Shampoo causing buildup :-/

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In the beginning my hair really liked the Taliah Waajid herbal hair wash but now I'm finding that my hair is getting weighed down and feels...well, dirty. I use a sulfate shampoo once a week but it doesn't seem to be working. Any suggestions? Idk why all of a sudden my hair is rejecting it. I also use the Taliah Waajid curl sealer, and I wash every day.
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Are you sure it is the shampoo causing the build up, have you double and triple checked all the ingredients in your other products? Saying even your sulphate shampoo is not getting you clean is a red flag to me. Are you literally using nothing but a wash and a styler, no conditioner?
Your curl sealer contains several polyquats, some from this family can build up, you might research which. Also glycerin can be sticky if overused.
"soft water, glycerine, polyquaternium 10 and peg 14, polyquaternium 37, dmdm hydantoin, yarrow extract, jua extract, lemon extract, wild mint extract, soap bark extract, polysorbate 20, frgrance"

Have you done a chelating wash lately, especially if you have hard water or go swimming?
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Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
It has polyquat 7. Causes me build up type issues.

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Are you sure it is the shampoo causing the build up, have you double and triple checked all the ingredients in your other products? Saying even your sulphate shampoo is not getting you clean is a red flag to me. Are you literally using nothing but a wash and a styler, no conditioner?
Your curl sealer contains several polyquats, some from this family can build up, you might research which. Also glycerin can be sticky if overused.
"soft water, glycerine, polyquaternium 10 and peg 14, polyquaternium 37, dmdm hydantoin, yarrow extract, jua extract, lemon extract, wild mint extract, soap bark extract, polysorbate 20, frgrance"

Have you done a chelating wash lately, especially if you have hard water or go swimming?
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Yes just the wash and styler. I did a sulfate wash yesterday with no DC after and my hair seems better today. I think its the herbal wash because I vaguely remember getting buildup last year when I first used it. I'm thinking about trying the imitation wen hair wash from sally's. Would anyone recommend the regular one or the one for curly hair? My hair is weighed down easily so im scared curly products r heavy on moisture so im leaning towards regular

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Yes just the wash and styler. I did a sulfate wash yesterday with no DC after and my hair seems better today. I think its the herbal wash because I vaguely remember getting buildup last year when I first used it. I'm thinking about trying the imitation wen hair wash from sally's. Would anyone recommend the regular one or the one for curly hair? My hair is weighed down easily so im scared curly products r heavy on moisture so im leaning towards regular

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Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
There are plenty of lighterweight curly hair products even from ranges marketed at 'afro' type hair, you might do best starting to read ingredients lists and understand what family each does. Your current routine contains few to no ingredients that condition hair - emollients - basically reduce friction, patch damage, help the cuticle lay flat. It may be the lack of conditioning agents in your routine is allowing the polyquats to bind to any damaged areas.

Not sure what you mean by 'moisture', are you confusing this with conditioning/ emollients? Glycerin is a powerful humectant, it is very moisturising in that it attracts water and it is the second ingredient in your styler. I would actually say of the ingredients most likely to build up or weigh hair down many are water resistant or anti-humectants such as butters, certain oils, silicones, also some of the polyquats and fatty alcohols. 'Lighter' ingredients include cationic surfactants, some of the humectants (honey can boost curls for some), ceramides, panthenol.

Also consider balancing moisture out with hydrolysed protein; you might try a product containing magnesium sulphate (epsom salts) to boost curl without weight.
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CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 06-10-2013 at 10:00 AM.
It might work differently for you, Skorpio, but for me Wen weighs down my curl pattern. Just a note of warning. But that's probably silicone buildup. I think if you still clarified with a sulfate shampoo often enough that might not happen to you so I'd go ahead and give it a try anyways. It's a quality product and easy to detangle with. I remember the first time I used it was like a revelation. I could actually run a comb through my hair without bringing tears to my eyes.
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My money is on the polyquat.
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Not sure about this anymore, but didn't some/most of the Taliah Waajid products contain beeswax?

Beeswax causes even worse build-up issues than silicones. And even sodium laureth sulfate has trouble washing it out.
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Not sure about this anymore, but didn't some/most of the Taliah Waajid products contain beeswax?

Beeswax causes even worse build-up issues than silicones. And even sodium laureth sulfate has trouble washing it out.
Originally Posted by Aqua_Lily
Neither of the products she uses contain beeswax. But that curl sealer is a polyquat bomb.

soft water, glycerine, polyquaternuim 10 and peg 14, polyquaternium 37, dmdm hydantoin, yarrow extract, jua extract, lemon extract, wild mint extract, soap bark extract, polysorbate 20, frgrance
What I noticed today was that my hair had a lot of what my friend dubbed as "good frizz." Basically that I got a lot of good volume and had some frizz but it made my hair look good instead of looking like a poofball. I used the same herbal wash and curl sealer, however I clarified yesterday and today was 87% humidity. Apparently humid days make for great hair days for me? Or maybe that and the combo of having clarified yesterday? Any products out there that are humid rainy days in a bottle? :P

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Last edited by sKorpio1190; 06-10-2013 at 08:42 PM.
Don't draw any conclusions or purchase any products based on a single day.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Beeswax is the absolute worst for me. One of the Deva products has it and I had to scrub like mad with a sulfate shampoo to get it out.
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Originally Posted by Firefox7275

I always like my hair on humid days..


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