Shampoo Hair Tips: The Best Shampoo for Afro Hair

Question: I am getting ready to put my order in the mail for your book, conditioner and spray moisturizer. What about a shampoo?

Answer: For years, we struggled with whether or not to formulate a shampoo. After many request from our customers, UBH shampoo is finally available for sale on our Products page.

Question: I think your books are great! I have been following your system for six months with fabulous results. Yet, I am beginning to experience a problem, and I hope you can help. My hair has grown more than three inches, and is now past my shoulders. However, when I wash my hair it becomes seriously tangled. This problem is more than just time consuming, it actually causes quite a bit of hair to come out. My hair is relaxed, and I have never experienced tangling like this before. I am interested in learning whether you have experienced this problem, and if so what you've done to deal with it. Is this normal?

Answer: If you are washing your hair in the basin, wash in the shower to avoid bunching the hair on top of the head. Your shampoo might be too alkaline and is causing the cuticle to open on the hair. It could be any number of reasons you are having tangled hair. Spray your hair with our silky spray moisturizer to detangle.

Question: I'm just a little confused, especially with wearing natural hair. How often should I use a clarifying shampoo?

Answer: Use a clarifying shampoo when you notice a buildup on your hair or scalp, which can be flaky scalp or when your hair feels spongy when you squeeze it wet.

Question: I was told that my shampoo was going to dry my hair out, because it contains ammonium sulfate or laurel sulfate. They said that it’s a harsh ingredient. Someone recommended a natural shampoo if I am going to be washing my hair that many times a week. I have never paid attention to what the shampoos contains. I always have used a moisturizing shampoo. As a matter of fact the shampoo that I mentioned above has ammonium sulfate in it.

Answer: Do not get bogged down in shampoo ingredients. Pick your shampoo as I specified and shampoo only 1 time and you will be okay if the product is not too harsh and drying. I can tell immediately after washing if a shampoo will work with my hair.

Question: When choosing a shampoo what should you look for?

Answer: Just make sure it is specified for dry damaged hair, color treated or chemically treated.

Question: How do you feel about black shampoos such as: Creme of Nature, Dark and Lovely and TRESemme?

Answer: I don’t like to classify shampoo as black or white. Most black products, shampoo included is made by other races but marketed to us. I only recommend UBH Cleansing Shampoo now. The other two you mentioned, I don’t use nor do I have knowledge of them.

Question: Is Kera Care Hydrating Shampoo good? I have yet been able to get my hands on the bottle to read the label, every beauty supply store is out or they don't carry it.

Answer: I don’t use that shampoo anymore and I don’t recommend anything that I don’t use.

Question: I've recently heard of you and your products 3 days ago while trying to find Barry Fletcher's Why are Black Women Losing Their Hair? I have very soft and fine hair. My mother has medium coarse hair that is ALWAYS DRY. I've convinced her to try your moisture system. The problem is my mother needs to get a touch-up as soon as possible, but we need help finding the right shampoo (one with a pH and one with protein and for dry or damaged hair). I'm having a problem finding one with all. In other words, what shampoo do you use?

Answer: Protein is not needed in your shampoo. Most shampoos don’t say pH balanced either. Look for a shampoo that is specified for dry damaged hair, color treated or chemically treated. Don’t pick anything cheap like Suave either because a product that cost 99₵ has about 1 pennies worth of ingredients in it and we all know you can’t get anything for a penny! I have UBH cleansing shampoo in my bathroom.

Question: Is it okay to use neutralizing shampoo, in complying with your growth program? On the bottle (Motions), it says the function is "to eliminate residual alkali on the hair or scalp and restore the natural pH to freshly relaxed hair." But, it also has directions for weekly hair cleansing. Could I use this to clean my hair and then use your conditioner after it?

Answer: Neutralizing shampoos should only be used AFTER a chemical. They are NOT to be used regularly under any circumstances! They can strip the hair of all its oil! And that is not what we want.

Question: I have bought a shampoo 100% Aloe Vera, but I wanted to know if Aloe Vera is a protein? Although it has all the specifications for dry, damaged, chemically treated, colored hair, I just wanted to know if it was drying out my hair because of the Aloe.

