In my humble opinion, finding the proper cleanser is most challenging for type 2 hair. Most hair care products are formulated for the extremes of the hair types and texture scale, either straight hair or curly, highly textured hair, but what about the “in-between” hair type, type 2 hair? Using cleansers that are formulated with straighter hair textures in mind could strip moisture from the hair of a type 2 gal and lead to unnecessary frizz. Using products that are formulated for curlier hair textures could lead to product build-up, which ultimately weighs down type 2 hair. So what is a wavy haired girl to do? Thankfully major beauty companies are getting better at formulating cleansers with type 2 hair in mind, but I recommend that wavy haired gals turn to smaller hair care companies to find the perfect cleansers. Here are my top five favorites.
1. Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo
Product build-up is something type 2 hair gals know all too well. Getting rid of buildup and hard to remove hair product ingredients, such as cones, can be challenging for wavy haired beauties, but this awesome clarifying shampoo from Elucence does that and so much more. Willow Bark is this product’s magic ingredients, and it’s natural purifying properties is tough enough to remove chlorine deposits, yet gentle enough to purify your scalp and leave behind soft, bouncy hair. If your hair needs a thorough cleaning to remove dirt and build-up or if you’ve spent a day at the pool, Elucence’s Volume Clarifying Shampoo is the only cleanser your hair and scalp needs to get the job done.
2. Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
If you’re one of the curlier type 2s, type 2b or type 2c, Jessicurl’s Hair Cleansing Cream is a great alternative to shampoo for cleansing your wavy locks. This super moisturizing cleansing cream comes in three scents, Citrus Lavender, Island Fantasy, and No Scent (I like to add my own fragrances to this one), and it’s free of parabens, silicones and sulfates. This cleansing cream will detangle your hair so easily and turn frizzy and dry hair into malleable and manageable hair in no time.
3. DevaCurl Low-Poo and DevaCurl No-Poo
Here’s a two-for-one! I love both of these cleansers so much that I just had to include both of them. Both of these products are free of the big, bad three hair product ingredients (silicones, parabens, and sulfates), and both cleansers will literally awaken your curls, no lie! The DevaCurl Low-Poo is a shampoo with a mild lather that is infused with vitamin C to help the hair retain moisture. The DevaCurl No-Poo is essentially a cleansing/co-wash conditioner that doesn’t later at all, but it’ll leave your curls uber moisturized and bouncy, and the peppermint and menthol will make your scalp feel sinfully good.
4. Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
If your hair is already frizzy and hard to manage, the last thing you need is to add another product that dries it out even more. What makes Mop Top’s Gentle Shampoo different is that it’s specifically designed to clean frizzy, unruly hair, and leave behind frizz-free, flowing locks. Have you ever tried to run your fingers through your hair with shampoo in it? Yea, you’re asking for a tangly mess. But this shampoo is the first I’ve encountered that is almost like a conditioner, meaning it leaves your hair so silky you can run your fingers through your hair while the shampoo is lathered in! If your hair is silky when the shampoo is still in, you can only imagine how shiny and soft your hair will be when it’s rinsed out. Trust me, this is the stuff good hair days are made of!
5. WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner
I know that WEN touts itself as the hair care line that works on all hair types, and it certainly does, but I’ve never seen WEN work its magic more beautifully on any other hair type than wavy, type 2 hair. If the awesome smell and the tingly, refreshing feeling the Lavender Cleansing Conditioning will give your scalp isn’t enough to make you go out and buy this product now, the awesome benefits will. This detergent and sulfate-free cleanser is jam-packed with natural oils and nutrients that will leave your wavy hair moist and silky smooth. When using WEN’s Lavender Cleansing Conditioner, I recommend massaging the product into your scalp, then working it down the ends of your hair. Let the product sit for a few minutes before rinsing for optimal results.