Non-CG relapse

So I went no poo, no cones etc for about a month and my hair was okay. I got tired of the frizz and went back to my old mousse which has propane and a bunch of other ingredients that make me cringe even though it's effective. Well I washed using a clarifying shampoo to rinse the junk out and then used my as I am coconut co wash and my hair felt gross. I know I can't go back to my old ways because I love how healthy my hair has been feeling. I just need a way to battle the frizz.

Anyone else relapse from time to time? If so, what's the breaking point for you?

Last edited by Prettymixedbish; 05-25-2012 at 12:46 AM.
I wouldn't call it a relapse. I consider myself modified CG because I believe sulfates and silicones are like sweets- bad in excess, but harmless in small doses. CG is not about a hard and fast set of rules, but about learning to listen to what your hair likes.

When I first started, I found that co-washing alone didn't work, so like a good CGer, I bought a sulfate-free low-poo. And hated it. I found that most low-poos left my hair feeling stripped. So I decided to try a gentle sulfate shampoo. And it left my hair feeling much softer, so I rotate it in about once a week. Since I already know I'm using a sulfate shampoo, I will sometimes use a product with cones- not everyday, but once in a while.

I found that I need to use a very light conditioner for co-washing. I normally stick to formulas labeled clarifying and I make sure I'm using lots of agitation on scalp and roots. That helped with the gunky feeling. Frizz can take a little more work because there are a lot of possible causes. But don't be afraid to keep experimenting. If something isn't working for you then try something else. It doesn't matter if everyone else swears by it (example- I absolutely HATED Suave coconut). Finding what works for you can take time, but the results will be worth it.

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CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
But don't be afraid to keep experimenting. If something isn't working for you then try something else. It doesn't matter if everyone else swears by it (example- I absolutely HATED Suave coconut). Finding what works for you can take time, but the results will be worth it.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
+1 to that. Also, I hated suave coconut too!
2b//high porosity//fine texture//medium density//low elasticity//loves protein
Lo-poo: SMMR, SMC&S
Clarifying: VO5 shampoos
Co-wash: VO5 conditioners
RO: VO5 conditioners
Styling: AIF, FSG, gelatin gel
PT: IAGirl's gelatin treatment

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