Shampoo Problems

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Okay, can we talk about shampooing for a second?

Yesterday, I clarified with a shampoo with a few (but not heavy) sulfates because, it's good to clarify every once in a while... I think I do it once a month.

I used a conditioner before and after the shampoo and then put in a leave in and styled with gel. My hair still felt SO stripped yesterday after it dried. It didn't curl as much like it normally does and it just felt so flat and lifeless and I was shedding LIKE CRAZY!

Any tips for allieviating this process? Brands of gentle clarifying shampoos? Co-washes that will do that job? Pre poo? Anything? It goes back to normal once I wash again but kind of frustrating to put up with in the mean time.
2B/C; very, very thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:
Co-Wash: Jane Carter Revitalizing CoWash
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Island Replenishing, Aubrey Organics GPB, KCKT
Leave-In: Alaffia Hair Lotion
Stylers: KCCC, Beautiful Curls Curl Cream, Giovanni Mousse, KCCC Refresher[/FONT]

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." -Khalil Gibran
Pre-pooing could help, but conditioning beforehand might well act similarly. You can also dilute a sulfate shampoo with water to make it more gentle /less drying. Science-y Hair Blog did an article about that here: Science-y Hair Blog: How to Tame a Strong Shampoo

Another thing to try is to cowash as the 2nd step in a shampoo's typical "wash, rinse, and repeat if needed" instructions.That would help replenish lost moisture from the shampoo, then you can proceed with your rinse out conditioner and the rest of your normal routine.

For a more clarifying cowash, Kiss My Face Whenever conditioner has cocamidopropyl betaine in it.

ETA: If I use a hardcore sulfate shampoo to clarify, I tend to stick to a moisturizing conditioner as my rinse out, or I may use a heavier RO conditioner to help restore lost moisture.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed

Last edited by Geek_Chic; 08-30-2014 at 12:23 PM. Reason: added info.
I think it depends on what you're hoping to achieve with your clarifying shampoo. I use CHS Treatment Shampoo as my regular rotation sulfate shampoo. The silk amino acids soften hair. But it has mag sulfate, so I wouldn't recommend it to someone who can't use a lot of mag sulfate. If you can still get your hands on it, Redken Fresh Curls is another gentle option for regular or semi-regular use. I consider these shampoos to be efficient enough to prevent buildup, etc, but neither are technically designed to clarify. They are meant to clean very well, and either usually works for my needs. If I'm looking to seriously clarify/reset my hair, I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo. But it absolutely does strip the hair to some extent. I only need to use about once a year.

Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
I always deep condition after I clarify. I use suave clarifying shampoo. After, I use Eden body works deep great masque. I also deep condition weekly.
I definitely agree with pre pooing and also conditioning (to deep conditioning if necessary) afterwards. The gentlest clarifier I used was borax, 1 tsp dissolved in one cup boiling water (and it's alkaline so need to follow with something acidic if you're not lo po). Surfactants in shampoos always dry my hair out; I haven't used them in over a year, but if I did, it would be to wash out a heavy oiling or henna or something intense. I liked morocco method sea essence shampoo as a (quick) pre poo. Sometimes even post poo depending on what my hair would tolerate. It's more like a conditioner than shampoo in some ways.

Baby fine brown hair
Former lo po/now super high porosity, fried dry hair
Current styling products: FSG, gelatin hair gel, AOSB leave in and curl activator
Sealing: BC curl activating cream for babies, or JC nourish and Shine
Treatments: teas, henna, hydrogen peroxide
Hair loves protein, protein, and for dessert, more protein.
Homemake hair products.
When I shampoo, my second "lather" is with conditioner or a cowash then a deep conditioner. I prepoo too
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