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Old 05-29-2010, 08:05 AM   #1
 
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Default Non-CG'ers: experiences with 'cones and humidity?

My hair likes the occasional sulfate wash, so I don't mind 'cones. Actually, I think my hair likes cones, period. I know there are certain ingredients we prefer in different seasons, and I'm just wondering if cones come under the "season sensitive" category, or does their usage stay the same year-round.

And can anyone recommend a lightweight, good-for-summer conditioner that has a cone. Preferably the A-cone, or something less prone to build-up.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:07 AM   #2
 
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I love Redken's Fresh Curls conditioner and love even more so their leave-in conditioner (it has "curl refiner" in it's long title).
They both have the a-cone.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:39 AM   #3
 
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I try to avoid cones only cause I like to alternate lowpoo with nopoo to keep my naturally superdry hair moisturized well.

But if the summer proves too much for my non-cone routine, I'll use them until fall. I'm not an anti-cone holy roller. I'll use them if I need to for manageable hair.

But if I can do without, I will, only cause I do see how alternating nopooing keeps my hair soft and moisturized and less stressed and extends my roots-gray color and overall glaze color.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
 
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I like the herbal essence and the garnier fructis lines. I do believe some are cg so you will have to check out the ingredients. I have never had any build up issues from either line. I do use a sulfate free shampoo daily.

I have had to resort to cones even in my stylers. I get some scary frizz without them.
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:39 PM   #5
 
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My hair likes the occasional sulfate wash, so I don't mind 'cones. Actually, I think my hair likes cones, period. I know there are certain ingredients we prefer in different seasons, and I'm just wondering if cones come under the "season sensitive" category, or does their usage stay the same year-round.

And can anyone recommend a lightweight, good-for-summer conditioner that has a cone. Preferably the A-cone, or something less prone to build-up.
I've read here (a CurlChemist article, for starters) that cones act as an anti-humectant. So even though I am planning on using my cones year-round, I wonder if they are the most helpful when the dewpoints are lower.

I am just like you in that I really like products with the 'milder' cones in them, such as a-cone and bis-aminopropyl dimethicone. I live in a dry climate and my hair has been much happier since I ditched the pure CG routine and carefully introduced some of these cones. Some products that I use and like that fit into this category:

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream (has a-cone)

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner (bis-aminopropyl dimethicone) Sometimes my hair loves this, other times not so much but it is a good solid condish.

Pantene has discontinued some other products that I like (Their Time Renewal Mask is a great leave-in as well, but alas, has been discontinued). It is mostly made up of the bis-cone. Also their Deep Fortifying Treatment was good. (also discontinued)

Last night I just bought Pantene's new Curls "Dry to Moisturized" conditioner and will be trying it tomorrow! The ingredients look good and I have high hopes.

Good luck and keep us posted on what works for you!
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