As a black girl with natural hair, I don't tend to switch up the products I use very often. I've found an entire line of products that work well for my kinky, coily and semi-frizzy 4C hair, and I stick with it for the most part. However, after my visit to the Aveda Experience Center at NorthPark Center in January, they sent me home with the Invati Exfoliating Shampoo. At first, I wasn't sure if I wanted to use it because I've fallen in love with Camille Rose's Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse, but I decided to only apply it to my scalp...and I loved it.
When Aveda sent their new Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser and Protective Scalp Concentrate, I was super eager to try them out on my next wash day. I felt so clean and comfortable afterwards. No leftover itching, flakes or anything! Essentially, they both do the same thing when used on the scalp...but I've broken down some of the differences between Invati and Pramasana below:
Pramasana Scalp Cleanser
- Convenience of a nozzle to target scalp for easy shower use
- Created specifically to cleanse the scalp
- Contains cleansing agents from babassu, seaweed extract, lactobacillus, and tamanu oil.
- Will need a shampoo to follow with to cleanse the hair/strands
- One size: $35 USD (5 fl oz)
Invati Exfoliating Shampoo
- No convenience of a nozzle. Kind of messy if you're trying to only use on the scalp
- Created to cleanse the hair and scalp
- Contains densiplex, an invigorating blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including ginseng and certified organic turmeric.
- Multiple sizes: $11 USD (travel), $30 (6.7 fl oz), $133 (1 liter)
My Wash Routine
- Apply Pramāsana Purifying Scalp Cleanser only to my scalp using the nozzle. Massage with fingertips and rinse.
- Follow with Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse on the strands by section and rinse.
- Condition with Camille Rose Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard for 5 minutes OR deep condition with Algae Renew Deep Conditioner for 20 minutes and rinse.
- Apply Pramasana Protective Scalp Concentrate directly to the scalp and massage with fingertips.
- Style as usual.
The Protective Scalp Concentrate ($45 USD) is the second and final step in the Pramasana Collection. Usually, I would just apply one of my favorite oils to my scalp, but I really appreciate Aveda for adding this as a follow-up to the Scalp Cleanser which cleanses and exfoliates to help balance sebum levels. Like any other part of your skin that requires a routine such as the face or body, your scalp deserves a proper routine as well. Adding a product that will help balance and protect the scalp is very important. Remember: a healthy scalp helps promotes hair growth.
Frequency of Use
I would recommend using these products together for the best results because they were created to work together like most products from brands. Together, they total around $80 which is a little pricey if you're on a budget...but they do work and are excellent for sistas with natural hair.
Psst...If you ARE on a serious budget, try Cantu's new Apple Cider Vinegar products -- there's three of them in the collection and they're only like $5 each.
If you're a girl with textured hair like me, then you probably don't shampoo your hair every week, so they should last awhile. A little definitely goes a long way. Here's when and how often I recommend using these products:
For weekly washers (loose natural hair) -- if you're used to washing your hair weekly, then the Pramasana Collection may be used every time you wash. That's totally okay!
- For bi-weekly washers (loose natural hair) -- I don't really prefer to cleanse weekly unless I'm packing on lots of products and really need it, so you can use this collection in between co-wash weeks, too.
- For protective styles -- If your beautician doesn't wash your hair, use this before getting your hair done whether it's for a protective style or otherwise. Nothing worse than dirty buildup under a fresh style. You can also use this after you've taken down a protective style or during (see next) for some.
- For braids & twists -- Sometimes things get a little itchy with braids/twists in and with select styles you can successfully wash your hair with them in. This is great for purifying the scalp easily and getting around each braid with the nozzle & dropper.
So, if you came here wondering if black girls with natural hair can use these products, then I'm here to tell you "YES, WE CAN!"