Will sulfate free shampoo still give good results?

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I co wash twice a week now and am thinking about throwing in a sulfate free cleanser for clarifying every once in a while. I was wondering if that will still be CG and keep my curls the same. What do you think? My curls have gotten much curlier and healthier with the CG method so I would love to keep them that way. 😊
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

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Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
Adding a low poo shouldn't harm the progress you've made. In fact, I find its nice to "reset" it occasionally.
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Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Ok thank you 😊 any drugstore and sulfate free ones in mind? The only local stores I have in my city are HEB, Walmart, and dollar stores.
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
I actually started out co-washing only but my hair is very fine and it became ridiculous (was cowashing every two days). I decided to switch to a sulfate free shampoo and after trying a couple landed on Shea Moisture coconut and hibiscus. I really like it and even though the bottles are small it lasts me over a yr (and I use it once a week so if you only used it on occasion it might last you longer). I did notice a difference in my hair but it was a good difference. It was definitely a cleaner (but not squeaky clean) feeling and didn't feel weighed down as it was when I co-washed. I also think its made my hair softer/more moisturized. The big seller for me was my scalp. With cowashing my scalp would feel so heavy and itchy after just one day...now I can go a week or a week and half without any problems. So I think it's helped get build up and stuff off that cowashing just couldn't do.
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Thank you Pufff for the recommendation I just might try it. I do not have fine hair but hopefully it works for my full 3b curls too! Did it change your curl pattern?
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
I co wash twice a week now and am thinking about throwing in a sulfate free cleanser for clarifying every once in a while. I was wondering if that will still be CG and keep my curls the same. What do you think? My curls have gotten much curlier and healthier with the CG method so I would love to keep them that way. ��
Originally Posted by Puertoricangirl
I'm gonna be honest here, I found strict cowashing left my hair limpish, but it was good when I was starting and needed to focus on moisturizing and babying my damaged/dry/dry/dry hair. But I prefer to alternate cleansing conditioners with lowpoos with an occasional clarifying shampoo every few months (like before I get my hair dyed).

You do not have to fear lowpoos that are good quality and non-stripping. (I know there are folks who love Come Clean by Kinky Curly, but I found it made my hair tangly and crazy-squeaky.) So, we're all different, and you should find what your hair likes.

Lots of us started CG and moved on to modifying it to our needs. My fine hair does better with more cleansing at the roots to keep it from flattening out/limping down. But I like to conditioner wash the mid-to-ends to keep them moisturized.

Try lowpooing occasionally, see how it goes. If your hair doesn't like it, you can always stop.

The cleansers I use are the CJ Daily Fix and Gentle Cleanser; the Jessicurl Cleansing Cream (used to use the Gentle Lather, but prefer the CJ); As I AM cowash; Abba PUre Gentle poo--especially if a scalp itchiness/allergy shows up; for stronger cleaning I use two Elucence--the moisturizing shampoo (smells like peaches, peach colored) and the clarifying one (green). I bought my Green bottle (clarifying) in 2010, and it's still more than half-full, cause I don't clarify often. But it's there when I need it.
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It's very beneficial to low poo once in a while, especially if you have hard water. I low poo once a week or so, when my hair gets that too-producty feeling. I use DC low poo, but will be looking for a drugstore after this is gone (which seems is going to last me forever).
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I like Organix products. I think all their shampoos are sulfate free. I currently use the Biotin/Collagen line and I know those are sulfate free. The organix products are the only sulfate free products that won't weigh my hair down or make it feel dirty/built up. However, if you are strictly following the CG method, most Organix products are not CG friendly because they do have cones in them.
2a/2b, Medium Porosity, Medium Density, Lower Back Length, Growing out highlights.
Shampoo: SMMR Conditioner: SMMR or Organix Keratin Oil Leave In: Organix Shea Butter DC: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba oil mixed all together with v05 conditioner.
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I have just started using Giovanni tea tree triple treat and loving it so far.
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2/C -3A I think ???
No clue what type of hair I have. Waiting on hair analysis results.

Low-poo : Giovanni TTTT
Co-wash : Vo5 Herbal Escapes
RO : GVP Conditioning Balm , Vo5 Herbal Escapes
Leave in : Vo5 Herbal Escapes
Styler : SM Curling Gel Souffle, Aquage Defining Gel (not CG)
PT : GVP K-Pak
DT : GVP Conditioning Balm

New to all this, trying to find the best products for me. Soo confusing, soo many products and soo little time
Personally I don't co-wash, because I find the shampoo I use very moisturising (and it has great CG ingredients). It's the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus. My hair always feels so lovely after using it - clean, hydrated and healthy
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I don't co-wash either. I alternate between the SM mentioned here already and the CJ Assurance Gentle Cleansing shampoo.
Boticellibrit does it have sulfate or silicone?
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
Boticellibrit does it have sulfate or silicone?
Originally Posted by Puertoricangirl
Not that poster, but no, it doesn't. Here are the ingredients:

Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil , Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Coconut Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B‐5), Rosemary Extract, Silk Protein, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient.
Ok thank you 😊
3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
KC Come Clean is a harsh shampoo. In use it for clarifying build up. For low poos I like Yes to Cucumbers Color Protection. (the one in the smaller bottle with the sloped lid. The other is harsher)
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

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Thank you Pufff for the recommendation I just might try it. I do not have fine hair but hopefully it works for my full 3b curls too! Did it change your curl pattern?
Originally Posted by Puertoricangirl
Just saw this.
Not that I noticed but honestly I hadn't really thought about it. My hair always felt 'heavier' when I co-washed. One thing I did notice since switching to a low-poo is that my curls are perkier after I wash. But that might also be because I put product in my hair everyday (rarely do I get 2nd day hair) so of course I'm going to notice when all that buildup of product is gone. It might be different for you since your curls aren't fine, but I also think co-washing contributed to my hair gradually becoming over-conditioned too. Simply cause I did it so much.
Boticellibrit does it have sulfate or silicone?
Originally Posted by Puertoricangirl
Not that poster, but no, it doesn't. Here are the ingredients:

Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil , Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Coconut Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B‐5), Rosemary Extract, Silk Protein, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient.
Originally Posted by SuzyQ3
As SuzyQ said - no silicones or sulfates
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)

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