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Old 09-02-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
 
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Hi everyone! I've been reading this forum since I went natural a few months ago. I've always had wavy hair since I can remember, but have always tried to get it straight. I even got perms when I was younger - had I known what I had under there, I didn't need a perm! I figured I'd sign up here as I'm trying everything under the sun and can't find my soul mate shampoo and conditioner.

I think I have 3a hair that is very thick and non-porous. It seems I've been trying everything under the sun, and I haven't found my haircare that I can say that I won't ever change. It seems my hair is always frizzy, and my first day hair is always pretty awful and fluffy. I absolutely loved the DevaCare line, but my body was starting to get itchy from the wheat in it (I'm gluten free and figured I'd try it anyway). So now I'm searching again.

I've tried:
Renpure - hated it.
Shea Moisture shampoo for dry and damaged hair - left frizz and poof
DevaCare no poo - the best I've tried but I need something gluten free
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose shampoo - left my hair stringy and dry
I've tried shampoo bars - hard water hates them.
Co washing with suave conditioner - leaves my hair frizzy
DevaCurl One Condition - LOVE!

So yeah... I think I need some help! My hair tends to be dry, but I probably wash it too often. I like my hair to feel clean, and a lot of these products I have tried leave my hair with film. I live near Chicago, so it's hard hard hard water here.

Excited for curly talk!
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:45 AM   #2
 
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Welcome! IIRC one of the Yes To ... products is very similar ingredients wise to Deva One Condition
Yes to Carrots = One Condition??

Various ingredients can build up: most silicones, some polyquats, butters including shea, waxes including cetyl esters. Shampoo bars generally contain alkaline soap, soap damages hair and leaves scum especially in hard water. They are pretty much against the gentle philosophy of Curly Girl
Porosity and Curly Hair

If you have hard water you might do either regular chelating washes (ION swimmers shampoo, Malibu C sachets), or always final rinse in distilled water, or always do a final weak vinegar/ citric acid rinse, or get a shower filter fitted.

Do consider your dew points/ humidity. If you like Deva it may be you do well with glycerin.
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CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
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Experimenting with: going back to basics

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
 
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Thanks for the reply and links! Very good information. We have very high humidity here, which doesn't help most summer days with frizz etc. My hair is terribly dry in the winter. I try to stay away from silicones and have stopped using soap after many failed attempts. I do the apple cider vinegar rinse, but I'd love to find something that I don't have to do that with. Shampoo seems to really hate my hair in terms of moisture. Funny thing is, when there's tons of buildup on my hair it tends to look better.... is there a reason for this? It sure feels icky when it's like that.
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