My hair is so impossible to moisturize! I tried cowashing, lowpooing, etc. with sometimes good results, but then it would inevitably dry out. The moisture would just take forever to absorb.

Well, I did some research and found a solution, so I tried it, and now my hair is finally consistently soft and hydrated! Without further ado...

A long time ago, people simply cleansed their bodies and hair with soap, but now people shampoo with other cleansers. Shampoos now are more pH balanced for hair, around 5, which is great if you want to close the cuticle. However, our cuticles are already closed, so that might not be the best idea. Soaps' pHs are more like 8-9 (ie. Doctor Bronner's Castile Soap, which is 8.9,) and that open up the cuticle temporarily, making it so much easier for your hair to absorb lots of moisture from your conditioner!

I tried shampooing my hair with a soap-based product, and it worked really well!! I used Beautiful Curls Shampoo for Wavy to Curly Hair (made of saponified shea butter among other good ingredients.) I did get a little squeaky clean feeling, but I slathered my hair in conditioner, and I'm having great results.

I wouldn't recommend doing this too often, though, because it IS opening the cuticle. I only use this shampoo once or twice a week and otherwise cowash, but I think my hair has been improving. If you're really worried about damage, you can always use a little ACV for the acidity to balance it out and close the cuticle.

I would totally recommend this! If you don't have a soap-based shampoo, baking soda also works.

2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12

Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing