Need Product/Care Recommendations!

I started the naturally curly method in May. I got a dry curly cut and banned all silicones and sulfates from the bathroom, I think. I have been using GVP Conditioning Balm (Biolage knock off) each morning in the shower and also as my leave in. I then use a a few puddles of Curl Keeper followed by Herbal Essence Set Me Up Mousse and Deva Curl Gel for hold.

About once a month I will use a shampoo bar followed by an ACV treatment. Every time I use a shampoo bar I find that I cannot even get my fingers through my hair as it is so dry and brittle after. The ACV does help restore my hair though. Lately I have noticed my hair feeling unhealthy even with conditioner in it. I have not changed my routine and I cannot pinpoint what this is coming from. Any suggestions or thoughts? Perhaps the products I am using contain ingredients I should avoid? Do any of these products have silicones or sulfates?

My hair is coarse and highly porous. Anyone else out there have similar hair structure? What products do you use?

Is it possible that I need a hair cut and that would restore the health of my hair?


I have tried searching the thousands of threads but I get so overwhelmed so please bear with me if a similar thread has been posted before.

TIA!
Depends on the shampoo bar but everything else you're using is CG. It's possible that your hair doesn't like the something in the conditioner. I've recently found that I can't handle centrimonium chloride - which is in the GVP co balm.

You may need a trim - is it just the ends that are feeling bad? Do you use a conditioner after the shampoo bar/ACV rinse?
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DEL2C would tell you that coarse hair doesn't like the shampoo bars.

I have fine, low porosity hair and am a soapbaraholic. I feel that they are the single most important thing that I've done for my hair. I agree with tinah about the ingredients--I can't use bars (or any product) with castor oil. Makes my hair (that rarely tangles) all dry and tangled. If you are getting dry and brittle from the shampoo bar you're using, you need to stop using that bar! It can't be doing your hair any possible good. It's up to you if you want to try other bars.

I also rotate products. Seldom use any product more then twice a week. You may need to change things up.
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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
Kathy, is the shampoo bar something you use all the time or just one a week? I have fine, porous hair that I have been having issues with recently. Maybe a shampoo bar is something I should look into.
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Kathy - I did pick up the shampoo bars from you so I am not sure what the ingredients are. Can you recommend any other shampoo that does not have the sulfates in it?

Do any of the Herbal Essence Set Me Up products have bad ingredients in them?
Kathy, is the shampoo bar something you use all the time or just one a week? I have fine, porous hair that I have been having issues with recently. Maybe a shampoo bar is something I should look into.
Originally Posted by gekko422
I use the natural soap bars every three days on hair, every day on body.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
Kathy - I did pick up the shampoo bars from you so I am not sure what the ingredients are. Can you recommend any other shampoo that does not have the sulfates in it?

Do any of the Herbal Essence Set Me Up products have bad ingredients in them?
Originally Posted by needtoskivt
Because you referred to a shampoo bar, I didn't think it was from me. Mine are all soap bars--but that's just semantics. Soap bars are usually "super-fatted." I never stocked anything with castor oil, because my hair hates it. What I originally did, after the debacle with the CV bars, is try bars without shea butter, avocado and castor oils. I reintroduced shea butter and avocado oil individually with no issues--figured out that castor oil was the problem. I've subsequently had issues with castor oil in other products.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC

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