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Old 08-24-2009, 01:16 PM   #1
 
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Default If you HAD to use sulfates...

I've been modified-CG for a couple months and it's been great....but, I finally saw a dermatologist for problems I've been having (which predates CG by many months, so it wasn't that!), and part of the treatment is to try using a prescription shampoo 2-3 times a week. Problem is - there are sulfates in it. But I have to use it, at least for a while.

So my question is, if you *had* to use sulfates, how would you minimize damage otherwise? A deep conditioner? switch to a more moisturizing conditioner? ....???

Right now my product routine is:
about 2x a week, I shampoo with a low-poo (Giovanni TTTT), then use a conditioner (right now I switch between Giovanni 50:50, Samy Essencia white lotus and nettle, and Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine). Out of the shower, I use HETT gel or mousse.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:53 PM   #2
 
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I'd try the condition/then wash/then condition regime.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
 
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the shampoo is basically for a condition on your scalp right? I'd coat the ends of my hair in conditioner - use the shampoo only on my scalp and then rinse every thing off.
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
 
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the shampoo is basically for a condition on your scalp right? I'd coat the ends of my hair in conditioner - use the shampoo only on my scalp and then rinse every thing off.
Tinah's is the best solution. I have scalp issues and have had to resort to this in the past. Knock on wood I have not had any issues in several months. Makes me wonder if my water softener has helped
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Up the moisture everywhere else. Rinse out, DTs, leave-ins, pre-poos.
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the shampoo is basically for a condition on your scalp right? I'd coat the ends of my hair in conditioner - use the shampoo only on my scalp and then rinse every thing off.
Tinah's is the best solution. I have scalp issues and have had to resort to this in the past. Knock on wood I have not had any issues in several months. Makes me wonder if my water softener has helped
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:02 PM   #7
 
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the shampoo is basically for a condition on your scalp right? I'd coat the ends of my hair in conditioner - use the shampoo only on my scalp and then rinse every thing off.
Right, on my scalp. It's not dandruff but I've been having some hair loss, tender skin, etc. and I'm using a prescription dandruff shampoo for a while to see if maybe there's a hidden skin condition that's causing this. I never thought of coating the rest of my hair in conditioner before putting the shampoo in - thanks!!!
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:12 PM   #8
 
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Also, since you have to use a sulfate prescription product, try to stick to using it 2Xweek. The other days you wash, do a co-wash instead of low-poo like you normally do. I would co-wash at least 2X week. Even though low-poos are milder, going strickly no-poo on the other days may also help your hair and scalp to preserve some moisture.

Good luck!
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