by Nicole Harmon of HairLiberty.org

Shampooing is an essential part of a healthy hair regimen. It can either set the stage for moisturized, detangled hair, or lead to breakage and tangling. Check out Nicole’s 6 do’s and dont’s and her recommended shampoos.

1. Do start by rinsing your hair with warm water for about 3 minutes. The extra rinsing time will loosen up product residue so you can use less shampoo.

2. Don’t comb your hair while you shampoo. Stretching and pulling creates unnecessary stress on your strands. Save detangling for when the conditioner is in.

3. Do choose a shampoo that contains gentle ingredients if you prefer to wash your hair multiple times per week due to frequent exercise or an oily scalp.

4. Don’t pile hair on top of your head. Apply the shampoo by smoothing it in a downward motion.

5. Don’t underestimate the power of a high-quality shampoo; it can make all the difference.

6. Do shampoo your hair at least once a week. The health of your scalp determines how fast your hair grows. A healthy scalp is clean, flake-free and not itchy.

Recommended Shampoos

All of the shampoos recommended below are sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair.

1. L’Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo
You can’t beat the price of this shampoo for the quality. A very small amount of product creates a rich, easy to spread lather. Make sure to look for the word “Intense” on the label.

2. Giovanni Colorflage Daily Color Defense Shampoo
This shampoo combines sulfate-free detergents cationic conditioners, and “copolymers” which all help hair dye
last longer.

3. Free Your Mane Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo
Free Your Mane products were designed with natural coils and curls in mind. This shampoo lathers quickly and contains a high level of conditioners.

4. Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Shampoo
The Chocolat Smoothing Shampoo is the newest and best shampoo in the Carol’s Daughter line. It’s similar
to the L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo, but it contains more conditioning ingredients.

5. CURLS Creamy Curl Cleanser
This cleansing cream is a great choice for those who prefer to wash daily because it contains very mild cleansers. It’s definitely worth a try if co-washing doesn’t agree with your scalp.

6. Joico Smooth Cure Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Smooth Cure is Joico’s newest line of products for frizz-prone, curly hair. The sulfate-free shampoo includes all the important key ingredients along with hydrolyzed keratin to protect your hair from friction as you lather.

Ladies, what is your shampoo of choice? And what are your shampooing do’s and dont’s?

Nicole Harmon is a Cosmetic Chemist and the Founder of HairLiberty.org.  She has received rave reviews for her seminars on ethnic hair education and science. She’s on a mission to help the Product Junkies of the world save MONEY, sort through marketing HYPE and buy SMARTER!

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Miss Elisa K.

I use Shea Moisture Shampoos. I like all of them.


Oh dear, I break number 2 a lot. I found that with some ‘slippy’ shampoos (namely Giovanni 50/50 and the yellow Shea Moisture shampoo), I am able to detangle with ease (the comb just glides through). Is there something going on, on a molecular level that I should know about?


Thanks for the tips! My all time favorite shampoo is Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo. My 4b hair is tangle prone (despite all the techniques I use to keep my hair from tangling while washing) and this shampoo has pretty much alleviated that. It has amazing slip and smells like apples. I love it so much I stocked up on a few bottles during last years bogo.


I alternate between a variety of Aubrey Organics shampoos. I also add coconut oil to my shampoo, to “soften” it. I then apply my shampoo/coconut oil to my scalp while my hair is dry and then wash my hair. While the water is soaking my hair I massage my scalp and then continue through my hair. This method has done wonders for cleaning my hair and scalp.

B. Jones

I use Kera Cara Sulfate Free hydrating shampoo.


same here! sulfate free and detangles too, whoop :p