I clarified and the buildup is still there?

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A few weeks ago, I had a lot of buildup in my hair. I used Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo (silicone free) and the buildup went away. Then I went back to my normal shampoo. Now I'm noticing it again, my scalp is very flat. I used the same shampoo again and my scalp is still flat. It's like it didn't get rid of the buildup this time. What's the problem?
It seems like maybe your products might have an ingredient in them that is building up repeatedly in your hair? What products are you using? If they have ingredients ending in -cone, -conal, or -xane, then some mild shampoos might not be getting them out. Mineral Oil and Bees Wax can also build up. You'll want to clarify again if this is the problem. Coco betaine is a shampoo ingredient that is less harsh than sulfates but able to remove silicones and other problem ingredients. If you want to keep using these products that build up for whatever reason, you might want to wash your hair with a shampoo with coco betaine in it. Post your products and we can help you troubleshoot which one is giving you trouble.

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Lowpoo:
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Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse

Last edited by rainboe; 07-23-2013 at 02:31 AM.
A few weeks ago, I had a lot of buildup in my hair. I used Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo (silicone free) and the buildup went away. Then I went back to my normal shampoo. Now I'm noticing it again, my scalp is very flat. I used the same shampoo again and my scalp is still flat. It's like it didn't get rid of the buildup this time. What's the problem?
Originally Posted by BlondeBeauty
Sounds like whatever you are using that is building up is highly substantive and resistant to clarifying, or that is not a particularly good clarifying shampoo or both. Silicones are not the only ingredients that can build up, some polyquats can, waxes including cetyl esters, butters like shea, petrolatum, mineral oil. If you are getting build up at the roots that might be sebum, you might also review your washing technique and amount of massage that you do whilst rinsing as well as washing. Is your scalp 'squeaky' clean when you are done?
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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
Here are all the products I have used since I clarified when it worked and got rid of everything. I don't use these products consistently, these are just everything I have used since clarifying. The only products I use consistently (every 3 days when I wash my hair) are shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and curl defining cream.

-Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
-Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
-L'oreal Kids Tangle Tamer for Wet and Dry Hair
-I tried out this shampoo one day. I can't remember if it was before or after I clarified so I'll put it: L'oreal Kids Strawberry Smoothie Shampoo
-Morrocan Oil Treatment
-Morrocan Oil Curl Defining Cream
-I used AG Beach Bomb one day to try it out
-Morrocan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream
-L'oreal Liss Ardent Thermal Reconstructing Creme

I used the last two when I straighten just until I can find a better heat protectant. I have tried using coco betaine. It was in a sulfate-free shampoo that I used to use and it would never get rid of buildup. That shampoo only seemed to cause it. Maybe it was just the shampoo in general. My hair does seem a little better after clarifying yesterday but I just know it still has buildup. It still is very flat at the scalp area.

Last edited by BlondeBeauty; 07-23-2013 at 10:50 AM.
I massage the shampoo a little but I don't massage it too much, just cause I freak out about the ingredients going into my body. So you could be right and it could be sebum. I don't think it is squeaky clean when I finish.
Okay it's really bothering me now...I need advice I washed again with my regular shampoo (Hello Hydration), used the Curl Defining Cream, let it dry. Then I put heat protectant in it and straightened it. I can't get the point across to my mom that it's buildup. She sees a difference when I show her pictures but she won't believe that buildup is the cause. She attributes it to my hair now being longer so it doesn't have as much volume, the fact that I stopped getting it cut into layers, the fact that it looks thinner when straight, etc. She even said it's cause I'm losing hair (my hair has been really tangly and a lot is coming out in the comb, it takes about 30 mins to comb it all out) Here's a before/after pic from one time I had buildup. Before and after I clarified. She saw such a difference but she attributed it to the Curl Defining Cream and thought that fixed it.

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She won't buy me a clarifying shampoo saying I have never in my life had to use a clarifying shampoo. So I'm forced to try to use the Herbal Essences Smooth Collection silicone free and it didn't work last time. Do I need to really massage it in and scrub harder?

Here's how it looked just a few months ago (December) when it was straight.
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Here's yesterday after I straightened it. This is not really the color of my hair. Everything looks off in this room for whatever reason. The walls aren't even that color.
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I went to sleep, woke up, and today my hair looks like this. I sleep on a satin pillowcase.
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I'm really at a loss!! It looks so thin and gross! Please help
Here's the shampoo I have tried to use to clarify. It seems to contain ingredients that would for sure get the buildup out. It worked well once before but when I used it again, it didn't work. Maybe I didn't scrub very well?

Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo | drugstore.com
That should get the stuff out. If your mom won't get you a clarifying shampoo, the you can try mixing baking soda in your shampoo. It's really drying to my hair, but might help with build up. Afterward do a vinegar rinse, because baking soda is really basic.For your tangles, I've had a lot of success with using a spray bottle of conditioner and water on the tangle and letting it sit a little. It helps get through the tangles. You might have to restraighten after that.

Maybe you should stop using the curling creme and any other unnessessary hair products. You could also try to find products that don't build up as badly.

Also, getting rid of layers and growing hair long will pull out a lot of volume. Does your hair feel like there's build up?
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse

Last edited by rainboe; 07-28-2013 at 10:20 PM.
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Here are all the products I have used since I clarified when it worked and got rid of everything. I don't use these products consistently, these are just everything I have used since clarifying. The only products I use consistently (every 3 days when I wash my hair) are shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and curl defining cream.

-Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
-Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
-L'oreal Kids Tangle Tamer for Wet and Dry Hair
-I tried out this shampoo one day. I can't remember if it was before or after I clarified so I'll put it: L'oreal Kids Strawberry Smoothie Shampoo
-Morrocan Oil Treatment
-Morrocan Oil Curl Defining Cream
-I used AG Beach Bomb one day to try it out
-Morrocan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream
-L'oreal Liss Ardent Thermal Reconstructing Creme

I used the last two when I straighten just until I can find a better heat protectant. I have tried using coco betaine. It was in a sulfate-free shampoo that I used to use and it would never get rid of buildup. That shampoo only seemed to cause it. Maybe it was just the shampoo in general. My hair does seem a little better after clarifying yesterday but I just know it still has buildup. It still is very flat at the scalp area.
Originally Posted by BlondeBeauty
I've barely tapped the list and I've found -cones, polyquats,waxes, and heavy oils.
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HE HH has a cone but the HE Smooth should work as a clarifier.... you're saying you washed with this and it didn't work?

I honestly don't see that much of a difference in your before and after pictures, but I believe you if you say your hair feels like it has buildup in it.

^Jessiebanana pointed out that a lot of your products have ingredients that buildup.

Try clarifying again with the HE Smooth (or heck, some diluted dishsoap if you need it), and then add a simple conditioner and a product with all water-soluble ingredients that won't build up.... see if that helps.

Otherwise do you have hard water? You may need a chelating poo.
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RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
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guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
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Have you considered going CG? If you really want to go with your waves and get full potential of your waves, I'd suggest ditching all products with -cone, -conol, -xane in it. Like most wavies you could use a clarifying poo (the HE you used will do) every other week or so.

When the roots feel flat after clarifying it might not be build-up but just the absence of sebum and moisture that makes your hair flat. I always get this after using a SLES poo (once every two weeks or so).

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I don't really see a difference either. But sometimes we can see what others can't.

Anyway, if she won't buy it, why not just buy it yourself? Suave sells one that is about $1.. It's awesome your mom is into gentler shampoos and what not, but moms are also stubborn and always "know what's best." even if they really don't. LoL!!

If nothing else works, just buy a harsh shampoo and scrub all that build up out. If that doesn't work, then it's probably not build up. But you have to try first. Start eliminating products that you think may be causing this build up if it does work.

You'll get it..
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Thanks everyone

Iíll try the Smooth Collection when I shampoo again and Iíll scrub harder this time, like they do at the hair salon. Maybe the last time I didnít scrub hard enough and thatís why I didnít get it out. I forgot to mention this and I donít know if this is causing a problem or not but since I do use sulfate shampoos and they are so drying, I only shampoo my scalp and I let it run down my hair. I just started this recently. For clarifying, should I shampoo all my hair? Does clarifying get rid of buildup from polyquats as well as cones? I have hard water but buy salt to soften it. If it is buildup, does it always come out of the hair?

The curling cream is a necessity at the moment because without it, my hair looksÖwell scary. And very dry and frizzy and horrible. You wouldnít want to see a picture of that, trust me.

I have an appointment made for a cut. I plan on asking his opinion on what types of layers would look best on me and work best (since I straighten) but it will probably be long layers and I really want side swept bangs. So after he cuts it, there should be a lot more volume. I honestly donít know if it feels like thereís build up because I donít remember how it felt the last time there was build up. My scalp is just very flat and like thereís not a lot of hair there. And my scalp hasnít had any damage done to it: no color, no heat. I think itís definitely a possibility. All the tangles and the hair coming out in the comb are coming from the bottom of my hair which was bleached 2 years ago and has almost grown out, but none from the scalp.

