Best Shampoos and Cleansers

Reader Alicia says;

I know you did a post on this last year, but I’d love if readers could give their updated preferences. What are the best shampoos and cleansers for cleaning buildup off of the hair and scalp, without stripping it? Also, I’ve been looking for a shampoo/cleanser that leaves the hair pH balanced. If your readers know of a pH balanced cleanser, that’s a plus!

Ladies, let us know. What is your shampoo/cleanser of choice, and why do you love it?

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Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast.

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  • Nessy

    African black soap! The best for me, I can use it for my skin, it is very cheap and it last longer than other soaps.

    • Jill

      Where do you get your black soap from? When I see it, it’s NEVER cheap. The main reason I haven’t purchased it is because of the expensive price. How much do you spend on it for what size?

      • Tamara

        Nature’s Shea pricing is not too bad, and shea moisture line is a bit higher but its a big bar

      • DJ J

        You can find some from your local beauty supply store, shouldn’t cost more than $5.

  • LiberianGirl

    I use a mixture of things. When I want to clarify (every 6 weeks/every 3 washes) I use a baking soda and water mix and add in ppmnt and rosemary essential oils. For my regular washes I use chagrin valley soap bars. So far i have only used the ayurvedic bar. These bars last soo long!! I chopped my bar into 6 small pieces and it looks like the pieces will last at least 10 washes a piece! I also purchased sample sizes of marshmallow and babasau, olive and babasau, beer, egg, and honey, and coconut milk shampoo bars. Looks like i’m pretty much set on shampoos for the next year LOL…sadly i still want to try another type (shea moisture shampoos…just the pj in me!)

  • Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo! Its It’s cheap, sulphate free and works wonders (:

  • Hadiya

    Hello! I’ve been natural for about 8 months, and I try to avoid sulfates, but my hair apparently smells if I don’t use my normal Aussi shampoo (has sulfates and is not organic). I’m pretty active, and I sweat a lot, so that might be the reason why it smells when I use the non-sulfate, organic shampoo. Does this happen to anyone else?

    • DJ J

      If anything, you can always dilute your Aussi shampoo with water. Another tip is to only apply the shampoo to your scalp, and when rinsing it will fall down to your ends. But I don’t know if your hair is long enough. but still dilute your shampoo or find a better sulfate free shampoo. Shea Moisture has good reviews, I just bought mines but didn’t use it yet. Good Luck to you.

  • i’ve been using Jamaica Mango and Lime products for a while now. I’ve used ORS hair mayonnaise it works well too but i dont use it too often in my regimen. i will however since now im locking my hair again is try the acv to cleanse my roots when i dont want to shampoo as often. it sounds quite interesting.

  • Jasmine

    The best conditioner I’ve ever used is Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Mosturizing conditioner. Made my hair feel so soft and managable. I don’t use shampoo a lot but the best on I’ve ever used is Jason’s Natural Biotin Shampoo. Still on the first bottle.

  • Lola

    I use my own mixture of African black soap, distiller water, raw honey and grape seed oil to poo my hair. Then, I rinse my hair with a mixture of apple cider and water.

  • Nita

    When you say you rinse with apple cider vinegar, is that your final rinse or do you rinse our the vinegar? What are the portions for rinsing with ACV and water?

  • Cal Lypso

    Coconut oil Pre poo followed As I am coconut cowash =butter soft hair