Is there such a thing as a clarifying shampoo w/o sulfates?

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Does anyone know of a clarifying shampoo that does not contain sulfates (Other than Come Clean by CJ)? Can you give me some ideas about your clarifying routines? Thanks.
Armpit length (dry), middle of back wet, 2c/3a, fine, porous, color-over-gray, normal elasticity. Trying so hard to grow it out.
CG since June 2011 and loving it so far.
Product Junkie-love anything CJ. Used to love KT and KCCC, but lately doing nothing for my hair but flattening it.
Am experimenting with products to see what works for me. Seems like I get different results every day even if I use the same products!
Shea Moisture, Kinky-Curly and Curls brand all have sulfate free shampoos. Also L'Oreal EverSleek is CG (the Ever "pure" lines are also sulfate free, but they have cones.)

That being said, I have given up on shampoo completely. I always thought my problem before CG was the 'fates, but even CG poos leave my whole head stripped and completely snarled. The most successful clarifying technique so far for me has been a baking soda/brown sugar co-wash, followed by a strong acv rinse. Scrubs the scalp clean, clarifies my ends and my hair is crazy soft and amazingly shiny when I'm done. I'm still trying other cleansing creams, but so far none have beat this combo. HTH

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*Whatever makes my curls happy* since 01/2011
3b/c/a Thick, Medium/Coarse, Normal Porosity & Elasticity, Dyed.
Kind of starting from scratch...
Cleanse: various low-poos (still searching)
Condish: Aura Cherry Almond Bark (but always on the look-out)
DT: SMDTM
Styling: LI, curl cream, gel. Insert various products appropriately.
I <3: Coconut & Argan oil, my Denman, a neat side-braid.
"Oh, you were going to straighten it? I just like it curly so much better..."
Live Clean apple cider vinegar clarifying shampoo. The whole line is sulfate/paraben- silicone free. It's here in Toronto. not sure where else it is sold.

shoulder length long layered 2b/3a lots of it
wash: Live Clean shampoo Abba pure curl Mop c hydrating
cond: suave coconut Goldwell curly twist
Protein: Redken Extreme Cat
style: Ag:recoil Deva Mist-er right
AG renew is a sulfate free clarifying poo.


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2c/3a, medium/coarse, normal porosity, normal elasticity
CG and covering the grey!
Ion Color Solutions Color Defense Clarifying Shampoo. It's sulfate and paraben free, pH balanced, and 100% vegan. I think it's 5.99 for the 12oz at Sally's.

I love it.

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Moisturizers: QBAOHC, SMCES, SMH&SMM
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Absolutely! Anything can be used as a clarifying shampoo, whether it has sulfates or it doesn't. You can even do a baking soda scrub with an ACV rinse -- simple, cheap, and really easy, and it works AMAZINGLY well! It leaves my hair soft and shiny but super clean. Best clarification routine for my hair ever!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

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Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
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Does a baking powder scrub affect hair that's been dyed?
Absolutely! Anything can be used as a clarifying shampoo, whether it has sulfates or it doesn't. You can even do a baking soda scrub with an ACV rinse -- simple, cheap, and really easy, and it works AMAZINGLY well! It leaves my hair soft and shiny but super clean. Best clarification routine for my hair ever!
Originally Posted by wavynwild16
Me too, Wavy! I've started adding brown sugar as well, and it's better than any expensive shampoo I've tried. I love it!!

Does a baking powder scrub affect hair that's been dyed?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
I've only used baking soda (I'm guessing that's what you meant anyway) and it hasn't affected my dyes at all, permanent, semi-permanent or henna. And I use a strong mix with a strong acv rinse. Honestly, I think my colors have never looked better since I started using the scrub. I don't know if baking soda is supposed to cause long-term damage, but I haven't noticed any. I kind of hope someone chimes in and lets me know if it's otherwise lol... HTH
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*Whatever makes my curls happy* since 01/2011
3b/c/a Thick, Medium/Coarse, Normal Porosity & Elasticity, Dyed.
Kind of starting from scratch...
Cleanse: various low-poos (still searching)
Condish: Aura Cherry Almond Bark (but always on the look-out)
DT: SMDTM
Styling: LI, curl cream, gel. Insert various products appropriately.
I <3: Coconut & Argan oil, my Denman, a neat side-braid.
"Oh, you were going to straighten it? I just like it curly so much better..."
Curlycandy, how do you do your baking soda scrub? Do you mix it with conditioner or water? I think I want to try this before my DT today, so would you mind sharing details please of your routine? TIA!


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2c/3a, medium/coarse, normal porosity, normal elasticity
CG and covering the grey!
i really like the CURLS pure curls clarifying shampoo. its sulfate free. i use it once every 2 months as the bottle suggests to rid my hair of build up. my hair is always so soft & shiny after and bc i use it so infrequently, the bottle will last forever!

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Curlycandy, how do you do your baking soda scrub? Do you mix it with conditioner or water? I think I want to try this before my DT today, so would you mind sharing details please of your routine? TIA!


