Alternatives to Clarifying Shampoos

So, as I've been coming to embrace my new hair type, I've been realizing that it's actually not JUST clarifying shampoos, it's ALL shampoos. I used a low-poo moisturizing shampoo yesterday because I ran out of co-wash and had forgotten to get some.

My curls looked good when wet but as soon as they dried, it was like the moisture was sapped right out of them and they were loose and lank and gross.

I did DC after the shampoo and I did my regular styling with a moisturizing cream gel and oil on the ends and everything. I just really think my hair needs a TON of moisture in the shower and then lighter moisturizing products out of it.

So... alternatives to shampoos for cleansing purposes? I have to cleanse every once in a while but do you all have things you like to use? Clay? ACV rinses? Anything. I'm gonna have to go off shampoo forever!
2C/3A; very, very thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:
Co-Wash: As I Am Cleansing Co-Wash
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Tahitian Masque, Eliah Sahil Conditioner
Leave-In: Coffee Coco Curl Creme
Oil: Jojoba Oil
Stylers: Mop Top Curl Custard, Jane Carter's Incredible Curls, Shea Moisture Curl Custard[/FONT]


"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." -Khalil Gibran
I low-poo once a month, and ACV about once a month. Another alternative is dry shampoo.

However: Honestly, I wouldn't say that your approach has crossed out all shampoos. I don't know what shampoo you used, but a lot of them have very different results. I find for me that low-poos indeed all seem to have similar drying effects (though I'm starting to like Burt's Bees more than KC Come Clean), but SM Moisturising Shampoo, for example, doesn't dry out my hair at all. One shampoo not working means very little in the realm of hair care products.

Also, how long have you been doing this routine? How often do you normally clarify? What does "lanky" mean? I feel like we're missing a lot of information that may be able to let us better help you.
Hair Type: 3c/4a, Med-High Density
CG since '09
I use 2 TBSP edible aloe vera gel, and I add glycerin (optional: science-y hair blog recommends 1 tsp glycerin but I use 1 TBSP of it). I find that glycerin isn't an ins sue when washing it out of my hair. It helps clean my hair and my hair feels moisturized afterwards. I still do need to clarify, but just not every time I wash my hair.

2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, high porosity
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin
Stylers: SS CEJ, gelatin hair gel, SS FHG
Treatments: rosemary and chamomile tea rinse, henna, hydrogen peroxide
IA Girl's PT, SS PT
Homemake hair products.
I do an acv rinse about once a month now. I mix acv with water...half and half and pour it on my hair. I let it sit about half an hour. I watched some of HeyFranHey's videos to see how it's done. I like her videos. She has one on acv clarifying and also shows how to do clay clarifying in the same video.
Started CG July 8, 2008


3

Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: Ion Effective Care Treatment
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
Protein Treatment: Nutress Moisturizing Protein Pack
Deep Condition:Acure Moroccan Argan Conditioner+Sally's GVP Balm
I used a low-poo moisturizing shampoo yesterday because I ran out of co-wash and had forgotten to get some.

My curls looked good when wet but as soon as they dried, it was like the moisture was sapped right out of them and they were loose and lank and gross.

I did DC after the shampoo and I did my regular styling with a moisturizing cream gel and oil on the ends and everything. I just really think my hair needs a TON of moisture in the shower and then lighter moisturizing products out of it.
Originally Posted by russianprncss
Just because you have a mishap with a couple shampoos doesn't mean it is every shampoo out there. What shampoo did you use, specifically? Also what DC? Is it a DC you normally use? What are your dew points like, and do your products contain glycerin? It's getting cold with low dew here and glycerin takes the moisture right out of my hair, leaving it a dry, frizzy, limp mess. Something to consider.
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 use an organic clarifying shampoo normally once a month. When I ran out of co-wash, it was SM's Deep Treat shampoo (the all shea one) and then used the corresponding DT. When I say loose and lank, I mean the curls just didn't hold up very well and my hair ends up feeling dry.

I'm in the PNW, so pretty humid and rainy with temps in the low to mid-50s.
2C/3A; very, very thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:
Co-Wash: As I Am Cleansing Co-Wash
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Tahitian Masque, Eliah Sahil Conditioner
Leave-In: Coffee Coco Curl Creme
Oil: Jojoba Oil
Stylers: Mop Top Curl Custard, Jane Carter's Incredible Curls, Shea Moisture Curl Custard[/FONT]


"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." -Khalil Gibran
Not all shampoos/low poos are created equally! My favorite shampoo is Redken Fresh Curls, which despite being a sulfate shampoo, is more gentle than many low poos I've tried. Yes to Cucumbers is particularly awful for me and completely strips and makes it tangly and dried out.

I've also had good luck with Curl Junkie Daily Fix as a moisturizing, cleansing conditioner. Cowashing was not good for my hair.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I use an organic clarifying shampoo normally once a month. When I ran out of co-wash, it was SM's Deep Treat shampoo (the all shea one) and then used the corresponding DT. When I say loose and lank, I mean the curls just didn't hold up very well and my hair ends up feeling dry.

I'm in the PNW, so pretty humid and rainy with temps in the low to mid-50s.
Originally Posted by russianprncss
If you can figure this one out, be sure to let us know. We've had weather just like that for about a week now (in the 40's, foggy, rainy, windy) and I can attest that those are challenging conditions. I've been wearing my hair up a lot... hah!
Smorgasbord of finer, porous 2a-3a; straight underlayer

collagen
humectants outside of optimal dews, PVP, oils/butters, anything remotely comedogenic

poos: Giovanni TTT, Suave Clarifying
condishes: VO5 VMT, KLS; IonEC
stylers: FSG, 4NSBCC, Volumax, GFPC


Mod CG since 11/2012. My waves occasionally look best when combed out, so you can pry my combs from my cold, dead hands
I use Suave Rosemary Mint conditioner to cowash with and I NEVER have to shampoo unless I've used some product or something that made my hair look yucky. Even then, I can wash twice with the Suave conditioner and still not have to shampoo. I've done that a number of times as well. When I'm using the conditioner, I "scrub" my hair with it then pin it up and finish my shower before I thoroughly rinse it out. Not sure if that makes a difference or not but my hair always looks super clean and shiny.


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.

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