Conditioner making my hair hard

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The title is a simplified version of what happened.
I washed my hair as usual, applied my conditioner ( Tresemme Naturals)- which I've been using without issue since the summer- and then my hair knotted up something horrible. It felt stripped and kinda gunky and heavy. I couldn't get a comb through it at all. I rinsed it out and it remained that way. Detangling was a nightmare. But when I finally got it detangled and put my products in it ( coconut oil, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and Ouidad gel [the one in the blue bottle]) , it was like nothing happened, except it was a little heavier.

I'm kinda at a loss of what to do. I don't know how to fix it, or what's causing it. I've tried a ACV rinse in between washing to see if that helps clear up the problem, but on the next go around, it was worse than before.

Any Suggestions? I was having such a great time with this conditioner that I brought two bottles at once and currently have 1 whole bottle and a half a bottle, that's kinda collecting dust.
It looks like you are using pretty heavy products. What do you use to cleanse with?
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I don't know if you're doing CG but I don't think all Ouidad products are CG. It's possible cones are building up on you.


Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
Styler: Giovanni LA

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The Shea moisture products will buildup on your hair and left it hard. The shea moisture curl smoothie & hated it. Left my hair Sahara dessert dry. Shea butter will build up.
As mentioned Ouidad is not entirely CG. I remember I either tossed or gave away a free bottle of something from that line because of the ingredients. I'm pretty sure the shampoo is a sulfate because of that. My first suggestion is that you buy a clarifying shampoo followed by a deep condition. Because if you have buildup there is nothing nothing nothing that is going to be able to moisturize your hair no matter what you put in it. Also my hair is not the biggest fan of coconut oil. It tends to make my hair hard and brittle is used alone. I can get by if it's in formulation depending on where it falls on the ingredient list.
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Thanks ladies.

As for the shampoo, I use the matching shampoo for the conditioner, it's a low sulfate, but probably wasn't strong enough to wash away anything.

I highly doubt Ouidad's gel is CG, as it contains a cone in the first 5 ingredients. I've been using this gel for my twist outs for a long time, but I was using the whole line with it. The smell started to bother me ( too much sweet), so I stopped.

The Shea Moisture was a new addition to my hair since the summer.
In the summer it was the Tresemme line, some coconut oil and KCCC and doing wash-n-gos.
Then the cooler weather began to role through ( that and my disintrest in having wet hair for 85% of my day), so I added in the Shea Moisture, switched back to the Ouidad gel, and started twisting.
My twist outs didn't look the same, they were a lot poofier from when I was using Ouidad and the Jane Carter CDC; just figured it was due to the product combo switch.

Ehh, you live and you learn.

I baking soda "washed" my hair and followed up with an ACV rinse, and it felt 100% better. Applied some As-I-Am leave in, coconut oil and Jane Carter's CDC. My twist looked and felt like they use to when I started 3 odd years ago.
Any recommendations for a good clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner (preferably something without soy, almonds or oats, as I am pretty allergic to those things)?

Really appreciate all the help
I just use Suave's clarifying shampoo. Cheap and effective. I think if it's very cold sometimes products solidify in your hair. That may have contributed to that hard feeling, as well.


Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
Styler: Giovanni LA

Go Red Wings!


I just use Suave's clarifying shampoo. Cheap and effective. I think if it's very cold sometimes products solidify in your hair. That may have contributed to that hard feeling, as well.
Originally Posted by mustangbunny
I'll give this a shot. Thanks
That was my thought, an ingredient might be solidifying in your hair, especially coconut oil. Also, not sure which Tresemme you are using, but the nourishing moisture one has aloe vera and that is a humectant. Humectants are no, no's for dry weather (i.e. Fall, Winter, Summer depending on your location) as they can pull moisture from your hair. I had the opposite experience as I used Tresemme as a leave-in all of last Winter with no issue, but once Summer rolled around, it left my hair brittle and dry as a leave-in and rinse-out conditioner. As far as other conditioners, Sally's GVP Balm is a thick, moisturizing one that goes a long way. For shampoo, I like Kenra Clarifying or the Giovanni TTTT shampoo. Good luck.
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Thanks everyone
Thanks to ton of allergies and sensitivities, i opted for the clarifying Neutrogena ( Anti-Residue) and Carol's Daughter's Monoi deep conditoner.
It was like all the hair magic rained down on my head and my hair has been good to go
Yay!! I've heard good things about the Neutrogena Anti Residue.


Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
Styler: Giovanni LA

Go Red Wings!


Yay!! I've heard good things about the Neutrogena Anti Residue.
Originally Posted by mustangbunny
it's like magic and I don't think it's super drying either.
Hmm I might check it out, then!


Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
Styler: Giovanni LA

Go Red Wings!


I can use humectants in the summer. Please note: none of the shea moisture shampoos are able to get rid of build up. That's why I also is suave clarifying shampoo and I deep conditioner.
Hmm I might check it out, then!
Originally Posted by mustangbunny
*whispers* do it, do it, do it.
I'm kinda dreading shampoo day because I don't want to use my regular shampoo any more. Only want to use the Neutrogena. I love the weird smell... it's just kinda weird, almost medicine, 'i know it's official cause it doesn't smell like rainbows', smell. And it rinses out so nicely, and if you have fragrance sensitivities, it doesn't bother your skin as it's running down.
I can use humectants in the summer. Please note: none of the shea moisture shampoos are able to get rid of build up. That's why I also is suave clarifying shampoo and I deep conditioner.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
The only reason I started using their curl smoothie was because I was using some of their body products (which for the record, the massage oil makes man feet feel like some sort of magical soft awesomeness), and wanted to give it ago.

A lot of the scents in their products smell too sweet for me

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