Do You Find It Necessary to Rotate Products?

Does your hair seem to get "tired" of the same products?

I rotate a bit but only a few things.

I use one low poo, have three conditioners to rotate (one added for the winter), currently three gels but two are used together (still testing a fourth one), one leave in depending on the season (summer usually doesn't have one), one deep treatment and two different protein treatments. I TRY to keep it simple, I am tempted to decide which of my gels is the best and toss the others.
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

Co-Wash: most any silicone free V05 or Suave | RO: GVP Cond. Balm, GVP Joico K Pak, Tresemme Naturals Moisutrizing Cond., SheaMoisture Shea Butter Restorative Cond. | LI: one of my rinse outs | DT: one of my rinse outs with oil | Stylers: BRHG
I'm kind of scared to take the risk of a product not working for me to switch my hair things around. I just bought a new conditioner to use as my leave in and I have yet to see if my hair likes it!
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Hair length is to my bra strap, it's fine textured, but the density is thick, not much elasticity, Naturally Blonde but Color treated because of graying going on

My hair loves
coconut oil
Homemade FSG
Hair one for my co wash
Ecostyler olive oil

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I tend to rotate conditioners but not styling products. I've got (gasp!) too many conditioners, and while I generally stick with particular selection of 2-3, I do like to change it up a bit. This is more due to the scents than any different benefits from different conditioners. Some days I just HAVE to smell like pumpkin (DB pumpkin seed condish); some days I just cannot put up with smelling like AO GPB.

My styling routine, on the other hand, pretty much stays the same day to day. I have a few new products I'm working out how to use at the moment, but mostly I stick with what I know.
3b/c. Fine, med-high porosity, normal elasticity. Hair loves oils in summer, protein in winter. Constantly battling the hard water monster.

CJ Curl Theory, Curl Rehab, Smoothing, Curl Fix, Daily Fix, CCCC, CIAB, CQ, SSCC, MC shampoo, Inecto Pure Coconut Oil, CP luscious curl creme (summer), DB Pumpkin Seed (summer), FD/MT, JCWDT, JCTS

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I rotate my condish every day, and I have about 3-4 curl creams that I rotate around every couple of days but my gels stays the same every day (Angel mixed w/ BRHG). I do rotate CIAB and CK as a serum before diffusing.

My hair seems to perk up a bit if I change my routine every couple of days, so I guess the answer is yes, my hair gets tired of the same routine
Hair Type: 3A/3B, Texture Fine, Thin, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity
Shampoo: DevaCurl NoPoo, CJ DF
Conditioner: DevaCurl OneC, CJ CF, CJ BSC, CJAO
Leave-In: CJ BCLI, CJ Hubiscus & Banana Honey Butta
Styling: CIAB, AG:recoil, CJ CCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG, DevaCurl AnGel, BRHG, CJ CQG, Komaza Coconut products, Curls products
Finishing: CHS Tweek, SS Emollience
DT & PT: DevaCurl Heaven in Hair, SS DD, CJ RM!
I change things from summer to winter and back again, but, as a whole my routine is pretty much the same. The stuff that works works consistently, so I don't need to change it up.
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.

Heck, I rotate whole systems. LOL

My hair just does better with rotation. My scalp too.....I can use more things than I would be able to if I didn't rotate, because they're not on my scalp every day. One or two in a row is ok, but sometimes more than that and my scalp rebels.

Plus it feeds my PJism.

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Products: Free and Clear sulfate free poo and condish, Theraneem Sulfate Free Shampoo/Condish, Unscented SSCEJ, Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Argan oil
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My hair has always satiated on products. I always had to switch shampoo/conditioner when that was all I did. ALWAYS kept two or three sets around to rotate. At this point, I wouldn't even try to count up what I had (my recent order of Marie Dean was 10 products--and I could have ordered tons more, LOL!) I seldom use a product more then twice a week. The only exception was the KBB hair milk. I used that as my rinse out for almost 3 months straight. Now it's been 18 months since I last used it and I don't miss it. It's changed.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
Yep.. I have to. If not, my hair starts to get "bored"--limp curls, won't lay right, etc. This was even before I went CG/transitioned I always rotated poo, condish and stylers.