I donít think going CG is an option for me. I canít cowash since I straighten my hair and have to use products and heat protectant which means build up. I have tried sulfate free shampoos and havenít had any luck. They weigh my hair down, change my hair color, and some even smell really strong. I donít plan on wearing my curls anytime soon so I think it might be best not to try that method. I might be wrong though. I just thought if you go CG you canít use cones cause then you have to clarify with a sulfate shampoo.

Oh and today my hair had more volume and I didnít do anything to it lol my hair is crazy!
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Thanks everyone

Iíll try the Smooth Collection when I shampoo again and Iíll scrub harder this time, like they do at the hair salon. Maybe the last time I didnít scrub hard enough and thatís why I didnít get it out. I forgot to mention this and I donít know if this is causing a problem or not but since I do use sulfate shampoos and they are so drying, I only shampoo my scalp and I let it run down my hair. I just started this recently. For clarifying, should I shampoo all my hair? Does clarifying get rid of buildup from polyquats as well as cones? I have hard water but buy salt to soften it. If it is buildup, does it always come out of the hair?

The curling cream is a necessity at the moment because without it, my hair looksÖwell scary. And very dry and frizzy and horrible. You wouldnít want to see a picture of that, trust me.

I have an appointment made for a cut. I plan on asking his opinion on what types of layers would look best on me and work best (since I straighten) but it will probably be long layers and I really want side swept bangs. So after he cuts it, there should be a lot more volume. I honestly donít know if it feels like thereís build up because I donít remember how it felt the last time there was build up. My scalp is just very flat and like thereís not a lot of hair there. And my scalp hasnít had any damage done to it: no color, no heat. I think itís definitely a possibility. All the tangles and the hair coming out in the comb are coming from the bottom of my hair which was bleached 2 years ago and has almost grown out, but none from the scalp.

I donít think going CG is an option for me. I canít cowash since I straighten my hair and have to use products and heat protectant which means build up. I have tried sulfate free shampoos and havenít had any luck. They weigh my hair down, change my hair color, and some even smell really strong. I donít plan on wearing my curls anytime soon so I think it might be best not to try that method. I might be wrong though. I just thought if you go CG you canít use cones cause then you have to clarify with a sulfate shampoo.

Oh and today my hair had more volume and I didnít do anything to it lol my hair is crazy!
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Originally Posted by BlondeBeauty
You either need to use fewer products/ ingredients that build up or shampoo more effectively, it's your choice which. Yes sulphates are drying but TBH flat ironing is way more damaging. Have you considered wet wrapping for heat free straightening? It's possible your hair is "dry, frizzy, horrible ... tangly" partly because it's damaged from all the flat ironing. Are you at least using a low setting on your iron?

You can still use heat protection without piling silicone on top of silicone, you should only need one product that contains it. Silicones are not the only ingredient that can act as a heat protectant, other ingredients can including hydrolysed protein, propylene glycol, some polyquats and glycerin. There are also other ingredients that can provide 'slip' whilst penetrating and patch repairing damage from either heat or bleach, including hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. You might try getting a better balance in your routine.

You do not need to conditioner only wash to be Curly Girl, the book permits shampooing with sulphate free shampoos and I *think* the latest edition permits the sort of silicone that does not build up. Cocoamidopropyl betaine can handle silicones providing you use some massage. At least pick up a few more of the techniques like finger detangling in the shower only whilst slathered in conditioner, combing contributes to mid shaft splits.
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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
A few weeks ago, I had a lot of buildup in my hair. I used Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo (silicone free) and the buildup went away. Then I went back to my normal shampoo. Now I'm noticing it again, my scalp is very flat. I used the same shampoo again and my scalp is still flat. It's like it didn't get rid of the buildup this time. What's the problem?
Originally Posted by BlondeBeauty
Maybe you apply to much product to your hair. This happened to me and once I started using less of the product my build up became less. You may want to do a ACV wash so it can loosen any build that's in your hair.

I advise you the smell isn't pleasant, but it gets the job done and if you wash it out with a little bit of shampoo or conditioner than the smell will be gone.
Success…the buildup is finally gone!! I didn’t think I would ever get rid of it! I used the same shampoo and scrubbed harder and used it all over. It’s more dry now since I did use the shampoo all over my hair and not just my scalp, but at least the buildup is gone. One thing I notice immediately after clarifying is that my hair feels so light and looks so voluminous, I love it! How often should I clarify in the future?

