Great Cheap Low-Poo option!!

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I've read that wavies are more susceptible to oily scalps and therefore lo-poo often rather than co-wash or no-poo, and I've recently found something amazing I wanted to share with you! So here are the ingredients, see if you can guess what it is

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol







Give up yet? It's cheap... AND - it's a generic CVS item...






I found this when I was looking for a sulfate-free option for my kids' shampoo/body wash, and noticed that almost all baby shampoos have sulfates! But this one does not. The main surfactant is a really mild one that actually gives you a great lather (if you like that)

"Decyl Glucoside is a naturally derived non-ionic, sugar-based surfactant prepared by combining corn starch glucose with natural fatty alcohol. Due to its natural origin, this cleansing agent is very mild and readily biodegradable. It provides excellent foaming and is commonly used in preparations for sensitive skin." Naturopathica Holistic Health Ingredient Glossary

that was actually from another post on this site I found lol

The ingredients are the same as CVS baby shampoo, only the shampoo seems to have more dye in it, making it more orange colored. Ahh marketing!!

I hope this helps someone out, if you're looking to save a buck here and there, try this!

One last note: I did find that if I combined this with acv too often, and without conditioning, my hair got very strawlike. So don't skip conditioning!!
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Cool find, I'll have to try this and see if my hair likes it.

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


I forgot one more thing - I read that Decyl Glucoside can be very drying to hair, so I diluted it pretty good. Like maybe1 part baby wash to 3 parts water.
a couple other things I just learned (by reading the ingredients and searching lol):

It's somewhat acidic. No clue how much though.
It contains (a most likely high amount of) humecants.
It will work for removing cones if necessary :-) (This is copied from another thread I was discussing this on):

I was curious and referred to my favorite crafty cosmetic chemist, Susan Barclay-Nichols, who when asked (in a comment on this post) "are the gentlest surfactants like cocamidopropyl betaine and decyl glucoside able to wash away silicones?" says:

"If you aren't using tons and tons of it, yes. (When I say tons, I mean using a conditioner, leave in, anti-frizz, and heat protecting spray - especially the last one! - every single day.) If you're using that much, I'd include 2% cetrimonium chloride in your conditioner, which is a great silicone remover.

Even the most gentle surfactants are effective at removing silicones and other things that can film form. This is one of the reasons we don't see much build up on our hair from conditioners any more - gentle and mild isn't equal to poor cleansing"

I've followed her blog for a while, and she is uber-knowledgeable so I trust her lol. Of course, take that with a grain of salt, like she says this only works if you don't have a ton of build up! Hopefully that helps someone other than me too.

I started to look into non-ionic (decyl glucoside) vs amphoteric (cocobetain) but it got too technical for me lol...

At any rate, I think the main reason decyl glucoside may not be on that list on the page about silicones is because in most cases it is a lesser/complementary surfactant, waaaay down the ingredient list and therefore is often overlooked. In the CVS baby wash though, it's the 2nd ingredient in the list. Sorbitol is next (which wow, looking it up now I just found that it's a humectant!), then Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate which is another mild surfactant, also a derivative of coconut oil similar to cocobetaine, and is often used to remove minerals from hard water. So I just learned more about my cheapy low-poo than I knew before! Hooray for discovery! Incidentally, it also has citric acid and Dehydroacetic Acid, so that could be why when I tried to use it in conjunction with ACV my hair got fried!

Hope that is helpful for someone :-)
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!
Very helpful, thanks! I'm finally accepting that I have hard water, and the build-up weighs my fine hair down too much. Thanks to this thread, I bought some Burt's Bees baby shampoo and plan to try it later. I also got a cheaper poo with sulfates and EDTA, but I'm hoping I can just clarify with that every now and then.

Burt's Bees Shampoo and Wash:
Water, decyl glucoside, coco-betaine, lauryl glucoside, sucrose laurate, glycerin, fragrance, betaine, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, sodium chloride, xanthan gum, glucose, citric acid, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene

Looks like a lot of humectants in there, and it wasn't quite as cheap.
yay! I'm glad it helped someone else :-)
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!

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