Answer: Aloe is a protein however protein does not dry the hair unless it is left on and not rinsed out as in the case of moisturizers with protein in them.

Question: I have your book, the spray and the conditioner. I used a shampoo with Organic Aloe. Is the Aloe Vera too much when used with your conditioner?

Answer: If your shampoo is specified for dry damaged hair, color treated or chemically it is okay. As you know I don’t recommend products I do not use myself. If the product you are using works for you, use it. Aloe Vera used in your shampoo does not cause a problem for your hair. It is in the moisturizing stage that you want to avoid it. Also protein does not make the hair dry; it makes the hair hard (purposely).

Question: I wash my hair on Fridays sometimes Saturdays. I shampoo my hair twice. Is this okay?

Answer: No it is NOT Okay. Use only 1 shampoo. The more shampoo you use, the more lather you get and we don’t want a lot of lather because the lather is what strips the oils from the hair. Not exactly what I am looking for as the oils are needed to keep the hair lubricated.

Question: Even after I wash my hair it is still itchy. Is this because MY scalp is so dry that it does need to be lightly oiled?

Answer: If it is itchy "immediately" then perhaps you should change products. It is my understanding that some products contain ingredients that produce an allergic reaction on the skin. But under no circumstance does oil need to be applied to the scalp!

Question: Can this product be used if you have a dandruff problem?

Answer: Yes it is recommended you read the book first because what you are characterizing as dandruff may be a buildup and I talk about that in the book.

Question: For at least two years I have had a problem with my scalp itching. This itching is about to render me bald in the middle of my head. The doctor barely touched my scalp and said it was the beginning of alopecia. My hairdresser says its nerves, well I don't think so. I don't believe it's either one. I don't know if you have researched this problem in your book at all, but maybe you might have some insight as to why my scalp itches this way. And what kind of treatment I can do to stop it. It feels as though something is crawling inside my scalp. Also if you don't have the answer maybe you know someone who does.

Answer: Have you tried a dandruff shampoo? You may not have dandruff but a buildup on your scalp. I have never tried Nioxin shampoo. It is a shampoo that studies were done and found that some balding and thinning was caused by a bug on the scalp! I know only what I have read so you might want to go to their website. Type Nioxin in your browser and a link should appear for their website.

Question: My hair tangles very badly when I wash it, and I find I am combing a lot of it out. Can you please recommend a shampoo that would help keep me from tearing out my hair?

Answer: If your hair is relaxed, please avoid combing your hair while it is wet! If it is damaged it will break! Try my silky spray moisturizer to detangle if you have to comb your hair wet.

Question: The shampoo I use is a tingling shampoo. Is that OK to use in place of the stimulation that should be in a conditioner?

Answer: It may be okay. I don’t know.

Question: I was wondering, how often would you say that you change shampoos?

Answer: When you feel buildup on the hair or when the scalp gets flaky is my recommendation. Itching is another time I may decide to change.

Question: Do you alternate among a few specific shampoo brands, or do you just get whatever is formulated for dry or color treated hair off of the shelf?

Answer: I prefer to use a clarifying shampoo when I need to remove buildups. I don’t use cheap shampoo like Suave. My experience has been that cheap products have very few, if any good ingredients.

Question: I have tried a few brands of shampoo in the last few months, and I have only found a FEW that I actually like. So many shampoos just leave my hair feeling stripped. Would it work if I just had one favorite shampoo and then periodically used a clarifying shampoo??

Answer: Yes!

Question: I just received your products yesterday and I am anxious to use them. Now I have a question for you. I am currently reading your book and as we speak. I read the shampoo chapter and I would like to personally hear from you which shampoo do you recommend? Do you recommend another shampoo? Or do you still recommend Head & Shoulder and Neutrogena?

Answer: As of May 2011 UBH shampoo is now available for purchase on our website. We don’t recommend any others, just UBH cleansing shampoo now.