I have never heard of wet wrapping. What is that and how does it work? I know that’s not the problem because I just started flat ironing a couple weeks ago. Prior to that, I hadn’t flat ironed since December and it has been dry prior to flat ironing it again. It’s mainly the bleached part that hasn’t grown all the way out yet. When my hair stylist cuts it at my appointment coming up, that should get rid of a lot of that blonde still left. I can’t adjust the heat setting, my GHD only comes with one heat setting. And I believe it is around 350ish. Anything lower won’t get my hair straight, I’ve tried it with other flat irons in the past. I haven’t had any luck in finding one good heat protectant. All I want is one that works well and protects my hair but is fragrance free or a light smell. All of them seem to smell strong or terrible. I’ve heard about Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray. Do you know how good this one is and how it smells? Or do you know of one you would recommend?

How would you recommend a better balance in my routine? When I look at people’s hair routine at the bottom, they have a lot of things listed. I’ve always thought having naturally curly hair requires a lot of products. All I’m using right now is: shampoo, conditioner, detangler, curl defining cream, heat protectant (trying to find a better one). And I don’t use a whole lot of the curl defining cream. I use enough but I don’t overuse it.

I could try a few CG techniques. I don’t like sulphate free shampoos. Maybe it’s just the ones I have tried but I have had horrible luck with them. One of them lightened my hair (I’m trying to keep it brown) and others smelled really bad. Plus the majority of them aren’t over the counter shampoos (I think tresemme makes some, not positive though) and are highly concentrated, which my hair doesn’t like and doesn’t react well too. That’s why instead, I still use sulphate shampoos but only shampoo the top. But if you have one you would recommend that doesn’t smell bad (preferably an over the counter if possible), I would certainly try it! I could try finger detangling in the shower with conditioner. So should I never comb or brush my hair? When I straighten my hair, I leave it like that for a few days and it gets tangly so I have to brush it a little.

Btw thanks for the help Firefox and Beauty!!
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Okay...Update. I got my hair cut. He trimmed it and cut it into long layers. The layers are very subtle which I like (unlike the obvious ones my previous hair stylist did) and it frames my face. He still kept the length I wanted and I love it! It still has a little frizz and damage but what a difference!!

So I want to get some new products. I told him how I was using Morrocan Oil products and noticed my hair is lightening (products my previous hair stylist gave me, on purpose I believe to keep me coming back to get it dyed) and he said it can do that especially if you go out in the sun after. I like the brown that is growing at the roots, I don't want blonde or blonde highlights. I want to steer clear of oils since they lighten hair but at the same time, I want it to be healthy (especially since I'm flat ironing). I prefer over the counter products, not high end quality. I'm on a budget. I thought about getting Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray as a heat protectant (assuming the smell isn't bad). Here's the ingredients for that. Tell me what you think. I want to make sure nothing will lighten my hair.

Water (Aqua, Eau), Amodimethicone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Pvp, Polysorbate 20, Cetylphridinium Chloride, Dmdm Hydantoin, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzophenone-4, Triethanolamine, Disodium Edta, Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Biotin, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexylcinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaoldehyde, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

I don't want to use the curl defining cream anymore but it makes it so healthy and the frizz is uncontrollable and awful without it. Is there something else I can use to control frizz? Do I even need to use a curl product since I'm wearing it straight? I was thinking about a Dove serum or mousse maybe? This would be right after I detangle before I straighten to control frizz and then I would use the heat protectant.

Also, I need a product to use after straightening to put the moisture back in. Any suggestions? Thanks everyone!
So pleased you love your new cut!

I never heard of natural oils lightening hair so I can't tell you how to avoid it. Sunlight absolutely can lighten hair and is very damaging, and some ingredients can accelerate that process but it's the UV doing the lightening and the damage. Are you reading the ingredients? There is very little natural oil in Moroccanoil products anyway, they contain all sorts of lab made chemicals.

Flat ironing has to be done on bone dry hair or you risk 'bubble hair', I would be wary of a heat protectant that has water as the first ingredient unless you intend to wait a good while after application for complete drying. The alternative is an alcohol based spray which can be drying, or a cream/ serum protectant - I can't recommend one, flat ironing kills my hair.

Hair then has to stay bone dry or the hair will revert (wave/ curl will come back) so you cannot moisturise - add or increase water of - newly flat ironed hair. Products that are used afterwards are generally silicone rich serums that give faux shine and slip and act as anti humectants, that is they keep water (moisture) out.

