one VERY important element. Use your Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo when your hair shows signs of having a build up on the hair shaft.  The symptoms may include the hair not responding to regular styling methods, or you can see/feel a film accrue on the hair shaft.  A clarifying shampoo will restart your curls and give you a clear palate to work with.  Worried about harsh effects?  No need.  This formula’s power comes from natural sources like certified organic orange oil and grapefruit seed extract.

CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Wash from the Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection


Yes, a hair wash!  This baby is a decadent treat for your tendrils.  Use this Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Wash when your hair needs higher level moisture and/or hair repair.  This formula is perfect to prep your hair for heat styling, deep conditioning treatments and is a great accompaniment to hair restoration and hair growth regimens.  Formulated with certified organic blueberry extract, aloe leaf juice, and chamomile extract – clinically proven to REPAIR, PROTECT, RESTORE and GROW your curls.

Knowing this information will help you choose the proper cleanser each and every wash day!

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