new and confused

Hello everyone,

I have read Curly Girl and have been trying to follow the program for a couple of weeks. I have had stringy days and scalp flakiness. I have tried the lemon rinse and the brown sugar exfoliating, but last night found my scalp flaking big time again. I then realized this morning that I hadn't checked my conditioner for the bad ingredients, I am using the new Sunsilk De-Frizz conditioner, does anyone know anything about it? I have been reading posts for hours and can honestly say that I am sinking deeper into confusion by the minute. Is there a clear list somewhere about what is a silicone? I feel myself teetering on the brink of shampoo. I haven't even been able to decipher a good gel either, some of the products at the drug store don't list the ingredients, what's up with that?
Welcome!
You should be able to find a silicone list at this link
http://www.makeupalley.com/user/notepad/sweetpeacali/
The conditioner you are using is loaded with cones (Cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol), so you'll need to shampoo those out and start over with another kind (sorry!). I have found that drugstore.com lists ingredients, and walgreens.com usually does too, so I check out a lot of products before going to the store. If you want a recommendation for a new condidtioner, most people here like suave naturals, which have no cones. As for gels, you can find a lot of info searching the boards, especially the product review one.

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