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Digby 09-13-2013 05:38 PM

Moisturizing shampoo for fine hair
Any suggestions? Hopefully something inexpensive. Thanks!

Firefox7275 09-13-2013 07:51 PM

Shampoo doesn't moisturise (add or increase water) it cleanses, and most products damage the hair even if only in a minor way. It's your conditioners that should be moisturising if your hair needs more water - with CG you would be using three (rinse out, leave in, deep). If you ask one product to do two jobs you often end up with a product that does not perform well at either task.

If you want the gentlest possible cleansing go for conditioner-only washing or a shampoo at pH 4.5 to 5.5 AND based on a glucoside or betaine surfactant.

etos 09-14-2013 09:30 AM

the most centle 'shampoo' I know is Curl Junkie Daily Fix. But that is actually more a 'washing conditioner' (but it has some very light sulfates in it).

Best option is to co-wash your hair with a silicone free conditioner. You can find more about a shampoo-free method (also known as Curly Girl method or CG method) on this website.

Aisha89 09-14-2013 09:40 AM

I have found co-washing doesn't work for me. I really like Elucence Moisture Benefits shampoo - it's $6 at Curlmart for 10 oz, and right now they have 15% off plus free shipping, so it's not going to break the bank to try it out :)

Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo - CurlMart

Morgan_Adcock 09-15-2013 12:46 AM

Just curious in what way co-washing didn't work for you. You have every right to wash your hair however you feel works best for you, but wondered.

Aisha89 09-15-2013 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock (Post 2208946)
Just curious in what way co-washing didn't work for you. You have every right to wash your hair however you feel works best for you, but wondered.

Straight co-washing on a regular basis doesn't work for me - I don't feel that it cleans my scalp that well and the roots/top of my head tends to get lank and feel greasy. I occasionally will co-wash or just condition, but I have better luck with cleansing conditioners or designated co-wash products (like Curl Junkie Daily Fix or Eden Bodyworks co-wash, though the As I Am didn't work for me) than using regular conditioner.

And oddly, I find that using conditioner (like a Suave or a V05) leaves my hair more tangled and messed up than using a shampoo - perhaps it's cause co-washing requires more manipulation for me?

So all in all, co-washing on a regular basis is a no-go for me but occasionally I work it into my routine alternating with low-poos (and even the occasional clarifying sulfate poo, *gasp*) :)

Digby 09-16-2013 03:35 PM

Thanks for the tip on Elucence Moisture Benefits shampoo. It looks like it has parabens in it, so I don't want to use it. Otherwise, it's a great deal!

Morgan_Adcock 09-16-2013 05:12 PM

Interesting. I find my hair tangles less, which I think is because I don't rub the length of my hair in the process of co-washing, as opposed to traditional shampooing, at least the way I was taught to do that. I did have problems with greasy roots at first, but was able to get past that alternating low-pooing with co-washing, and with brown sugar scrubs. Of course, I do understand that YMMV.

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