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Old 06-23-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
 
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So I want to go completely CG, and currently I'm using the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner. After reading the ingredients last night, I realized it has silicones in it (which is really disappointing because I liked it a lot when I co-washed). So what products would you recommend for going CG that aren't crazy expensive, but still get the job done. My hair is 3b, and it's course/dry. So any products that will give me a lot of moisture would be nice!
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
 
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Choose your products and ingredients based on your hair properties (porosity?) and your dew points/ humidity. It's worth running an advanced search, this question comes up several times a week.

Some of the Hello Hydration conditioners are Curly Girl, not sure if they are silicone free or only contain water soluble ones. The cheapest co-wash products are probably Suave Naturals, V05 and Tresemme Naturals. For gels many girls rate Ecostyler or LA Looks Sport. Waterlily716 on YouTube has curls in the 3s, she often covers CG friendly drugstore products.

Assuming you are not in a very dry climate, you will get moisture from a combination of humectants (eg. aloe vera, glycerin, honey), emollients (cationic surfactants and fatty alcohols) with a sealant ingredient (natural oils, consider coconut if you are porous). Body Shop Rainforest moisture fits in well with this, you can also get the CURLS line at Target and Walmart now.

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
 
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The tresseme naturals conditioner is really nice and CG, I have been using it as my co wash/detangler for a while. No issues. If you need something heavier for a RO try GVP conditioning balm from Sally's or if you need protein try Ion effective care treatment, also from Sally's. if you are willing to spend a little more the Shea Mousture products are really nice but I think they all have protein. I don't use them because I would go through one of the bottled of conditioner in a few washes. I have armpit length super dense 3a hair. I do like their shampoo tho since I don't use much and only every few weeks.
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2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
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Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:47 AM   #4
 
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For gel try the herbal essences set me up. I am liking that one as a hard hold.
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Co Wash: As I am
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