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Better Than Dawn Soap? Residue Removal on Locs

before and after collage. on the before side there is a bucket of soapy water tinted light blue. on the right side there is dirty soapy water. in article about comparison to dawn dish soap for removing residue from hair.

Dawn soap is probably the gold standard for locs buildup removal. But you may be wondering: are there other options? After all, Dawn Dish Soap is a soap for dishes and not for your hair and scalp. A strong clarifying shampoo alternative to dish soap is Paul Mitchell 3 Shampoo. Take a look at the results and process below. 

Why Paul Mitchell 3

bottle of paul mitchell shampoo 3 for a clarifying shampoo article. bottle has a white background. bottle is white with a blue cap.

Before getting into the process, I’ll get into why Paul Mitchell 3 and what makes it (like Dawn Dish Soap) good at removing residue from your locs. Both Dawn Dish Soap & Paul Mitchell 3 Shampoo have high pH levels of 9. This is good, because a high pH level is good at removing hair buildup. Furthermore, they both use sulfates for a stronger clarifying power as well. Though – Dawn Dish Soap has a higher concentration and strength of sulfates. 

Top 3 Ingredients

Dawn Dish SoapPaul Mitchell 3 Shampoo
WaterWater
Sodium Lauryl SulfateDisodium Cocoamphodiacetate
C10-16 Alkyldimethylamine OxideSodium Laureth Sulfate

Clarifying Process & Results

Before adding shampoo, rinse your hair till it is full of water. Then work the shampoo till your locs get to a lather. Given the strength, you can avoid your scalp and focus on the mid to the end of your locs. For your scalp, you can use a milder shampoo. Squeeze out the (now dirty) suds. Next, dip your locs into soapy water and work through your locs. Use a brush (short bristled nylon or silicon) to work through your locs in the soapy water. 

before and after collage. on the before side there is a bucket of soapy water tinted light blue. on the right side there is dirty soapy water.
Soapy Water Before & After

After that, you can go through your final rinse. Paul Mitchell 3 does have a high pH, so make sure to rinse thoroughly. Paul Mitchell recommends their conditioner given the strength of the shampoo. However, it’s preferable to avoid conditioners in your locs. Instead, rose water has a low pH so it can serve as a way to rebalance your locs afterwards. Before using a final pH lowering spray (like rose water or ACV), blot out the water from your locs. 

Analyzing Popular Clarifying Shampoos

As you can see, the Paul Mitchell 3 shampoo is very adept at removing buildup from your locs. Have you given it a go? If not, is there another shampoo you find comparable to Dawn Dish Soap? 

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