It makes my hair way too soft and overconditioned. I actually do a lo-poo most days and a co-wash only about once a week. I cleanse daily. My hair is very thick but fine and it will get weighed down very easily and look like crap if I don't.
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For me, my scalp never felt clean. My hair always felt stringy by the end of the day. I do much better shampooing every other day with elucence, and conditioning the heck out of it with Jessicurl Too Shea.
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- The initial part of finding the right products. But once you do, it's fabulous.
- The strain of accepting that you may need to modify it to your own hair's needs. At first it may feel like you're breaking *the* rules but you have to realize that it's all about what your hair needs, not what anyone else thinks it should.
- Explaining it to other people. People are bound to ask what you're doing differently to make your hair so lovely. You end up coming up with an explaination that doesn't start with "well, I don't shampoo" because that freaks most people out. Finding the right way to explain it takes some time.
- Once again, finding the right products/routine.
- Eventually, overconditioning. Realizing that your hair may not need that much moisture anymore. Then finding the right products again. :P
- Controlling your inner product junkie once you do find the right products!!
- Finding the right clarifier without resorting to sulfates. (Go ACV and sulfate free 'poo (etc) before you go back to sulfates!!!! Learn to "wash" just your scalp. There's a definite learning curve there but you'll get it eventually. It's a miracle once you do. That one thing can make or break it.)
Well, CG makes my hair more curly, which is not always what I am looking for. But the two main negatives for me are (1) I no longer have any fun in the beauty aisles, because 99.9% of the products are off limits; and (2) without sulfates and silicones, whatever is in the water seems to have much more impact on how my hair looks.
Good Question! People should be aware of te downsides along with the positives.
As others have said, it does take the fun out of browsing the hair care aisle at most stores. So many things become off limits. But, as better silicones are developed, I think that fewer people need to go totally cone free than, say, twenty years ago. Some can handle the water soluble cones, or cones that come out with a CO wash or a Low-Poo type of cleanser.
I never noticed a protein sensitivity until after I had been cg for a little while. It got worse as I went on. I have wondered that if I went back to some sort of mild sulfate, could I handle more protein and have fewer limits on what kind of conditioners I can use.
The militancy of some cg-ers. Just because it works for some doesn't mean that everyone has to follow it the same way that a lecturing militant wants you to follow it. Everyone has to find out what works best for her.
With my hair texture, I've not had to worry about the overconditioning thing that others wrote, but it does seem to be a fairly common side effect.