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Old 11-03-2013, 11:34 AM   #1
 
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Default The science of product rotation. Why do you rotate products?

I have noticed a lot of people on here have "bundles" or different groups of products they use on different days. This made me think of back in my non cg days where I would switch up what I was using because after a while I felt my hair just got used to it. I don't know if it was just in my head or what.

Now to the folks that do this. Can you share your bundles etc. Lol? Also why do you do this in particular?

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Old 11-03-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
 
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This is a good question. If I might add another part to it, if anyone has a scientific explanation for product rotation I'd love to hear it. I've always been curious.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
 
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@SereneCurls of course that would be even better! It is quite interesting.

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Old 11-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
 
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What I do is consider the dew point and weather forecasts, and evaluate the condition of my hair, keeping in mind how long ago it was that I washed it. I don't seem to have problems with minor buildup with products I use, which I suspect may contribute to perceptions that hair needs product rotation to prevent habituation to favourite products. I often use the same products, but just change up the ratios; and when I make changes it's usually just because I'm feeling a little bored, or want to see what something else will do for me (then I wonder why I did that again).
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:00 PM   #5
 
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There's no science for me- I rotate products because I like to!
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
 
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No science for me either, it's pure economics as far as I'm concerned. My hair does it's best with Beauticurls li and CIAB but this is expensive for me to get shipped here, so on days when it doesn't matter so much what my hair's doing I use (atm) KCKT (can get cheap shipping from iherb) and an Aussie product by Nak, called Options. As far as shampoo, conditioner and mousse go, I just use whatever, usually have a couple of choices but no rhyme or reason as to what I use on any given day.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:56 PM   #7
 
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That's funny.... I used to rotate products in my non-CG days too, because I felt my hair was too used to it or something. I also wondered why people do rotations, aside from changes of summer to winter or vice versa. I'd be ecstatic to use one product long enough anymore to feel the need for a rotation.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:37 AM   #8
 
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Here's a similar thread from a month ago. Does hair satiate on products??
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #9
 
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My hair does kind of get "bored" with products. like if I have been doing a certain routine for too long my hair would be like "Nope" and I would have to switch it up. I find this to happen more with RO conditioners and cowashes than stuff I leave in. I think its because I am willing to/need to rotate my LI/stylers more than the stuff I rinse out.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:53 PM   #10
 
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I suppose it could be compared to food. If we eat the same thing everyday, our bodies will lack in something. Maybe it's just as simple as that?
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I don't really rotate what I use to wash my hair so much as I choose it based on a number of factors, mostly how long it's been since I last washed my hair and how dirty I perceive it to be, and how moist or dry my hair seems to be. If my hair isn't particularly dirty, I co-wash. If my hair seems unusually dirty, I'll use a low-poo. If my hair seems dirtier than usual, but on the dry side, I'll use cleansing conditioner. Almost all of the time, VO5 Kiwi-Lime Squeeze Conditioner does a really great job of cleaning my hair without drying it out; and it's cheap and easy to find.

For styling, I almost always use the same products, I just vary the ratios, depending on the dew point and the weather forecast. When I travel, I simplify my routine so that I don't have to deal with awkward containers or too many of them for the baggie I pack them in.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #12
 
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Wow this is interesting! And thanks for the link to the old thread.@CathyMack I should have searched harder. I am broke to. . I'll have to rotate if I look into more boutique/ expensive products I here a little goes a long way though.

I like to rotate products too! Its cause I enjoy doing so not really a need. I also remember what my hair looks like with certain combinations (ex:today is a shea moisture day etc.)

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@Morgan_Adock I think your answers make a lot of sense and I should incorporate it into mine. I look like a hoarder lol. The weird part is im normally pretty organized!

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Whoops @Morgan_Adcock

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I had to pick up a gel because my hair seems to not take mouse in the winter. I need a better hold or else its very dry and frizzy with the cold wind. so im using gel for the winter instead of mouse.
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I had to pick up a gel because my hair seems to not take mouse in the winter. I need a better hold or else its very dry and frizzy with the cold wind. so im using gel for the winter instead of mouse.
I think I'm starting to see this...I actually think I need more protein and more hold in encourage my curls in cold weather, rather that more moisture and using mousse. My hair just gets more limp and less curly as the day goes on, very annoying! I hadn't thought of switching to a gel but I think I may do this now you have mentioned it
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I'm looking fkr a humectant free gel. I like kccc but it takes days to dry! And the stuff that does is glycerin laden.

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I'm looking fkr a humectant free gel. I like kccc but it takes days to dry! And the stuff that does is glycerin laden.

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CJ Pattern Pusha and I think KNOTTY BOY Lock Steady Tightening Gel.
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Okay will look into those! And @CathyMack in terms of poo bars I have hard water so you think I could fet away with it? Also how do you get all the products in your signature? Do you buy them all in one place or what? Thanks!

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Okay will look into those! And @CathyMack in terms of poo bars I have hard water so you think I could fet away with it? Also how do you get all the products in your signature? Do you buy them all in one place or what? Thanks!

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When I set up my espresso machine, my water measured a 3 of 4 on the test strip. It's hard, but it's not HARD (like well water)--doesn't require a water softener. I don't have a problem with the bars, if your water is HARD, soap bars may not be for you (unless you have a water softener.) I have HARD water at my vacation home, use a water softener and we don't have problems with soap scum, etc.

Except for the products I make (FSG and okra gel), I buy products online.
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