Anyone have a drugstore CG routine I can use?

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  • 1 Post By kimmidawn

So, my hair is extremely prone to breakage. I dye it blonde, and I think that (combined with my coarse texture) is why. I'm getting married next June so I'd REALLY like for it to be long by then. Right now, if I stretch it, it is to the middle of my back. Otherwise, it basically looks a little longer than shoulder length.

So I'm going to try CG in hopes of helping the breakage problem. Anyone use products ("co wash"?) from Target? Walmart? Something that I can try to copy?
My favorite co-washes are clarifying conditioners. Anything heavier leaves my scalp feeling gunky. Suave has a daily clarifying conditioner and VO5 has 2 different ones- Kiwi Lime and Vanilla Mint Tea.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Most of the suave naturals are good co-washers. There's only a couple that have protein, most of them don't (if your protein sensitive). I don't really use vo5. I think I do have the kiwi clarifying one and I like it.
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
I don't strictly co-wash, but for CG-friendly conditioners I love Tresemme Naturals moisturizing conditioner. Or, if you need heavier moisture, Biolage conditioning balm. I have been liking the L'Oreal Evercreme sulfate-free cleansing conditioner for washing my hair.
If you have coarse hair, you probably will want to avoid products containing protein. Try some butters (i.e. shea butter) and oils (i.e. coconut oil, olive oil) - just experiment to see what your hair likes!
I use the CG method, and cowash with suave naturals. I also use that for a leave in, since it's not too heavy on my 3a hair. I also use AG recoil, which isn't drugstore. I don't get near enough hold from that, so I use herbal essences totally twisted gel, which works ok, but my hair doesn't like it all that much. It gives me frizz, but it's not that bad if I scrunch with a cotton tshirt, diffuse a bit, then air dry. Im Trying to find a better substitute for the TT gel... HTH!
I second the clarifying CG friendly conditioners, VO5 has 2 I believe. The Suave ones tend to make me itch. I'm more partial to Giovanni TTTT conditioner.

As I Am coconut cowash is pretty good too (and the cheaper one of that brand) but I have to mix it with something. Quite a few people here seem to like Cure Care as a cowash, I didn't but I do like it mixed with the AIA cowash. You can get both of those at Sally's
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
As some others have already mentioned, V05 Kiwi Lime conditioner is a great CO wash. It's frequently on sale for $.79 a bottle - a steal.
For rinse out conditioners, I like GVP (Generic Value Products) Conditioning Balm from Sally's. I think they have it on sale this month (2 for $11). Another rinse out I'm loving (although it does have 'cones in it) is the Organix Coconut Milk conditioner. LOVE the scent and it leave my hair soft and shiny. (I occasionally use the matching shampoo to clarify, once every 2 weeks or so.)

Good drugstore stylers are LA Looks Sport Gel and L'oreal Out of Bed texturizer.

I'm sure you'll continue to get product recommendations & suggestions ~ everyone here is very helpful.
Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus (2 - 3 times/week)
Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; Yes to Blueberries; GVP Conditioning Balm;
Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
Fave Styling Products: KCKT; Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.
As some others have already mentioned, V05 Kiwi Lime conditioner is a great CO wash. It's frequently on sale for $.79 a bottle - a steal.
For rinse out conditioners, I like GVP (Generic Value Products) Conditioning Balm from Sally's. I think they have it on sale this month (2 for $11). Another rinse out I'm loving (although it does have 'cones in it) is the Organix Coconut Milk conditioner. LOVE the scent and it leave my hair soft and shiny. (I occasionally use the matching shampoo to clarify, once every 2 weeks or so.)

Good drugstore stylers are LA Looks Sport Gel and L'oreal Out of Bed texturizer.

