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Old 07-30-2009, 08:12 PM   #21
 
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Yes, Aubrey's Organics, Burt's Bees, Giovanni and NUDE Naturals are great brands for shampoo & conditioners that are Natural or Organic.
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i really like chagrin valley shampoo bars. especially the mud and clay one.

for my good conditioner, i love the burts bees more moisture. but there is protein in it fairly high on the label so for anyone who is protein sensitive, i would stay away from it.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:11 PM   #23
 
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My favorites are:

low poo: Avalon organics/olive grape seed; Trader Joes's nourish spa

rinse-out condish: EO rose & chamomile

leave-in condish: KBB nectar

deep condish: KBB hair mask
I agree. EO conditioners are the best
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Q:my hair has been responding okay to garnier conditioner for dry hair ... is this product CG? maybe not?
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I'm currently loving Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner. The Burt's Bees products are really good as well.
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Followmesky - check your label for anything ending in -cone or -xane. They are silicones and are almost always death for curls.
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You could try mixing up your own shampoo with a natural castlie soap, water, jojoba oil. I really like Dr. Bonners there are several really nice smelling varities. You could also add e/o for an extra kick Lavender, Sandalwood, Cedarwood are great for dry hair.
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Would Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean face wash work as a lo-poo? Check out the magnificent ingredient list!

Castile Soap, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Hedychium Coronarium (Awapuhi) Root Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Petitgrain) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.
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Mushroom_head: that combo sounds really good, but becaused its for your face, I would try it out on one section of your hair and sclap first.
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I have recently changed my routine up a little and found a really awsome conditioner!!

***natures gate aloe vera for dry/damaged hair.***

it ends up being half as much as the burts bees and works even better than the burts bees more moisture. and it is mostly natural.
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I have recently changed my routine up a little and found a really awsome conditioner!!

***natures gate aloe vera for dry/damaged hair.***

it ends up being half as much as the burts bees and works even better than the burts bees more moisture. and it is mostly natural.
Dailywavy, is the Nature's Gate good at detangling? I'm looking for a new conditioner, and tangles are my number one concern. I couldn't tell from the ingredient list whether it had anything in it for detangling:

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:20 AM   #32
 
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I love the Yes to products (except Carrots as I think that condish has cones). They are awesome and mostly organic (or all, I can't really tell!) and available on ground.

I've used the Yes to Tomatoes Condish and if you want to detangle--this one is great! It conditions really really well too! Awesome!

I can also recommend Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner--it is organic and does a good job of conditioning. I think there are some proteins down on the list but a lot of people use this one without problem including my daughter who cannot take much protein. We have to save her protein for a D/T every couple of weeks followed by a moisturing D/T or her hair ends up hard, dry, straw like, and frizzy.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:05 PM   #33
 
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I have recently changed my routine up a little and found a really awsome conditioner!!

***natures gate aloe vera for dry/damaged hair.***

it ends up being half as much as the burts bees and works even better than the burts bees more moisture. and it is mostly natural.
I also have this conditioner in my line up. It's a good medium conditioner - not too heavy.

As far as shampoos, Burt's Bees works well after I do a DT and need to get the heavy oils out of my hair. It's too strong for regular use.

Curly_Jammy mentioned mixing up castile soap. I tried this using 2 oz. Dr. Bronner's baby soap, added 1 tsp. lecithin, 1 tsp. grapeseed oil, 2 tsp. ACV and steeped chamomile and white tea leaves in 6oz hot water. The grapeseed oil might be too much since Dr. Bonner's has oils in it or if your hair doesn't like a lot of oils.

Also, Kathymack's soap bars work great! Don't be shy to toot your own horn girl.

I've also used Kiss My Face olive oil bar to wash my hair. I like this bar head-to-toe and you can buy it at Whole Foods and most health food stores. I've been trying to use up all my regular shampoo to eventually use only soap bars. My scalp is too oily to only cowash. But soap bars and castile are much milder. And don't forget the ACV rinses afterwards; they work well on frizzy hair. Have fun!
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:48 AM   #34
 
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i am also really into trying to use only natural products on my hair/face/body, and have been trying out a bunch of different brands. i've had good experiences with the nature's gate products. i used their biotin strengthening conditioner if my hair needs protein, but i use their aloe vera conditioner everyday. i drench my hair with it, and leave a little in, and you can feel it plump up your hair. it also never leaves my hair feeling weighed down/greasy, and really moisturizes it. i also use aubrey organics honeysuckle rose as i need it, and while heavy, does a great job as a deep treatment, or as a rinse out. i actually don't like the smell of honeysuckle though, so i'll be trying a different conditioner of theirs once i run out.

and i wash my hair everyday with a chagrin valley shampoo bar. i did not like the mud and clay one, but that was my first bar, and my hair had to transition. so far i really like the summer sunshine, and the herb garden is ok. i've also never used an apple cider vinegar rinse after the shampoo bar, b/c i can't deal with the smell or the idea of putting it on my hair, and my hair has adjusted to using them just fine. i never feel any residue/etc afterwards, and my hair never feels dry. it just feels soft and clean. i recommend getting the gift sizes, which are better than the sample sizes b/c they're not cut into weird shapes. i'm also searching for other brands of shampoo bars to try out too, just to see whats out there.

