Completely eliminating all cationic surfactants & polyquats from my routine (i.e., any ingredient ending in "ium" or containing guar).

My hair is no longer coated, dull or stringy. Detangling is a more lengthy process (less artificial slip), but the end results are worth it.

I purchase products almost exclusively from online, boutique, companies now, because cationics & quats are in nearly every commercially available conditioner.

To me, the build-up caused by these ingredients is much worse than silicones ever were. I don't use 'cones either, since I avoid sulfates, but eliminating them was less than half the battle.


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2C/3A--med-coarse, slightly porous (highlighted), very dry & protein sensitive

No-Poo: Naturally Amari Berry No-Poo (w/o Aloe & Horsetail)

Condition: Suave Daily Clarifying & Sun-Ripened Strawberry

Stylers: 4Naturals Spring Back, L'oreal Everstyle Curl Defining Gel

Avoiding: sulfates, ‘cones, parabens, polyquats/cationics (except stearamidopropyl dimethylamine), most proteins/extracts.