question about clarifying
Hello, I've been trying to do the cg method for about a month and a half. on several occassions ive accidentily put products in my hair which have contained cones so i had to use a sulphate shampoo. While my hair seems healthier, it unfortunatly is not much curlier or neater. I want to start off again on a clean slate so i was just wondering if i need a shampoo that states 'clarifying' or if a normal sulphate shampoo will suffice. Also, while i clarify, do i apply the shampoo to just my scalp or the entire lengths?
My second question is if when you clarify, is it like starting again? do you lose all improvement your hair would have made by being cg? do you have to be strictly cg ( no sulphates) for a long period of time to actually notice a substantial difference?
thirdly, can i use a low poo (sulphate free shampoo) instead of co-washing if i feel like my hair is too greasy on a given day?
ps i have 2b/2c hair, medium density, medium width and low porosity.
If you've used sulfates to remove the cones, you should be good to go. Shampoo doesn't have to be called "clarifying." Here's an article that talks about milder surfactants Curly Hair Q&A: Are "Gentle" Surfactancts Also Damaging? You could use something like CJ Daily Fix, which contains "coco b." It's generally enough to remove most cones.
When I first went CG/modified CG, I'd use a sulfate shampoo once a year--just in case. It didn't set me back at all.
There are a few things you need to get great hair. The foundation is a good haircut with the correct layering. After that, you need to use the right ingredients/products and techniques. It's all about getting the protein/moisture balance correct.
Take a look at the ingredients of your sulfate shampoo, if there are any cones you may want to purchase another one...
When i first went CG I clarified and thought everything was fine, some time later i noticed a lot of build up on my hair - when i took a look at my shampoo bottle i saw that it had dimethicone in it...i bought another one (without cones) and since then i havent had build up issues anymore :)
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