Sorry I'd love to tell you what products will give you healthy hydrated heat styled hair but AFAIK that doesn't exist. Ingredients that protect in a limited way include hydrolysed protein, certain polyquats as well as the silicones. Check out YouTube for wet wrapping tutorials.
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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
I need a clarifying shampoo because I have product buildup, and I don't like that.
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I havenít been exposing my hair to the sun recently though, and it still seems to happen. The only time it gets exposed is very short periods like walking in and out of the grocery store or stuff like that. It happened with Morrocan Oil Treatment and Healthy Sexy Hair It seems to be happening with the Curl Defining Cream too. All of these contain Argan Oil. Are you sure they contain very little oil? Iíve read that real Argan Oil is expensive and the products I use are around $40. Thatís expensive IMO.
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Iíve read that natural oils strip hair dye so I assume since they strip color, they can strip natural color too but maybe Iím wrong. If itís not the oil, itís something in these products that is doing it. Iím sure of it.

Iím glad you noticed that, I did not even think about that. Youíre absolutely right! Thatís the only heat protection Iíve found that has had decent reviews so I think Iíll put it in and then wait like 2 hours and then flat iron. Would it still be effective? I definitely donít want to use an alcohol-based protectant, my hair is so dry already.

Iím not actually looking for moisture like water, I just mean something to make it look healthy after I straighten it. Afterwards, it seems like it is so dry and horrible looking. Do you have a silicone serum you would recommend? I looked up some Dove silicone serums but it seems they have all been discontinued

I guess I just donít get how other girls who have naturally curly hair can achieve perfectly straight healthy hair. I know they are using a lot of products but obviously not too many or else their hair would be weighed down. I just donít understand. Like the girl on the left in the picture below. Her hair is naturally curly and looks so healthy and she flat irons all the time. The only thing I can think of is because my hair has endured so much color damage. It has been bleached and gone through demi-permanent dye about 4-5 times. I will definitely look up wet wrapping tutorials.
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I may have potentially found a sulfate free shampoo that will work for me. Itís called LíOreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo. I havenít used it yet. My mom saw it in the store and bought it for me. The texture is thick and creamy and it smells AMAZING! Which says a lot cause Iím sensitive to smells. Hereís the ingredients. Let me know what you think please. It seems like a really good product. The only thing Iím worried about is of course any hair lightening and also I seem to be sensitive to natural ingredients. I have used AG and Aveda in the past which contain a lot of natural ingredients and my scalp itched like crazy. It was horrible. The Aveda was the worse, I never used it again. The AG I kept using and just sucked it up. But I mean the Healthy Sexy Hair contained a lot of natural ingredients and I didnít react to that so maybe Iíll be fine. I mean, the worst is an itchy scalp and then I just wash it out. Will this shampoo get out product buildup? I see Coco Betaine on the list but that was in the Healthy Sexy and it never got rid of buildup, only caused it. But then again, I used a very very tiny amount. I assume Líoreal brand isnít concentrated and I can use a regular amount of shampoo with no problem?
Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Glycereth-26, Decyl Glycoside, Amodimethicone, Parfum/Fragrance, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Ciliate, Propylene Glycol Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Isethionate, Carbomer, Benzoic Acid, Trideceth-6, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Cetrimonium Chloride, Camelina Sativa Oil/Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil/Grape Seed Oil, Coumarin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

And lastly (Iím going to start a thread about this too) but I just want to mention this. I donít really care for my hair color with all the lightening and I donít want to dye it because of the dangerous chemical PPD as well as the damage. So there is this Aveda Conditioner called Black Malva which deposits color, enriching brown and black hair and eliminates red hues. Since my hair is light brown, Iím thinking it will make it a darker brown so I will be happy with it. My only concern of course is if I will react to the ingredients. Iíve reacted to Aveda before but it was a different product, BeCurly Shampoo which the ingredients for that are:

Aqueous (water/aqua/eau) Extract/Extrait Aqueux, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Sodium Coco/Babassu Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Babassuamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Galactoarabinan, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Palmamidopropyl Trimonium Methosulfate, Guar Hydroxpropyltrimonium Chloride, Dehydroxamthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid

Just realized the 4th ingredient is the 4th ingredient in the new shampoo Iím going to try, hope that isnít what I reacted to :/ Anyway, hereís the Black Malva ingredients:

Aqueous (Water, Purified) Extracts: Black Malva Extract, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Sweet Almond Extract, Wild Cherry Bark Extract, Organically Grown Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Glycerin, Behenamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Disteryldimonium Chloride, Babassu (Orbignya Oleifera) Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryzanol, Stearyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolzed Wheat Protein, Glyceryl Stearate Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Annatto (Colorant), Caramel (Colorant), Basic Brown 17 (Colorant), Basic Yellow 57 (Colorant), Basic Blue 99 (Colorant), Basic Red 76 (Colorant)

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