Rather than specifying a conditioner or a range of conditioners it's useful to know what a good conditioner should make your hair feel like.
I'm not listing specific products here because the products you can find in one state/region/district may be different to those found another.
As you try this and that conditioner you will know you are onto a winner if the conditioner:
How will you know if your feels nourished?
You'll just know! Your hair will feel different compared to the way it feels when you use other conditioners.
Different heads of hair
Keep in mind at all times that what works on one person may not work for you EVEN IF you seem to have the same type of hair. This was one of the first mistakes I made as a newbie natural. I just used the same products that my favourite YouTuber used for ages ignoring the fact that they weren't all great on my hair - seems obvious but it wasn't to me!!
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The shower filter made my scalp itch!
If you have been following NenoNatural.com for a while you may have heard me complain about my itchy scalp! My itchy scalps is what led to all these blogs on how to reduce or prevent itching!
I've finally discovered what the problem was. Seriously, I had latterly been talking to my hubby about seeing a specialist because it was getting so bad.
At first I thought it was grapeseed oil because the itchiness coincided with the first time I used it. Then I thought it may be a food allergy but I couldn't figure out what precisely. Then I went home to my country Malawi and noticed that my scalp wasn't itching and at this point I thought the British weather was the culprit, I began contemplating buying a one-way ticket back to the Warm Heart of Africa!
It's a small tragedy that led to the discovery of the real culprit: our bathtub started leaking so upon our return we started using our separate shower and this shower doesn't have a water filter.
Two weeks into our return I realized the itching hadn't returned and the only thing that was different is that I wasn't using the shower hose with a filter - so the filter was it! One of the chemicals in the filter must make my scalp itch but it normally happens a few days after my wash, probably when the power of the peppermint essential oil that I add to my conditioner wears off!
If you have an itchy scalp and you use a shower filter try not using it for a month to see whether it's the problem. Keep in mind that it may not be; just because I'm allergic to something in my shower filter it doesn't mean you'll be!
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Product questions are way up there in terms of FAQs that I get. In this blog, I will tell you what to look for in a shampoo rather than which shampoo to buy because product availability varies from country to country and from one state or district to another.
What are you looking for?
Foremost: you are looking for a shampoo that cleans your hair but does not strip it too much of much needed oils.
Next: sulfates are very strong detergents so they do tend to strip black hair too much. Sulfates in themselves are not dangerous or harmful to health they are just "too effective" at cleaning. This is okay for greasy Caucasian and Asian hair but not generally for black hair.
So what to do?
Firstly, look for a sulfate free shampoo. In many places these are still very hard to find because sulfates are the commercial standard for shampoos.
If you cannot find a sulfate-free shampoo, people have tended to take one of two paths:
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx