Want to try the CG method but worried about grease

Hi everyone, over the last few weeks I've been lurking on this board and I've really gone from refusing to quit my current sulfate daily shampoo to being nearly sold on the CG method. But I'm really worried about feeling greasy and scrubby every day without shampoo. Any advice or tips (or reassurance) from CG veterans?

My hair is 2C Latin brown hair (as shown at left)... I have no idea about its porosity... in terms of moisture level it's probably normal to dry. Product recommendations would be amazing

Sorry if this has been posted ten billion times - I tried doing a search but couldn't find the right keywords to find the answer I was looking for.
Well, I guess don't knock it until you try it!

I myself could not go full CG. Instead, I use a low poo. This is just a shampoo without sulfates. It is a good alternative to shampoo because you still get to use surfactants.

Another option is Daily Fix from Curl Junkie.
http://www.curljunkie.com/Daily-Fix-...r-p/dfcc12.htm
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Shampoo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni 50:50

Conditioners - CJ Strengthening, CJ Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil, CJ Smoothing, CJ Rehab, CJ Curl Fix

Leave-in: CJ Beauticurls Leave-in

Deep Conditioner: CJ Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix

Stylers -CJ Curl Queen, CJ CCCC Lite, CJ CIAB, CJ Pattern Pusha, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam, Mop-C Curl Defining Cream, BRHG, KCCC
If you haven't read it already, there's a CG thread on the Newbie board. Laura Lee also has an excellent post on her blog about going CG - http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/ I've never had an oily or greasy hair problem but I know a lot of curlies have posted here about their hair getting less oily and their greasiness problem being completely eliminated after giving up shampoo.
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Relatively few people actually have greasy scalps to the point where they cannot deal without regular harsh cleansing. Most people think they do however because using the harsh detergents is actually CAUSING the grease they see. Your scalp has glands called sebaceous glands that have the job of keeping your scalp and hair moisturized. They do this with sebum and oil. Stripping that oil away with detergents causes an overreaction from the glands. The glands get signals that the oil has been stripped, and they overproduce oil to compensate. Little do the poor glands realize that all that extra work they are doing is for naught, because the oil they've made will just get stripped again with the next shampoo.

Cowashing works really well for many. I think everyone should try it for a good 6 weeks. If they decide at the end of those six weeks that they need a better cleanser, then the world of low poos is open to them. But, there are also intermediates between cowashing and low pooing, like Daily Fix, or Deva's No Poo. So there are lots of options. I'd say give cowashing a try, see what happens, give it some time to adjust, and then evaluate later if you need more cleansing
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I had oil problems before CG, and now? Nada. I occasionally low-poo (sulfate-free shampoo), but have found that the further I get into CG, the less I need it. For instance, I haven't used a lowpoo in over a week, and I'm not greasy at all.

I've found the best way to avoid the greasy/oily look is to use a thinner condish without oils as a cowash (I use Suave Naturals), and make sure that you're really massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers. I also don't cowash every day, but have a at least one "water wash" day in between cowashes.

If your hair is normal to dry, you'll probably need a good moisturizing rinse-out. I like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, and some also really like Sally's Beauty Supply's GVP Conditioning Balm.
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Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
I used to have a greasy, yucky stuff on my scalp all the time. No matter what shampoo (with sulfates) I tried, the result was the same: straw-like hair and greasy scalp.

Going CG worked miracle for both my scalp and my hair. I co-wash every 3-4 days; and cannot remember the last time I use low-poo. No greasy issues at all.
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I now know my texture/porosity!! (TY, Tiffany!) Medium texture; ends on a porous side; new growth - normal porosity.

Wash: Suave; EO Sweet Orange shampoo

Conditioner: GVP Balm, Mango Lustrasilk

Styling: KCCC, BRHG and LA Looks

Want to try: CJ
I read the Curly Girl book a couple years ago, but was afraid to try it. I finally decided late last year to start moving towards natural hair (ie, not blowing or flat ironing). I came here to get tips. I have spent HUNDREDS in the last 2.5 months trying stuff, learning, trying. The first month was really frustrating, and I was doing low-poos, not no-poo.

