Does this still count as CG? Please help!?
about a month ago i gave up on CG, which i had been doing for like 3 months. it was not doing much for me. so i went back to shampoos which always worked fine for me in my opinion.
but now i got a trim yesterday and my 3a/3b thin-medium thickness hair is now shoulder length.
i have waaay too much natural volume and poof and my curls are not that defined. so i am considering going back to the CG method, especially since my hair needs extra taming since it is so short and big now.
but i have always used garnier fructis leave in conditioning cream, which has amodimethicone in it. idk if this is a bad cone though. also i want to try out chi silk infusion which i know is not CG.
also i wash my hair everyday.
will CG not have any affect on my hair if i stop using shampoo, but use stylers with silicones in them? is there any point in even doing CG if i continue using non CG stylers? even if i shower and cowash everyday?
could i pull this off if i shampood with regular shampoo once a week to clarify?
I consider any cone non-cg. Those that are water soluble and/or can be removed with a combination of surfactants, I would consider mod-cg.
If you are going to use cones I would advise a lowpoo occasionally to remove them to avoid build up. Typically, a cowash will not be strong enough to remove them.
Well, it's not so much that there's no point to CG if you use "non-CG" stylers. It's more that 'cones build up on your hair and need to be removed, and CO-washing doesn't get rid of 'cones. If you're planning on JUST CO-washing, you can see that this wouldn't work out well. ;) So, if you want to go totally CG, you'd need to get another leave in conditioner. Lots of people, including me, like using some of their regular rinse out conditioner as a leave in -- it works just as well. :) If you really want to keep using your Garnier leave in, though, the amodimethicone will need to come out with something stronger than a CO-wash. You could use a sulfate shampoo once a week like you said, and that would work fine! Or, you can dilute the shampoo to make it milder. Or, still yet, you can use a low poo, a very gentle sulfate-free shampoo that will remove 'cones. It should have coco or cocamidopropyl betaine in it, because these surfacents will remove 'cones.
HTH! Good luck with returning to CG. :)
The thing is, strict cg doesn't work for everyone. It can be as bad as loading your hair full of cones if it's not right for you!
Some variation of it may be better. For me, I use a low poo once a week, and use very little cones - all of which are easily removed and/or water soluble. The rest of the time I co-wash. Once in a while I treat it, once in a while I clarify it. I just kind of play my hair by ear, so to speak.
So don't worry as much about all the "rules" of cg. They are guidelines - you have to find what your hair likes best!
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