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?
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
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: Yes to Cucumbers, Renpure Coconut Cream
Condish: GVP CB, V05 Vanilla Mint Tea
Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
PT: Hair not responding well to protein anymore
Styler: Sweet Curls Crazy Crunchy FSG, Naturelle gel cocktailed with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree gel

Go Red Wings!


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: Yes to Cucumbers, Renpure Coconut Cream
Condish: GVP CB, V05 Vanilla Mint Tea
Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
PT: Hair not responding well to protein anymore
Styler: Sweet Curls Crazy Crunchy FSG, Naturelle gel cocktailed with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree gel

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.
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I'll give this a shot. Thanks

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