Not Recommended: Mixed Chicks Shampoo

Update 12/30/2016: It should have jumped out of me in the store before I bought it, but it didn’t. This has TEA lauryl sulfate. This is a drying cleanser, and that it’s so high up on the ingredients list makes me too nervous to try it. Which is too bad, because the other ingredients seemed […]


Not Recommended (tentatively): Kinky-Curly Come Clean

This is a crappy photo of the ingredients, and I know you can barely make them out. I took what felt like dozens of photos of the ingredients, and because the bottle was clear it kept turning out blurry. However, the most important and only real ingredient to see is sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate. One […]


Not Recommended: Mizani True Textures Shampoos

My apologies for the crappy “feature” photo. I didn’t realize it was blurry until I was downloading it at home. I think my camera auto-focused on the face in the advertisement or something. But still, you get the idea of what these products look like. And since I’m not recommending them, I don’t think they […]

Garnier Curl Nourash shampoo

Not Reommended: Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Fortifying Shampoo

I’m not as picky about shampoos as I am about combing conditioners (since combing conditioners have so many roles to fill in your hair, while shampoos get rinsed out), but still…. Just glancing at the ingredients list in the store of this shampoo, sodium hydroxide jumped out at me first. That’s what’s used in relaxers. Now I […]

Alaffia beautiful curls shampoo blury

Not Recommended – Beautiful Curls Activating Shampoo

  Update 10/31/2016: I avoided this for a while, but I’m just not going to try this. I don’t trust that there is soap (the saponified shea butter mentioned below). It also has magnesium sulfate. This is epson salt. I know it’s in a shampoo, and I’m usually okay (but not thrilled) with salts in […]

Loreal everpure shampoo

Not Recommended: L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Repair & Defend Shampoo

First of all, nothing can repair hair once it’s damaged. And I don’t logically see how any product can defend anything against harsh chemicals or blistering heat. I guess I just need to blurt that out sometimes when I see products promising things there is no way to deliver, such as L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Repair & Defend […]

Aveda damage remedy shampoo brighter

Not Recommended: Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo

  Okay, I finally finished going over the ingredients in Aveda’s Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo. Unfortunately, it has dehydroxanthun gum (eighth line down), which sounds like it’s a super concentrated xanthun gum. This is used in products as a hair fixative, like what’s used in hair sprays and gels and such to make them hold hair. It’s weird […]

Alaffian shampoo

Not Recommended: Alaffia Shea & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, Citrus Blossom

So I finally finished looking up and researching the ingredients in Alaffia Shea & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, Citrus Blossom. Alas, it has saponified butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter in it. This may sound like a good thing, but what it means is that this is soap made from shea butter. In my research and personal experience, I find soap […]