but chagrin valley's products have been great so far. if you're looking to get away from sulfates, but are afraid that the conditioner washes will be too heavy on your hair, then the shampoo bars are a great way to go, especially if you have finer hair. i want a lot of volume in my hair, and so thats what turned me onto the shampoo bars over the co-washes. and i use a conditioner after it, one without silicones, and my hair has been looking pretty good. and i use deva products for styling, b/c they're water soluble, so it doesn't take a harsh shampoo to get them out. hth!
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i am also really into trying to use only natural products on my hair/face/body, and have been trying out a bunch of different brands. i've had good experiences with the nature's gate products. i used their biotin strengthening conditioner if my hair needs protein, but i use their aloe vera conditioner everyday. i drench my hair with it, and leave a little in, and you can feel it plump up your hair. it also never leaves my hair feeling weighed down/greasy, and really moisturizes it. i also use aubrey organics honeysuckle rose as i need it, and while heavy, does a great job as a deep treatment, or as a rinse out. i actually don't like the smell of honeysuckle though, so i'll be trying a different conditioner of theirs once i run out.

and i wash my hair everyday with a chagrin valley shampoo bar. i did not like the mud and clay one, but that was my first bar, and my hair had to transition. so far i really like the summer sunshine, and the herb garden is ok. i've also never used an apple cider vinegar rinse after the shampoo bar, b/c i can't deal with the smell or the idea of putting it on my hair, and my hair has adjusted to using them just fine. i never feel any residue/etc afterwards, and my hair never feels dry. it just feels soft and clean. i recommend getting the gift sizes, which are better than the sample sizes b/c they're not cut into weird shapes. i'm also searching for other brands of shampoo bars to try out too, just to see whats out there.

but chagrin valley's products have been great so far. if you're looking to get away from sulfates, but are afraid that the conditioner washes will be too heavy on your hair, then the shampoo bars are a great way to go, especially if you have finer hair. i want a lot of volume in my hair, and so thats what turned me onto the shampoo bars over the co-washes. and i use a conditioner after it, one without silicones, and my hair has been looking pretty good. and i use deva products for styling, b/c they're water soluble, so it doesn't take a harsh shampoo to get them out. hth!
cassiecurls, how is the nature's gate aloe vera conditioner in terms of detangling?
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My 2b, low-pooing sister loves to use Trader Joe's Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner for her hair. The gently massages her scalp with the shampoo and rinses well...and then smooths a little conditioner on her hair...at least 5 inches from the roots, because then it gets oily. And most of the ingredients are Organic. And both are about $3.50!
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it does a pretty good job... the underlayer of my hair is finer, and i usually get some tangles in there, but if you just blob the conditioner on it, you can gently work them out. most of the time they just come out when i rinse. i got a haircut last week too, and that helped a ton with the tangles. i find i have less of them now. i was also told that if i overhandle my hair when its wet, that will cause them... which i have definitely noticed.. and did my best to stop doing.
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I recently started using the Nature's Gate Hemp Shampoo & Conditioner. My hair is already thanking me just after 2 weeks of using it. The conditioner detangles the hair easily. Can be found at Whole Foods, $6.29 per bottle
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...it does a pretty good job... the underlayer of my hair is finer, and i usually get some tangles in there, but if you just blob the conditioner on it, you can gently work them out. most of the time they just come out when i rinse. i got a haircut last week too, and that helped a ton with the tangles. i find i have less of them now. i was also told that if i overhandle my hair when its wet, that will cause them... which i have definitely noticed.. and did my best to stop doing.
After reading Cassiecurls' rave review, I bought the Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Conditioner. I've now used it about 3 or 4 times, and so far I really like it!

It does detangle well, and is moisturizing without weighing down my curls. I don't know whether the panthenol in it will pose a problem long term, but so far so good. The smell reminds me of sweet tarts candy, and it remains in my hair even after its dry, but only faintly so it's not overwhelming.

Thanks for recommending it!
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...it does a pretty good job... the underlayer of my hair is finer, and i usually get some tangles in there, but if you just blob the conditioner on it, you can gently work them out. most of the time they just come out when i rinse. i got a haircut last week too, and that helped a ton with the tangles. i find i have less of them now. i was also told that if i overhandle my hair when its wet, that will cause them... which i have definitely noticed.. and did my best to stop doing.
After reading Cassiecurls' rave review, I bought the Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Conditioner. I've now used it about 3 or 4 times, and so far I really like it!

It does detangle well, and is moisturizing without weighing down my curls. I don't know whether the panthenol in it will pose a problem long term, but so far so good. The smell reminds me of sweet tarts candy, and it remains in my hair even after its dry, but only faintly so it's not overwhelming.

Thanks for recommending it!

omg! i'm so glad you liked it! my hair got more and more curly the longer i used it. i'm on my 5/6th bottle, and my hair is the curliest its been since i was a kid.

i actually decided to try the deva no poo and one condition, because i love/use their styling products, and i totally regret it. i am buying my nature's gate aloe condish the second i see one. my hair has way more moisture, volume and curl when i use the chagrin valley shampoo bar (new all time fave is the babassu marshmallow!!!) with the aloe conditioner than any other cleansing routine. i will never stray again.
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