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Old 07-17-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
 
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Question Low Poo, What are Some Good Shampoos/Conditioners?

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I've decided to quit CG. My hair is thin, so now it's looking less full and seems more frizzy. I also don't like the product I'm using for hold. I tried giving up Save Coconut and just using L'Oreal, but my hair is still terrible. My mother agrees 100%. So, I've decided to try low poo instead of no poo.

Therefore, I was wondering, what are some sulfate/cone-free shampoos (I especially need shampoos, since right now I just have conditioners) and conditioners? Preferably drug-store/affordable.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
 
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I see you've only been CG for a few weeks - while I definitely support doing what you feel is right for your hair, be aware that's there's an adjustment period that can last several weeks or months before your hair gets used to CG. My hair was greasy, frizzy, and gross for the first 6 weeks or so I was on CG, then improved dramatically!

But there are a lot of people who do modified CG with low poo (including myself). I use Avalon Organics' shampoos - I really like the Lemon Clarifying one. I use it once a week followed by Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment. You can find AO's shampoos at Whole Foods and health food stores.

For drugstore, you may be protein sensitive. Suave Coconut and LVPNG both have a lot of protein, and if you're hair is thick and coarse, protein will make it frizzy and dry. Giovanni makes a few no-cone conditioners (and sulfate-free shampoos) that you can get at many drugstores and Target.
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I've been using the Samy Pure shampoo. You can get it at walgreens. so far it's the nicest one I've used. The giovanni 50:50 dried me out and the everpure was very drying. I've heard the Naked Naturals Shea and Advocado is very nice and it can be bought at Walgreens and CVS.
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I've decided to quit CG. My hair is thin, so now it's looking less full and seems more frizzy. I also don't like the product I'm using for hold. I tried giving up Save Coconut and just using L'Oreal, but my hair is still terrible. My mother agrees 100%. So, I've decided to try low poo instead of no poo.

Therefore, I was wondering, what are some sulfate/cone-free shampoos (I especially need shampoos, since right now I just have conditioners) and conditioners? Preferably drug-store/affordable.
We started CG at about the same time and I'm just starting to see some slight results so hang in there and keep experimenting. I have fine hair too and mousse seems to work much better for me than gel. I find that I need to use a leave-in conditioner and a curl cream while my hair is soaking wet. I can't put my mousse in soaking wet hair (or before I plop) because it ruins any volume my limp hair might have. Maybe you should convert to a mousse (I use Pantene Pro-V Curls) or try some different techniques (a protein treatment, an AVC rinse, a DT). Good luck and keep us posted.

By the way, I occasionally use Nature's Gate Lemongrass and Sage Shampoo for Thin Hair
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I am currently using Giovanni Smooth As Silk shampoo (no sulfates). I just went to reorder from vitacost.com and checked out the ingredients (since some brands seem to change ingredients quite often) and sure enough Dimethocone is in it (and not Peg either). So, I ordered Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose shampoo (no sulfates or cones). I'll post my review once I use it.
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Naked Naturals Smoothing- CVS, Rite Aid. L'anza Healing Moisture (?) is supposed to be good too (Trade Secrect).

I find every low-sulfate poo I've tried (except Jessicurl Gentle Lather) either dries out my hair or builds up yucky goo on my scalp. I can use -laureth sulfates with no problems. Nexxus Therappe (Walmart) is one I like.
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I see you've only been CG for a few weeks - while I definitely support doing what you feel is right for your hair, be aware that's there's an adjustment period that can last several weeks or months before your hair gets used to CG. My hair was greasy, frizzy, and gross for the first 6 weeks or so I was on CG, then improved dramatically!

But there are a lot of people who do modified CG with low poo (including myself). I use Avalon Organics' shampoos - I really like the Lemon Clarifying one. I use it once a week followed by Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment. You can find AO's shampoos at Whole Foods and health food stores.

For drugstore, you may be protein sensitive. Suave Coconut and LVPNG both have a lot of protein, and if you're hair is thick and coarse, protein will make it frizzy and dry. Giovanni makes a few no-cone conditioners (and sulfate-free shampoos) that you can get at many drugstores and Target.
I second the avalon organics except I use the Ylang Ylang Glistening shampoo. They have new one out called Olive and grapeseed which I want to try. I've also had my eye on their moisturizing mango shampoo.
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Have you thought of natural soap bars? I cowashed for six months, only poo if an ingredient drives my hair wild. The bars are very gentle, much gentler then lowpoo. They really tightened my curl and gave me volume. There are pictures in my fotki that show the difference.

My hair is fine and there isn't a lot of it.
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We started CG at about the same time and I'm just starting to see some slight results so hang in there and keep experimenting. I have fine hair too and mousse seems to work much better for me than gel. I find that I need to use a leave-in conditioner and a curl cream while my hair is soaking wet. I can't put my mousse in soaking wet hair (or before I plop) because it ruins any volume my limp hair might have. Maybe you should convert to a mousse (I use Pantene Pro-V Curls) or try some different techniques (a protein treatment, an AVC rinse, a DT). Good luck and keep us posted.

By the way, I occasionally use Nature's Gate Lemongrass and Sage Shampoo for Thin Hair
Oh, I totally agree with you on the mousse thing. I was using Tressemme before I went CG and it made me hair great. I'll definitely get some Pantene Pro V.
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Have you thought of natural soap bars? I cowashed for six months, only poo if an ingredient drives my hair wild. The bars are very gentle, much gentler then lowpoo. They really tightened my curl and gave me volume. There are pictures in my fotki that show the difference.

My hair is fine and there isn't a lot of it.
Hmm, I've never tried that. Can you get them at average stores like Walmart?
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Thank all of you for your advice so far!
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I see you've only been CG for a few weeks - while I definitely support doing what you feel is right for your hair, be aware that's there's an adjustment period that can last several weeks or months before your hair gets used to CG. My hair was greasy, frizzy, and gross for the first 6 weeks or so I was on CG, then improved dramatically!

But there are a lot of people who do modified CG with low poo (including myself). I use Avalon Organics' shampoos - I really like the Lemon Clarifying one. I use it once a week followed by Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment. You can find AO's shampoos at Whole Foods and health food stores.

For drugstore, you may be protein sensitive. Suave Coconut and LVPNG both have a lot of protein, and if you're hair is thick and coarse, protein will make it frizzy and dry. Giovanni makes a few no-cone conditioners (and sulfate-free shampoos) that you can get at many drugstores and Target.
Thank you, I'll keep going for a while and hope for some improvements! If not, I'll try to get a low-poo and wash my hair maybe once a month.

That's very strange, because my hair is actually really thin. But it made my hair feel really dry.
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Have you thought of natural soap bars? I cowashed for six months, only poo if an ingredient drives my hair wild. The bars are very gentle, much gentler then lowpoo. They really tightened my curl and gave me volume. There are pictures in my fotki that show the difference.

My hair is fine and there isn't a lot of it.
Hmm, I've never tried that. Can you get them at average stores like Walmart?
No, I'll pm you.
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Another vote for Naked Naturals Smoothing. This is my favorite low-poo. Kind of pricy for drugstore maybe, I think I paid $8-9? However, it is really rich and a tiny bit goes a long way. I think I bought this in Feb., and I still have tons left.
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