I am pretty sure that coco and cocamidopropyl betaine can get rid of cones. So you should be able to still use cones and a low poo instead of a sulfate.

However, it could be the cones initially that are adding to your irritation, like the others have suggested.
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Co-wash, leave in, and gel: Alba botanica coconut cond., ogx mousse, &/or super wet look gel.
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