Question: Hi, Cathy. I just wanted to let you know that I truly enjoyed your book and I look at it as truly being a God-send. I can't wait for my conditioner and spray moisturizer to get here! I do have a thought that I need clarification on. You mentioned in the "Shampooing" section of your book that it would be good to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of build-up. I just needed to understand how often within a month should we switch to one? Following your hair cleansing plan, I would wash my hair a total of 8X per month with a low pH shampoo. At what point in that cycle should the switch be made to a clarifying shampoo and for how long should we use it? Should it be used 1 out of those 8 times, or two or three or four? Before I bought your book, I read the same thing on another hair site but I just haven't gained a clear understanding as to how to incorporate the clarifying shampoo into my hair care regimen. I know it's important because you said it's important, so I just want to do it the right way.

Answer: Thank you for your comments on my work as I truly believe I am a conduit to get this message to our people! As far as switching to a clarifying shampoo, I don’t have a specific rule. I base my decision on when to use a clarifying shampoo on these few things:

1) During or after I wash my hair is there a creamy feeling on part the hair that is not being removed with my regular shampoo?

2) Is there a smell in my hair that doesn't seem to go away after wash out?

3) Is there dandruff or flaking that immediately returns after I wash my hair?

4) Finally, if I have not done one in a while.

One of the reasons I recommend you change your shampoo frequently is to PREVENT buildups. If you change your shampoo often, buildups should rarely occur. So you may not ever need a clarifier. As far as the interval, I may go as long as 6-8 months before I need a clarifier. When I do use the clarifying shampoo, I use it ONLY for 1 shampoo before switching back to my regular shampoo.

Question: First, let me say that you hit the nail on the head with your comment that it was meant for us to have long hair same as women of other races. For years I had wondered what it is about us that caused us (not all) to have hair that would not grow, this was especially painful for me who had a mother who has had long, thick flowing hair (she's of mixed ancestry). I want my hair to grow beautifully and healthy, and have and would like to continue to follow your regime, the only problem is that you don't seem to address those of us who have opted for weaves. I use Neutrogena T-Gel dandruff shampoo for each wash (3 – 4 days like you recommend) and an Aveda Sap Moss conditioner (deep condition of course) but the itching still persists and I have no idea what type of daily moisturizer to use.

Answer: I do not recommend either of these products. I use UBH cleansing shampoo. If you choose to use other products other than those I have mentioned, you use them at your own risk. The weave could also be causing your hair to itch. As far as a daily moisturizer, I only recommend my own.

Question: Is a protein shampoo okay?

Answer: There is no problem with using protein shampoo. Also there is no benefit to using protein in shampoo.

Question: I just recently received your products and I would like to be precise in following your program, but I have a few questions. Please tell me what acid pH Shampoo do you use normally?

Answer: I currently use UBH Cleansing shampoo only.

Question: Are shampoos and conditioners containing tea tree oil too drying for hair? I've always taken special notice of the shine my hair has after using either one or both, but because it's been so long since I've used a shampoo with tea tree oil in it, I can't quite recall whether my hair felt striped or soft.

Answer: The tea tree ingredients should not have a negative effect on the hair but the shampoo base can! If the product is too alkaline, yes it will dry out your hair!

Question: I noticed that in your book you mentioned to only wash your hair with shampoo once, what if I have dry scalp?

Answer: Shampooing more than once is too drying for the hair. Every time you reshampoo you get more suds. The more suds you get the more oil that will be stripped from the hair. If you are using an acid pH product you don’t get as much suding. The goal is not to strip the hair every time you wash it! Wash more often, and shampoo only once per wash. The dry scalp itching scalp can be caused by things you are putting on your scalp. Avoid putting anything on your scalp and wash more often to see if this cures your dry scalp.

Question: At the Vitamin Shop I found a botanical shampoo for dry hair it has a 5.5 pH balance. Is this ok to use?

Answer: If the shampoo is specified for dry damaged hair, color treated hair or chemically treated hair - use it. Although it sounds like it might be okay, I don’t know anything about that product and I cannot recommend it if I have never used it.

Question: Is it OK to use T-Gel shampoo for the itching and follow with my regular shampoo (I use the Aveda Sap moss shampoo as well) then deep condition?

Answer: If your head is itching perhaps it is not clean or you have something on it that is causing it to itch (fake hair, grease etc.) If you are itching, it could also be that the shampoo is made using sodium laurel sulfate which is a known irritant to the skin. I have never used those products and I don’t have an itchy scalp when my hair is clean. Your choice of deep conditioner could also be causing your itching.

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