I'm sure you'll continue to get product recommendations & suggestions ~ everyone here is very helpful.
Originally Posted by Pheebie

Isn't LOOB discontinued? I've kept my eyes open for it and I have not seen it anywhere. :/
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
As some others have already mentioned, V05 Kiwi Lime conditioner is a great CO wash. It's frequently on sale for $.79 a bottle - a steal.
For rinse out conditioners, I like GVP (Generic Value Products) Conditioning Balm from Sally's. I think they have it on sale this month (2 for $11). Another rinse out I'm loving (although it does have 'cones in it) is the Organix Coconut Milk conditioner. LOVE the scent and it leave my hair soft and shiny. (I occasionally use the matching shampoo to clarify, once every 2 weeks or so.)

Good drugstore stylers are LA Looks Sport Gel and L'oreal Out of Bed texturizer.

I'm sure you'll continue to get product recommendations & suggestions ~ everyone here is very helpful.
Originally Posted by Pheebie

Isn't LOOB discontinued? I've kept my eyes open for it and I have not seen it anywhere. :/
Originally Posted by beeduh
I've recently seen it in Walmart and CVS (I think - or it was a different drugstore, but I definitely saw it in Walmart).
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2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
My routine is fully drugstore! I think all my products are in my sig... Feel free to pm me if you have questions!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Isn't LOOB discontinued? I've kept my eyes open for it and I have not seen it anywhere. :/
Originally Posted by beeduh

No but when I got it on sale last year I ended up with 3 tubs with different labels. All the same ingredients but the labels were all different. It was like they couldn't make up their minds on it.
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
Isn't LOOB discontinued? I've kept my eyes open for it and I have not seen it anywhere. :/
Originally Posted by beeduh

No but when I got it on sale last year I ended up with 3 tubs with different labels. All the same ingredients but the labels were all different. It was like they couldn't make up their minds on it.
Originally Posted by missbanjo
What other labels is it under?
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
They were all similar, as in black background and same words but kind of different. I have a picture I'd uploaded, lemme see if it's still in attachments.

Yup.
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
Lol, I didn't give all my drugstore products, just cowashes.

Other summer stuff:
Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo
Yes To Carrots Conditioner
SheaM Curl & Style Hair Milk (leave-in)
L'Oreal Out of Bed
AG Re:Coil (that's beauty store huh?)
Biosilk Rock hard gelee
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
Shea Moisture Line at walgreens, vO5 clarifying conditioners, Tresemme naturals conditioners, oraganix argan oil shampoo, LA looks sport gel, aussie instant freeze gel....

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


So, for co wash I just "pretend" its shampoo and scrub with it? And then treat the rinse out as normal condish? Also, does anyone use coconut oil or castor oil? If so, how do you use it?
So, for co wash I just "pretend" its shampoo and scrub with it? And then treat the rinse out as normal condish? Also, does anyone use coconut oil or castor oil? If so, how do you use it?
So, for co wash I just "pretend" its shampoo and scrub with it? And then treat the rinse out as normal condish? Also, does anyone use coconut oil or castor oil? If so, how do you use it?
Originally Posted by Kate29083
Yes, yes and yes
I've used coconut oil for SOTC, mixed in DTs with a condish and honey, as a pre-poo treatment (apply to dry hair so that the low-poo doesn't strip the hair), a skin moisturizer.... it's very versatile.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
I second the yes on the conditioners. Also, like others have said if you think you need a leave-in just start with what you already have in small amounts. I usually use a half dime to a dime size depending on what my hair wants that day.

I use coconut oil added in things like SaraNoH said and as a pre-poo. I'll wet my hair and put the EVCO in the night before I do a clarify poo.
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
I just started going natural and I don't know how to start a CG routine or even what I need to have. My hair (I think) is low porosity or normal (It feels like the oil sits on my hair but not fully absorbed. I have 4a/4b hair, and I was transitioning so I haven't cut off all of my relaxed ends (most of them broke off because I had knots when I took my braids out and I cut them off). I know nothing about any products or what there purpose is or why I should use them. I know I need a hair cut but any tips, ideas, or recommendations you can give to me to figure out what routine I need...because I don't have one!

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