I have only been able to no-poo wth CJ Daily Fix. I do have clarifying shampoos (Elucence, Jane Carter) for when I feel I need an extra bit of cleaning. But I have a very dry scalp and can go ages without washing, unless I exercise a lot and get sweaty. If I do not excercise--like when I'm sick, I can go a week or more and my hair doesn't look oily. But that's me and my porous, dry hair. I'm Latina, too, btw.

I tend to wash every third day since going more Curly Girl (rather than every five or seven days when I blew dry), cause I hate when I get the frizzy messed up curls that I definitely do by fourth day, and usually by third day. I don't like to wash too often, cause my hair is dry.

I think that going Low-Poo is your best first option, to get you used to less suds action. Then move into No-Poo, and I recommend Daily Fix or Suave Naturals. The first is not cheap, but it's great. The second is cheap and works well for all but the oiliest of oilies, I think.
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I agree - don't knock it until you've tried it.

When my stylist first mentioned it to me, I thought it was disgusting. The hair industry has us so programmed to think that no shampoo = nonhygenic. But it's SO not the case. I've been CG for 3 years now - and not greasy AT ALL. Interestingly - I usually don't wash my hair at all on weekends. Pre-CG, my hair WOULD be greasy by Monday. But since I've gone CG, it's not greasy at all! So give it a try, you may find that your hair does fantastic!

Stacy
3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture

My current HGs:
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
Conditioner: Darcy Botanicals pumpkin, LVPNG, Deva OneC
Leave-in: KCKT, Deva B'Leave In
Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots, Komaza coconut, FSG, CJ CCCC
Gels: BRHG, AO B5, LALSG
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All everyone has said is great!

I thought I had oily hair and skin before CG. Turned out my hair was absolutely run of the mill normal..it was only "oily" because I used sulfates that made my scalp go into overdrive with oil production. I had a couple of days where my scalp didn't know what to do but it evened out in a week.

Some wavies need to low poo. I do a mix--use the Curl Junkie Daily Fix cleansing conditioner, various low poo's or no poo's and sometimes a soap bar or just water wash. Depends on how my hair feels.

In the beginning I used the Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat to co-wash or the Trader Joe Tea Tree and that helped alot.

The further I've gone (7 months or so now) I don't need it anymore.

In all but a few cases worry about oily/greasy hair turns out to be a false alarm once you get past the transition period of a couple days to a week or more. My personal opinion is to start with low poo's and then if you want to only co-wash switch to that. I think it's sort of like the patch for me when I quit smoking..cold turkey didn't work but gradually tapering off with the patch did

Good Luck!
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Alex, agreed about lowpoo'ing during the transition. I know some wavies just jump right in, but I'm glad that I worked lowpoo in. It may have made my transition longer, but it definitely made me saner.

I'm trying to cut down my use to once a week/once every two weeks, because I feel like it's really dried me out this winter, no matter what lowpoo I use. Maybe in the summer when I'm sweatier I'll want more.
Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
Hi everyone, thank you for your incredibly helpful comments. I'm very grateful that everyone here is so helpful and supportive of newbies. What a great forum

Started no-poo today!
Hi everyone, thank you for your incredibly helpful comments. I'm very grateful that everyone here is so helpful and supportive of newbies. What a great forum

Started no-poo today!
Originally Posted by Aayla Secura
So let us know how it goes..if you need support just give a shout!
FIA 2c/3aFi

Done experimenting! Loving Spiral Solutions products!

Blog: http://thewavytales.blogspot.com/
Hi everyone, thank you for your incredibly helpful comments. I'm very grateful that everyone here is so helpful and supportive of newbies. What a great forum

Started no-poo today!
Originally Posted by Aayla Secura
Yay! Keep us posted
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