When I was relaxed, I shampooed my hair two or three times in one wash until I got that squeaky-clean feeling. Thankfully, now I know better. You know better; you do better right? I don't clarify very often: once a month or once every 6 weeks. I don't necessarily follow a strict schedule, but more so do it when I feel it's needed, which is rarely. By eliminating water-insoluble silicones and petroleum-based oils from my regimen, I have reduced the amount of build-up I experience and can clarify less frequently. I use a botanical/cleansing conditioner at least once a week in conjunction with my regular co-washes.
Lorraine Massey, the co-author of Curly Girl: The Handbook and founder and co-owner of Devachan, recommends the use of sulfate-free shampoos or "botanical conditioners" for cleansing. Botanical or cleansing conditioners are popular among those following the CG method or modified CG method. They cleanse the hair without the drying effects that often result when using traditional shampoos. It is an effective method for cleansing when there isn't much product build-up.
Below is a list of popular cleansing conditioners. Note that the ones denoted with an asterisk contain cones:
- As I Am Naturally Coconut CoWash
- Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Hair Conditioner
- DevaCare No Poo
- DevaCurl No Poo
- Hair One Hair Cleanser Conditioner*
- Lisa Rachel Cleansing Conditioner*
- L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
- Petal Fresh Organics Tea Tree Conditioner
- Salon Grafix Conditioning Cleanser Citrus Creme*
- V05 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
- Wen Cleansing Conditioner*