I like this thread!
My hair loves dimethicone more than the a-cones, -axane, or PEG-.
I'm finally starting to get rid of my shampoo (had the same 16 oz bottle for 5 years) because I've discovered that I can clarify my hair of any type of build-up by using brown sugar and baking soda. The build-up is removed in one application. Plus the granules of the brown sugar feel great on the scalp.
I use whatever method works for me; but I don't mind trying different ones. In fact, modifying those methods to my hair needs can actually improve it. This is why I'm a ModCG.
ModCG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat: coconut oil, sometimes red wine/banana
Clarifier: baking soda/brown sugar paste
Cowash-low-poo: HE The Sleeker The Butter, HE NOYF w/Mandarin
DT:Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets
LI/Detangler: MyDNA, Nu-Gro Leave-in
Stylers:AH Cupuacu & Burdock Sweet Hair Pudding, DVC Light Defining Gel
Other:Redken Time Reset line
*experimenting and loving it!