HELP! Mysterious buildup!!

After cutting out sulfates and sillicones about six weeks ago, my hair looked amazing. But in the past week or so I've noticed it getting gross again. I have buildup. Somehow, someHOW, I must've been using a 'cone without realizing. The most likely culprit is an ION deep condition/protein (my hair loves protein--weird, I know!) treatment that contains ingredients that end on "one," but not "cone," "conol," or "xane." Is an ingredient that ends in "one" still a 'cone?

The only other possibility is a hair oil treatment I used to use before I went 'cone free. I applied in by accident a few days ago, freaked out, and immediately jumped in the shower and washed it out (with a gentle, sulfate free shampoo). Could using a sillicone one time and immediately getting it out of my hair still make my hair this disgusting?

I'm a new curly, so any advice/knowledge from you experienced curlies would be much appreciated! Is my only recourse now to (gulp) use a sulfate shampoo to get this crap out of my hair?
What is the mysterious -one ingredient? If you type out the whole name, that can help us identify it. Also, was that sulfate-free shampoo also silicone-free?
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Ok, I found the list of ingredients:

WATER, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, DICETYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE, STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN, DISTEARYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE, STEARAMINE OXIDE, PEG-5 SOY STEROL, LECITHIN, FRAGRANCE, LAURETH-12, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, METHYLPARABEN, PANTHENOL, CITRIC ACID, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE

I am positive my shampoo is silicone free, so it's gotta be a conditioner. My other conditioner is from the Suave naturals line and I'm pretty sure it's ok--i know a lot of curlies use it. I'll go over my styling products when I get home, but I'm pretty positive they're ok. Devacurl AnGel and a mousse (and I triple-checked the mousse when I bought it). THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Those ingredients are okay - they're preservatives and CG-friendly. A lot of people (me included!) have asked about them or looked them up because their names are so similar to silicones.

So you know that's not it - now I'm really curious about what the heck is going on! It is possible that the oil treatment you put in your hair a few days ago is the culprit. Even though you used a sulfate-free 'poo, it may not have gotten everything out. What was the treatment? If it had mineral or castor oils in it, it could take more than one low 'poo to get it out.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

I think it must be the oil treatment. I don't remember the brand, but it was an Argan oil treatment that SHOCKED me when I looked at the ingredient list (seriously--the oil was only listed after THREE 'CONES). Is that a mineral oil? Can you tell how much I know nothing?

I'm so grateful for your help-I really like the Ion deep conditioner/protein treatment once a week for bouncy curls. I would've been sad to throw it out.

I'm gonna ransack my bathroom tonight with the aid of google and double check there are no more 'cones lurking. That oil must've seriously packed a sillicone-y punch (although to be fair, I put a BUNCH of it in my hair before realizing my mistake).

And I have learned that I am NOT one of those curlies who can tolerate 'cones "once-in-a-while." My hair hates me right now. Lesson (inadvertently) learned!
I haven't tried 'cones since going CG in August - I'm afraid I'll undo all the work I've done! It's good that you know you can't tolerate them.

If a product as mineral oil, it will say that on the ingredient list. Same with castor oil, I think. If the oil treatment had three 'cones on the list, your sulfate-free 'poo may not have been enough to get them out. You may need to do an actual sulfate wash (with a sulfate shampoo that's still silicone free) to get them out for good. Most sulfate-free 'poos aren't strong enough to remove 'cones, I don't think. Many curlies keep a cheapie sulfate shampoo on hand for just this kind of reason, or for the occasional clarifying. Using it once to get the 'cones from the oil treatment out shouldn't hurt you.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Sorry for the delay--found myself horrifyingly/liberatingly internet-free for the weekend.

Used a sulfate shampoo to get rid of the buildup and after a couple of rough, dry days am back to normal. Thank goodness.

Thanks soooo much for all your help! May your spirals be twirly and your ringlets full of bounce!
Sorry for the delay--found myself horrifyingly/liberatingly internet-free for the weekend.

Used a sulfate shampoo to get rid of the buildup and after a couple of rough, dry days am back to normal. Thank goodness.

Thanks soooo much for all your help! May your spirals be twirly and your ringlets full of bounce!
Originally Posted by Sadie Twirl
I learned the hard way that giving up cones does not make you immune to build up. It happens more slowly than with cones but I still have to clarify my hair because I use a lot of products with oils and shea butter and my hair is fine.
Yay! Glad we could figure it out!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

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