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Originally Posted by curlyloxnv
Sorry I didn't get back sooner, 12 hour shifts back-to-back put me out of commission for a few days! lol

The scrub I use every time is about 3 tbsp conditioner, I use GVPCB because of it's creaminess and great slip, Or Aura Cherry Almond Bark for the same reasons. When I use the Aura- holy crow, it smells amazing! (My boyfriend calls it my Candy Scrub ), 1 heaping tablespoon baking soda and 1 heaping tablespoon of brown sugar. Mix well until its creamy again. I scrub extra well, really making sure I get my whole head (with all of my hair, it's no wonder I only have time to do this once per week!) Then I follow with a very strong half & half water/acv rinse. My hair is unbelievably soft and shiny. I love it!
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*Whatever makes my curls happy* since 01/2011
3b/c/a Thick, Medium/Coarse, Normal Porosity & Elasticity, Dyed.
Kind of starting from scratch...
Cleanse: various low-poos (still searching)
Condish: Aura Cherry Almond Bark (but always on the look-out)
DT: SMDTM
Styling: LI, curl cream, gel. Insert various products appropriately.
I <3: Coconut & Argan oil, my Denman, a neat side-braid.
"Oh, you were going to straighten it? I just like it curly so much better..."
Thanks cc3, I'm going to give this a try today. But tryin to figure out if I should scrub, acv, DT or scrub, DT then acv last. What do you think? And I checked out your blog, we are totally hair twins!! So I'm going to let you do all the experimenting then do what works for you!!


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2c/3a, medium/coarse, normal porosity, normal elasticity
CG and covering the grey!
Thanks cc3, I'm going to give this a try today. But tryin to figure out if I should scrub, acv, DT or scrub, DT then acv last. What do you think? And I checked out your blog, we are totally hair twins!! So I'm going to let you do all the experimenting then do what works for you!!


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Originally Posted by curlyloxnv

I like to scrub, DT, acv rinse. I feel like getting my scalp clean and scrubbing the product and free radicals out of my hair lets the DT sink in better. Plus, as I've read (and I didn't research it further, so if someone who knows better could pipe in, that would be great ) baking soda's alkaline in nature which actually opens the cuticle, thus allowing the DT to absorb into the under layers of your strands. Acv to follow returns to acidity which causes the cuticles to close, and lock in all the new moisture in addition to creating shine. I don't know if all that's completely accurate, but it makes sense to me, and really works on my hair.
Since the acv mix that I use is so strong, I usually rinse out about half of the DT, pour in the acv, then rinse the rest of the way. I always, always, always use a leave-in, then add stylers.
Southeast Michigan
*Whatever makes my curls happy* since 01/2011
3b/c/a Thick, Medium/Coarse, Normal Porosity & Elasticity, Dyed.
Kind of starting from scratch...
Cleanse: various low-poos (still searching)
Condish: Aura Cherry Almond Bark (but always on the look-out)
DT: SMDTM
Styling: LI, curl cream, gel. Insert various products appropriately.
I <3: Coconut & Argan oil, my Denman, a neat side-braid.
"Oh, you were going to straighten it? I just like it curly so much better..."
All-Nutrient ClarpHX clarifying shampoo is sulfate free. I love this stuff.
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Thanks curlycandy, I'm off to DT and give the scrub a try. I did see in another thread that baking soda can strip color. I'm auburn with a little help and covering the greys. Have you noticed any color stripping from your scrub?


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2c/3a, medium/coarse, normal porosity, normal elasticity
CG and covering the grey!
Honestly, I haven't colored since I before I started taking care of my hair (I can't believe its been 7 months!), until today. I will be using the scrub once my oils build back up after being stripped off by the dye. If you scrub before I do, let me know how your color holds, and I'll do the same!

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Southeast Michigan
*Whatever makes my curls happy* since 01/2011
3b/c/a Thick, Medium/Coarse, Normal Porosity & Elasticity, Dyed.
Kind of starting from scratch...
Cleanse: various low-poos (still searching)
Condish: Aura Cherry Almond Bark (but always on the look-out)
DT: SMDTM
Styling: LI, curl cream, gel. Insert various products appropriately.
I <3: Coconut & Argan oil, my Denman, a neat side-braid.
"Oh, you were going to straighten it? I just like it curly so much better..."
Hey there! Two questions
1) When you say you use the scrub on your whole head, and then your hair, do you mean you also scrub that on your hair?? Do you find a lot of breakage?? When i tried doing scrubs, I lost TONS OF hair, i think lots of tangles and nasty. What is your technique for scrubbing it in?? Circular motions, or what??

Also< I also have to cover greys, and am curious as if the scrubs pull out color/?

Finally, how often do you do that??
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Shea Moisture, Kinky-Curly and Curls brand all have sulfate free shampoos. Also L'Oreal EverSleek is CG (the Ever "pure" lines are also sulfate free, but they have cones.)

That being said, I have given up on shampoo completely. I always thought my problem before CG was the 'fates, but even CG poos leave my whole head stripped and completely snarled. The most successful clarifying technique so far for me has been a baking soda/brown sugar co-wash, followed by a strong acv rinse. Scrubs the scalp clean, clarifies my ends and my hair is crazy soft and amazingly shiny when I'm done. I'm still trying other cleansing creams, but so far none have beat this combo. HTH

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Originally Posted by curlycandy3

your method sounds crazy but crazy enough to work! I simply don't understand your shampooing lingo can you please explain to me what you mean with all those funny abbreviations? Thank you
As I Am Curl Clarity is a great clarifying shampoo without sulfates

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