Dry roots/greasy ends?

Please help a newbie!

I've been stalking these forums for a while and just recently decided to start CG, since I seemed to be a textbook case: really frizzy hair that couldn't decide whether it wanted to be wavy or curly and that got super oily less than 24 hours after shampooing.

I'm in week three now, and having some odd issues. The biggest is that my hair seems to have reversed itself - my roots look good, and are if anything overdry. But my ends are super stringy and greasy-looking. This is bizarre to me. Is it possible to get product buildup on just the ends? I've been keeping it EXTREMELY simple since I'm just starting out - just doing a co-wash with Suave, no additional products or rinses.

I think I may have really hard water, but it's hard to find out - I currently live in Okinawa, Japan. I've vaguely heard that there's a lot of coral-related calcium in the water. Because of the Japan thing, too, it's hard for me to get my hands on products whose ingredients I can understand. :P I got the conditioner when I was in the States for Christmas.

I've been considering doing one wash with a sulfate shampoo because it's getting bad. I've got some Nizoral on hand (it's meant for dandruff, but I used it about a year ago for a skin issue instead). It's got SLS, but only as the second-to-last ingredient, and no cones. Think it would be all right?

Thanks, everyone!
It would help if we knew what your hair stats were. If you can provide those then i'm sure we can help.

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I'm still learning, but from what I can tell it's 2c, thick, and medium texture.

I am not sure about the porosity, but I think it's normal? It's totally virgin and has never been dyed, permed, or really had any kind of chemicals used on it at all. It tends to take HOURS to air dry, but for the past two years I've only used a dryer on it maybe three or four times. Basically, I think it's as undamaged as it can get.
I think it is possible to have buildup on the ends. Make sure you are gently scrubbing all of your hair with the conditioner. Because it is CG-friendly and without sulfates you have to work a little harder to get a squeaky clean feeling. Although this is quite a reversal :P

If you don't want to start over with a sulfate shampoo, try a baking soda scrub?
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I didn't have baking soda on hand, but remembered that my hair looks best/curliest in the summer after a lot of swimming in the ocean + conditioning for repair, so I actually tried a bit of sea salt and that seems to have helped the filminess. Odd, but I'll go with that for now, since I'm probably still transitioning.
I didn't have baking soda on hand, but remembered that my hair looks best/curliest in the summer after a lot of swimming in the ocean + conditioning for repair, so I actually tried a bit of sea salt and that seems to have helped the filminess. Odd, but I'll go with that for now, since I'm probably still transitioning.
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Glad it worked but don't overdo it either! Your hair is probably in the transition stage especially since you just started. I'm at 3 months and I finally feel like my hair is getting better.
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Oh, don't worry, I won't. I'm trying to stay as minimalist as possible while my hair adjusts - simple co-wash with no products or creams or anything except for *maybe* a clear gel now and then. I'll just try salt/baking soda in case of really bad buildup like I had this week. Thanks for the advice!

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