12-27-2011, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Welcome! I switched to CG just about two months ago, and it's definitely the best thing I could have done for my hair. Be patient as you and your hair adjust to the change in routine.
You said that you just used conditioner today, but did you do final sulfate wash to remove any lingering silicones in your hair? The shampoo should have sulfates but be free of any cones (ingredients that end in -cone, -cane, or -xane).
There are tons of styling products out there that are CG friendly. I think I'm more of a product junkie now than I ever was before! You want to avoid cones, unless they are water soluble (water soluble cones will have PPG or PEG listed in front). So far I've gotten my best results from LA Looks gels. It takes a lot more time to read the labels, but there's a lot out there that works. Check out the product review threads to get some ideas.
I've read that you might feel a bit greasy for a few weeks (I was using Deva Curl products for almost two years before I made the switch to CG, so I haven't had excess oil issues). If your hair feels super greasy or heavy, it's okay to wash with a sulfate-free shampoo. Some people do not co-wash at all and only low-poo when they wash their hair. You will figure out what works best for you. Another option for removing build-up is with baking soda, followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse (all of the info for this is available in the newbie section). HTH!
3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask