Wanting To Try A New Method

My hair is really thick, dry, and coarse. I haven't found a single thing that has made my hair look/feel like it did when I was in high school. (four years ago)

I also have extremely dry scalp, have for the past few years, and haven't found any method that works for me at getting it better. My hair stylist suggested a clarifying shampoo every third time I wash my hair. I would say I wash it about every two or three day, depending on how bad the flaking/itching is. Sometimes it's more bearable than others.

Anyway, long story short I was wondering if the shampoo free washing would make my hair look/act better. Also what type of conditioner should I use? At the current moment I'm using Dove Daily Moisture.

I'm really lacking when it comes to hair care, any tips or advice, or product suggestions would be most appreciated! Also, there's a pic of my hair on my profile page, in case anyone wants to get a better idea of my hair.
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First thing you want to do is learn more about your hair. If you can tell folks your hair properties, it helps them give you advice. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Properties are the best way to choose ingredients/products. Once you determine your properties, you can look for others with hair like yours and see what they use (in signatures.) It's the best place to start.

Most people follow a version of the Curly Girl method--as you asked a shampoo free method. You can read about it in the stickies at the top of the forums. Essentially, it has to do with avoiding sulfate and silicone in hair product. If you use 'cones, you need harsher shampoo (sulfate) to remove them. It's very drying and affects your curls.
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How will I know if my hair doesn't like something I use on it? What can I look for? I think I have found a a three in one sulfate & come free that my hair likes. It made my hair REALLY soft. Softer than its ever been since my perm.
My hair is really thick, dry, and coarse. I haven't found a single thing that has made my hair look/feel like it did when I was in high school. (four years ago)

I also have extremely dry scalp, have for the past few years, and haven't found any method that works for me at getting it better. My hair stylist suggested a clarifying shampoo every third time I wash my hair. I would say I wash it about every two or three day, depending on how bad the flaking/itching is. Sometimes it's more bearable than others.

Anyway, long story short I was wondering if the shampoo free washing would make my hair look/act better. Also what type of conditioner should I use? At the current moment I'm using Dove Daily Moisture.

I'm really lacking when it comes to hair care, any tips or advice, or product suggestions would be most appreciated! Also, there's a pic of my hair on my profile page, in case anyone wants to get a better idea of my hair.
Originally Posted by Bekktastic
I've got very sensitive skin/scalp, which can feel like it is dry and itchy if something is irritating it... After reading the ingredients on the Dove stuff, I wouldn't put it on my head.

The shampoo (don't know if you're using that) has sulfates, a harsh detergent that can dry out your skin. If you really want to clarify, try a light baking soda wash - there's a lot of advice on the sticky threads in the "newbie" forum about that. Basically, you clarify your hair and scalp with a mixture of baking soda and water. That really, really gets all the build-up off.

As for the conditioner, I may be biased, but I don't like putting anything on my head/body if I don't know what a most of the stuff in it even is, and when a fragrance is that high up on the ingredient list. I try to avoid a lot of synthetics on my skin, and especially synthetic fragrances. This give me the itchies for sure. I'm not super chemical savvy, so I don't know if the ingredients are even CG-friendly (water-soluable, basically).

Shampoo-free washing might indeed soothe your scalp. I'd look for a gentle, moisturizing conditioner that other CGers recommend. The Suave Naturals line is popular, and VO5 too, as long as they are "CG friendly" and free from silicones, sulfates, etc. I use a Nature's Gate conditioner that I really like.

The key to shampoo-free washing is to not use any product on your hair that isn't going to wash away with just conditioner - things like silicones, waxes, etc. So snoop around on the forum and look at people's routines and the products they list in their signatures. Maybe you'll get some ideas?
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
How will I know if my hair doesn't like something I use on it? What can I look for? I think I have found a a three in one sulfate & come free that my hair likes. It made my hair REALLY soft. Softer than its ever been since my perm.
Originally Posted by curldiva012
Is "freak out" a technical term? If I use a product and my hair:

- gets suddenly much dryer
- gets suddenly much greasier
- goes oddly flat
- gets frizzy
- feels sticky/sticks together
- feels suddenly very different in texture
- or if my scalp gets irritated

I assume my hair dislikes whatever I just did to it. I picture it like feeding a baby; it can't talk, but when you give it something it doesn't like, it generally makes it quite clear.

The easiest way to learn what my hair likes/dislikes, for me, is to only try one new thing at a time (product wise). That way, if my hair freaks out, I can be reasonably sure it was that one new thing.
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
Also, there is a link in this forum also that tells you what non- water soluble cones are in products that don't end in cone such as coco bentaine. That page is helpful too. By using it as a guide, I was able to find products that were completely cg friendly (sulfate/silicone free) even shampoos if you wanted to be a modified cg. I was also able to find paraben free products too.
It even tells you what silicones are water soluble.

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