Something about the changing keeps my hair fresh and bouncy.
Type: 3c with some 4a highlighted
Low porosity thick/coarse texture. nml elasticity
Routine: No rules, just happy hair

Cleanse: CJDF, Prell, LUSH Curly Wurly, Bobeam
LI/RO:BBB, CJ, SheaM, HEHIS, Garnier, KBN Shealoe, CD Chocolat, Oyin HH
Styling: CJ, CR, UFD, Zuresh, Ecostyler,MJ


Nope. I've had to do a bit of fine tuning in order to get my routine where it is now, but I'm totally happy. My hair is quite happy to get the same things every wash.
Started CG July 8, 2008


Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: Ion Effective Care Treatment
Leave-in/Styling: Alba Botanica leave in with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
I rotate conditioners, leav-ins, DT's, styling products. Not in any particular order, or for any reason, not based on season. Perhaps I'd have better hair days if I had more of a "system" or method to my madness, but I don't. It is what it is.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Not necessary, I just like to try out different products . I'm down to my favorite stylers, but I do love to rotate my conditioners and cleansers.
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I do rotate, sort of, but I don't find it necessary. I get bored, not my hair, so I switch up my cleaners and conditioners.
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3a-b, fine & medium texture, medium-high porosity from years of damaging. I'm addicted to changing my hair color.
Cleansing: No-Poo, Elucence MBS, YTC Poo,
Conditioner: One Condition, JC Too Shea!, YTC Condish, Elucence MBC, Joico Daily, KCKT
Styling: KCCC, LALPS, BRHG, Biotera Gel
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One thing that keeps me from using only one product is I get nervous if it discontinues. Scary thought.

But I am going to try to simplify my routine.
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

Co-Wash: most any silicone free V05 or Suave | RO: GVP Cond. Balm, GVP Joico K Pak, Tresemme Naturals Moisutrizing Cond., SheaMoisture Shea Butter Restorative Cond. | LI: one of my rinse outs | DT: one of my rinse outs with oil | Stylers: BRHG
For me rotation works. I have different routines if I am doing my hair at home or after swimming before work.
I have been experimenting a little & am trying to work out the kinks (for example: I bought a small Baby Buttercream which I don't think has done a lick for my hair).
I've started to make notes as to what I use & with which combinations. I notice if the hair changes as the day goes on,too producty looking, etc. I write it down in my hair diary. That way if something goes really wonky I can attempt to figure out where I might have gone wrong!
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2c/3a Fine Texture/Normal Porostiy/Normal elasticity
Using:CJCR/CJBH, Kevin Murphy Maxi wash, AG: recoil, JCCC, DBPSC, SSPT, SSPS, CHSCK
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Last edited by aunttallulah; 05-31-2010 at 11:45 AM. Reason: bad bad grammer
I don't know why my hair is so fickle, but I find that I get better results when I rotate my rinse-out conditioners. Even a product that is superbly great one day will not continue to be great if I use it two or more days in a row. So I've just made a habit of switching it up, using a product once every few days or so. I wonder why this is? And why that is not the case for everyone?

I rotate leave-ins too, but not as much. Gels I only change up for testing purposes.
Dry climate
2C/3A, fine texture, high porosity, medium-low density

For me, desert climate+porous hair+CG=inconsistent results!
I don't know if I find it necessary.... but I certainly find it fun!

Sometimes my hair seems happier when it gets a change. But I'm never sure what causes the change -- products or some other issue.

Wurly and proud!
Modified CG since 2008.
My hair tends to get OC'd, become limp or lose curl if I use the same ingredients & don't change it up. Of course, Seasonal changes require product rotation
Discovered CG 2007

2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

Link-Spritz & Condish Washing

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My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars

CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
My hair tends to get OC'd, become limp or lose curl if I use the same ingredients & don't change it up. Of course, Seasonal changes require product rotation
Originally Posted by DEL2C
+1 -- I could have wrote this word for word!
3a fine; dense; medium-low porosity, frizz prone

Current Favs: KM Shampoo bars, Darcy's pumpkin seed conditioner, CJ Repair Me; CJCR, CJCCC; Marie Dean products; DM Miracurls Gelly; KCCC; CJCQ; LA Looks sport gel

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I used to switch around a lot. But then I would have a million products sitting under my sink not being used for years. So I just threw then all away and decided not to rotate anymore. Now I just use the product until its done and then I'll get another one if I liked it or try a new one if I didn't. Or throw it away or give it to my mom if I hated it before it ran out...

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