So, next up in the Hairscapades series, “My Staples,” I’ll review a product that has been in my arsenal for a while: DevaCare No Poo.
I started using DevaCare about 6 years ago (maybe even longer). I’d been co-washing for the majority of my natural hair years. I believe it was my youngest sister (a fellow natural) who first hipped me to conditioner washing. I was easily swayed to the concept because I always hated how stripped and dry my hair felt after shampooing. So, the idea of co-washing was welcome. Back then, I was a Pantene girl. I used their regular line for either dry or damaged hair as I guess I intuitively knew that my hair needed moisture (I hated the Relaxed & Natural line! It made my hair hard to the touch and weighed down. I’ve come to realize that this was probably due to the protein and mineral oils that are in many “traditional” products marketed for “ethnic” hair). Years later, I was introduced to the DevaCurl line and sulfate-free shampoos, again by my youngest sister (and she calls ME the PJ ;). However, it wasn’t until I moved to a location that put me in close proximity to an Ulta that I actually tried the Deva line of sulfate-free shampoos.
So, approximately 6 years ago, I found myself in an Ulta near my local mall and looking at a shelf with Deva products. But, the shelves didn’t just contain DevaCurl, they also had DevaCare. A choice had to be made. And, given that I always used products geared towards dry and/or damaged hair, I chose DevaCare No Poo.
What they say: No fade moisturizing cleansers for natural, “blow-fried”, color-treated and chemically processed hair. Enriched with Vitamin C and orange peel extract.
What’s in it: Aqueos Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel; Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Laureth-4, Grape Seed Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Peppermint Oil, Propylene Glycol, Wheat Amino Acids, Soy Amino Acids, Oat Amino Acids, Diazolidinyl, Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance, Red 40, Yellow 5.
What’s not in it: Glycerin; Parabens; Silicones; Sulfates
If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I have tried a few sulfate-free shampoos with either ho-hum or disastrous results. I’ve tried shampoos from Shea Moisture, Curls (salon and store brand) and JessiCurl. They have all done a fine job of cleansing, but I’ve experienced horrible tangles, resulting in excessively long detangling sessions, which I’ve never had to deal with when using DevaCare No or Low Poo (I prefer the No Poo, but get Low if Ulta is out). I have found that diluting these other shampoo with lots of water in a dye applicator bottle reduces and/or eliminates that problem. However, I’ve decided to stick with what I know works for me.
When I use shampoos, including DevaCare No Poo, I only apply to my scalp and roots and massage it in a circular motion with my finger pads (no nails as that is damaging to the scalp). I usually begin with my hair in four twists, which were made during my Coconut or Vatika Oil pre-poo routine. I apply conditioner (usually HE HH) to the length of all the twists and then apply the shampoo to one section, eventually removing the twist as I work it into my scalp to cleanse for a minute or so. I repeat until all four sections are done. Then, I put my head under the shower stream to “lather” a little, finally rinsing the shampoo down the length of my hair. My scalp feels clean without my hair feeling stripped or matted and tangled. Once I apply a daily conditioner to finger detangle before deep conditioning, I am able to detangle my hair in 10-15 minutes at most. This was also the case when my hair was curlier and denser, pre-henna and amla of 2010!
So, if you’ve tried a lot of shampoos and haven’t found the one for you, you may want to try DevaCare or DevaCurl No or Low Poo. I recently discovered, after several failed outings to Ulta resulting in my returning home empty-handed (seriously, if you are ALWAYS out of the product, maybe that means you need to order more of it!), that you can get DevaCare on Amazon.com at a significant savings over the price in store or at some online retailers! I ordered a 32 oz. bottle on Amazon for $26.93 (with free Super Saver shipping!) versus the $37.95 it costs in Ulta or online (pre- S&H)!! That’s a $10 savings! This bottle will last me 3 or 4 months at least! However, I would suggest that you go with a smaller bottle until you determine whether or not it works for you ;)!