How Well Do You Know Your Shampoos?

how does shampoo workHow do they work?

There is real science behind what a shampoo can do. They lower the surface tension of the water, making it less likely to stick to itself and able to bind with oils and soiling particles.

Part of a detergent molecule is hydrophobic and the hydrocarbon portion of the molecule binds to the sebum coating hair, as well as to any oily styling products or what we call product build-up.

The surfacants or detergents in shampoos have a hydrophilic component so when you rinse your hair, the detergent is swept away by the water, carrying all the dirt, sebum, sweat, pollutants and product build-up away with it.

Why do we need shampoo?

The bottom line is shampoo is still an essential component of healthy hair care. You may use it sparingly, water it down, or use it every single time you wash your hair but removing it completely from your regimen may not be the best thing to do.

Sometimes we need to clarify if we have a ton of build-up, or you may have prolonged your washday or if you are working out more and want to ensure you are removing all the dirt, sweat and gunk. Whatever the reason, hitting the shampoo bottle every now and again cannot hurt even if you hate it. Try a sulfate-free one, water your’s down or do a pre-poo to help it from stripping your hair.


Look, I hate shampoo with a passion because it creates tangles and removes all the oils my hair need and love. But I also hate working out but know it is necessary to stay healthy and become fit. Sometimes you gotta suck it up and do what is best for yourself because in the long run it is necessary.

What different types of shampoos can we use?

It is no secret that naturals have changed the hair care market with our needs and honestly, it’s about time! We matter and our needs are being met because our dollars are at work and being (finally) valued by manufacturers.

I truly believe that is why we are hearing about and seeing more variations of cleansers on the market for our tresses. Shampoos are not so one dimensional anymore and knowing what types there are and how they need to be used are essential in getting just the right product for your hair’s needs.

There are regular, everyday liquid shampoos that most people use but did you know there were others that have meet specific needs? Here is a list of them.

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Ladies and Gentlemen, do your research. Remember that products do not have to be harsh, drying, and full of chemicals to do their job! I have found several all-natural shampoos (through trial & error and many dollars later) that do the job of all the different types of shampoos listed above. My general sulfate-free shampoo I found at nattynaturals.com named Dudu Osum Shampoo. I found a “clarifying” shampoo at justnaturalskincare.com called “shampoo to remove buildup”, also at this website I found a chelating shampoo alternative in the vinegar rinse (the products may seem pricey but they are all-natural and a little goes a really long way!) I have also found a gentle cleansing shampoo that I think works better than any cleansing conditioner or co-wash. All the shampoos cleanse my scalp and hair without stripping or drying my hair. I am actually able to do light finger detangling…if need be with the shampoo in my hair-no tangles! So after 2 years in my “back to natural” hair journey, many websites, blogs, questions and tons of my own research I think I know my shampoos very well 🙂