What happened?

For the past week or so, I've been having some great hair days until recently. I've noticed that my waves are separating into skinnier clumps than before, and it is annoying. I suspect it's my Mane 'n Tail conditioner. Here are the ingredients.

Water; Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Lactate; Distearyldimonium Chloride; Stearyl Alcohol; Emulsifying Wax NF; Cetyl Alcohol; Coconut Oil; Glycerine; Vegetable Oil; Fragrance; Phenoxyethanol; Methylparaben; Sodium Chloride; Hydrolyzed Protein; Propylparaben; Lanolin; FD&C Yellow #5

I have been using Suave Naturals or Burt's Bees Shampoo to cleanse the scalp, Alberto VO5 Moisture Milks Co. to protect the ends and condition the scalp, and Mane 'n Tail Co. to condition the length. Also, my hair seemed a little nicer when I lemon-aid rinsed about every other day, but I haven't had time for it lately.

My routine only includes the above products (leaving in some Mane 'n Tail) and usually got2b Spiked Up gel to style. I thought the gel was to blame for the skinnier waves at first because some people say they get that with hard-hold gels. I tried just using Set it Free after the next wash, but it still didn't look good and needed to be combed dry to re-clump (good hair that day, but I was able to get good hair with that routine without combing before).

I think my hair may only be able to tolerate a certain amount of protein if that makes sense, so I bought Aussie Moist Co. (never tried it, but will soon) and VO5 Vanilla Mint Co. to switch it up.

Any thoughts? Sorry for the super-long post!
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I suspect the Mane 'n Tail too. You might try skipping the VO5 and washing the whole length (gently) with the Burt's Bees (a little diluted) and see if that helps. Then use the Vanilla Mint instead of the Moisture Milks for a while. Moisture Milks make my hair crappy. I can use 'em as a COwash alternated with other stuff (I just like variety in my smells and I'm trying to use the stuff up ) but if I use them on the length I get bleh hair.

I find that if I'm careful about my scalp washing, I really don't need to protect the length with conditioner when I wash. Especially if you only wask once a week or every other week or something.

You might wanna lay off the Mane 'n Tail for a while and see how that goes. Or maybe you could alternate it with something else so it won't build up as fast then wash the length with the non-sulfate 'poo every couple of weeks to remove build-up without drying you out like a sulfate would.

I'm not sure I'd do lemon-aid more than once a week but if your hair likes it then that's cool. I don't think you'll need it as often with different conditioners though.
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Thanks for the tips!

I agree that something in the Mane 'n Tail (I suspect the protein more than the lanolin, but I could be wrong) was probably building up, and the lemon-aid rinses (even with the protein-containing VO5 Moisture Milks) helped clear it before it was noticeable. Mane 'n Tail seemed like a great condish because it was thick and seemed to give a nice softness and shine (the lemon-aid could have helped with that too, hmm...), but now I know I still have an an option if I'm willing to clarify a lot.

Omg, that happens to me too! I tried using just the VO5 strawberries and cream on my hair and it seemed way frizzier! It's weird, but I think the company can get away with this because the condish smells so good. Well, I'm excited to try the new Aussie Moist and I have a tiny bit of Too Shea! left, so we'll see how that goes!
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I didnt care for the aussie moist cond - my hair felt dry and underconditioned - it was the one product I actually threw away. I hope you have better luck with it.
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I didnt care for the aussie moist cond - my hair felt dry and underconditioned - it was the one product I actually threw away. I hope you have better luck with it.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Thanks for the heads up! The ingredients looked okay to me, especially with the jojoba oil, and at least it has no proteins. Hopefully it'll be decent.
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Yeah, those d@mn Mouisture Milks! They smell sooooooooo good and make my hair soooooooo bad. :P It's like hair junk food or something. LOL

I hope you like the Aussie Moist. It's definitely my favorite DS conditioner.

Oh and if you decide you need another washing co, I can't recommend VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze highly enough. It almost makes me want to forgive them for tempting me with Blueberries & Cream.
2/f/i, waist length w/ long layers

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Yeah, those d@mn Mouisture Milks! They smell sooooooooo good and make my hair soooooooo bad. :P It's like hair junk food or something. LOL

I hope you like the Aussie Moist. It's definitely my favorite DS conditioner.

Oh and if you decide you need another washing co, I can't recommend VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze highly enough. It almost makes me want to forgive them for tempting me with Blueberries & Cream.
Originally Posted by meriellyn
LOL! I agree! I think I just bought some hair junk food because I got a "family size" bottle of Suave Toasted Vanilla and Sugar conditioner for $1.49 . It has silk powder so I don't know if my hair will like it or not, but it smelled too good to pass up!

Thanks! I used Aussie Moist today and I think it's good so far. My hair seems a little clumpier and needs to recover from the Suave 'poo I used to try to eliminate the buildup, so I hope good results will come after a few more uses.

Co-washing doesn't work for me, but I will definitely try the Kiwi Lime Squeeze when I want another VO5 co. As I recall, I liked the smell of it.
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