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African-American hair is different from all other hair. Too often, African-American women use the wrong shampoo and conditioners. It’s tough to keep your hair under control without using products that make it greasy and oily. To help clear up the confusion, these are a few of the best shampoos for African-American hair.

The Ideal Shampoo for African-American Hair

Examine the ingredients on the shampoo label. An ideal shampoo should be gentle and alcohol-free. Look for hair products containing natural oils such as jojoba, grape seed, avocado, olive oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, or emu oil. Never confuse natural oils with mineral oil, which will dry out your hair.

Condition Your Hair

To keep hair soft and well-moisturized, always use a conditioner after shampooing. Not only is conditioning good for the health of your hair, but it also makes it easier to manage and reduces follicle breakage. No matter how gentle a shampoo, it strips your hair of its natural oils, making it necessary to restore moisture. The right conditioner (preferably of the same brand as the shampoo) will do just that.

How Often to Wash Hair

Many African-American women wash their hair too frequently. Washing it every day leaves hair dry and prone to breakage, especially if you use a heated styling tool such as a blow dryer, curling iron, or flatiron, or if your hair is chemically treated. Ideally, African-American hair shouldn’t be washed more than once a week with a shampoo, although you can rinse your hair with water every day.

Hydratherma® – Naturals Moisture Boosting Shampoo

This shampoo stimulates the hair and scalp with natural extracts, such as sea kelp, algae, and seaweed. Enriched with omega 3 and omega 6 acids, it promotes an 8-percent moisture level in African-American hair. Hydratherma cleanses, hydrates, softens, and detangles hair without unnecessary buildup.

Karen’s Body Beautiful® – Ultimate Conditioning Shampoo

Karen’s Body Beautiful shampoo moisturizes thirsty hair without stripping it of natural oils, which is why African-American women praise this shampoo as being perfect for their hair. In addition to being ideal for dry and curly hair, it’s recommended for colored and chemically treated hair.

Elucence’s® – Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Enriched with Irish moss, wheat protein, ginseng, peach extracts, and wheat protein, Elucence shampoo is a gentle product that’s getting great reviews. It moisturizes without weighing down hair. With regular use, hair feels softer, healthier, and fresher.

Zipporah’s® – Delight My Hair Moisturizing Shampoo

Zipporah’s shampoo is rated ideal for African-American hair, as it contains coconut milk, Shea butter, and aloe juice. It cleanses the scalp and hair gently while moisturizing deeply.

Redken’s® – Clear Moisture Shampoo

The Redken product line has been trusted for years for its outstanding quality. Their clear moisture shampoo is enriched with apricot oil, glycerine, and glucosamine, and helps rebalance and restore damaged hair and keep it in peak condition.

Keep in mind that the best shampoo for African-American women usually is not available at the supermarket or drug store. For quality products, you would be better served by visiting a health store or hair salon that caters to African-American hair.

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Four Secrets Of (Frugal) Homesteading

We talked about frugality before, but have really talked about it? There are so many ways we can work to make homesteading even more affordable. When you’re making a living from your land, you want to maximize the value of every egg, tomato, and rabbit. Here are six more ways to keep homesteading easy on your pocketbook!

Hair-raising uses for hair clippings

There’s nothing wrong with a professional haircut, but home trims are an amazing way to save money and deter pests from your property. My great-grandma Mary used to trim all of her grandkids’ hair once a month. She would move to a different area of the property boundary each time, leaving the hair clippings on the ground. She said it helped prevent pesky animals like deer from raiding her garden. I thought it was silly at the time, but come to think of it, I never saw a deer on her ten-acre property!


Compost is every homesteader’s best friend. Re-purpose everything from grass clippings to vegetable scraps to shredded junk mail with composting. Over time, you’ll get high quality compost to use in your garden.

Grow medicine

There’s obviously a time and place for store-bought medicine. But if you frequently battle annoying ailments things like mild cramps, cuts, or insect bites, you can grow herbs for some relief. For example, a poultice of lemon balm can stop itchy mosquito bites. For added frugality, consult with your vet to see what herbs can also be grown to treat your animals.

Freeze eggs

Yes, believe it or not, you can freeze eggs. My sister raises chickens and ducks and freezes her leftover eggs all the time. This prevents eggs from going to waste, putting each one to good use. Crack the eggs and gently mix together before freezing in a Ziploc. I only recommend using frozen eggs for baking; otherwise the texture is a little off. Use three tablespoons of frozen egg mixture for every egg in the recipe.

The bottom line

Homesteading doesn’t have to be hard on your budget. Use these quick, frugal tips for easy homesteading without breaking the bank.

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