Re: cones... honestly if you have a low-poo w/ cocamidopropyl betaine or coco betaine that can dissolve cones yet is still gentle, I don't see why you can't use cones. I understand some people want to go the no-poo route, in which case they need to avoid cones as well... if you're using a cone-dissolving low-poo anyway there's no need to unnecessarily fear the cones. I like my Giovanni TTTT (non-stripping and does have c. betaine) so lately I've been thinking of re-incoroporating cones, but I haven't because I am mostly happy with my cone-less products.
F - N/LP - NE - MD -- 2B/C
Tropical climate/high dews routine:
Low-poo: BROO IPA, YTCukes, Original Sprout Natural Shampoo*
RO: G SaS*, SSI Okra*, MillCreek Biotin, EO Keratin
LI: G SaS* or SSI O* or none
Styler: FSG* or Volumax Mega
DT: EVCO (rare)
PT: iagirl's gelatin*, SS PT*
Experimenting with: Ouidad CC gel
* = I love it!
Silicone/Sulfate free since 2010.
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