are the Shea Moisture poo's more cleansing then using vo5 conditioner to cowash with?

I'm thinking of trying the Shea Moisture poo that has shea butter and Kelp not the coconut one(would cause me breakouts) BUT if its not any more "cleansing" than using straight vo5 conditioner then i'm not going to spend the $$.


I was also thinking of trying the jessicurl cream cleanser,where would this fit in? would it be more cleansing then the two above?

i'm STILL a little confused about this stuff......
the vo5 conditioner i was trying/using..it seemed like i really need to scrub my scalp for a long time to get it clean and i was losing a ton of hair from doing that so i want to find something that won't dry my hair out but will clean my scalp without a lot of scrubbing..if there IS such a thing......
My hair feels cleaner with the SM moisture retention shampoo
I haven't tried the SM Retention shampoo, but I love the Coconut & Hibiscus one. The shampoos will be more cleansing than a co-wash so if you wash with them daily it's not really "CG" per se (but do whatever works best for your hair! Just watch for dryness if you start using shampoo more routinely). I use the coconut Shea Moisture shampoo in the fall/winter because it's really moisturizing and I find it too heavy in warmer weather.

My replacement for warm weather is the Jessicurl Cleansing Conditioner. It's an HG for me! It's pretty much the consistency of a watered down conditioner but with a little bit of extra cleansing punch thanks to the coco betaine (which will remove all buildup, even if you use silicones). It would be considered sort of a cross between a co-wash and a low-poo (like Curl Junkie Daily Fix is). It lathers like a low-poo but it's less cleansing than a low-poo and gentle enough to use more often, like a co-wash conditioner.

My personal routine is to only wash my hair every 2 or 3 days. I usually do use the Jessicurl and a lighter conditioner. Once a week I'll use a true low-poo (using up my Devacurl Low Poo) when I do my protein treatment. Co-washing doesn't work for my hair so the Jessicurl has been a great compromise. I bought the 32oz size! I think the frequent cleansing technically makes me "modified CG", but it keeps my scalp from itching and makes my curls happy so I'm sticking with it!
Southern WI curly ~ mostly 2b/c with 2a/b underlayer and a few 3a curls on top
Low porosity, fine hair but LOTS of it!
Loves protein. Dislikes butters and heavy oils.
Working toward natural products and streamlining!!
Current Loves: JCCC, Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, AG Recoil, CK Coil Jam
the vo5 conditioner i was trying/using..it seemed like i really need to scrub my scalp for a long time to get it clean and i was losing a ton of hair from doing that so i want to find something that won't dry my hair out but will clean my scalp without a lot of scrubbing..if there IS such a thing......
Originally Posted by IAgal
Were you using enough product and enough water? Some predilute their CO-wash conditioner, others apply then massage then leave to soak and emulsify for a few minutes before rinsing with a little more massage. I use Inecto and don't skimp because it's cheap, I would not say I need to scrub nor for a long time and even get a soft 'lather' up. I wash upside down so sort of comb my fingers along the scalp alternately towards the crown instead of risking tangling the roots by rubbing in little circles.

By all means change your product, but do understand that for many low-poo or no-poo products there is a different technique to commercial shampooing because there are no powerful/ harsh surfactants. That is likely partly because most of us used far too much sulphate shampoo before we went CG instead of relying on good washing technique.

You might look for a product that is quite basic and not expect it to cleanse effectively AND moisturise effectively AND be super gentle, have your subsequent conditioners do the hydrating. If you choose something at pH 4.5 to 5.5 that would be the most gentle on both skin and hair. Also consider avoiding ingredients that build up or are difficult to remove like shea butter.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
curvesncurls,

I've seen the jessicurl cleansing cream but hadn't tried it yet. I'm a little concerned about the oil(avocado i'm thinking? going by memory here)that's in it.with my low porosity hair,oil seems to just sit on my hair and make it look greasy. you don't have any issues with this? where is the cheapest place you can get this,do u know?
thanks!
firefox,
I believe I was using enough conditioner but maybe not enough water. it seems when I just use conditioner only to wash my hair I get a white buildup on my scalp so I tend to try to scrub for longer periods...gently but longer.

Thanks for the tips!
curvesncurls,meant to ask...what is the "lighter" conditioner you use after the jessicurl?
firefox,
I believe I was using enough conditioner but maybe not enough water. it seems when I just use conditioner only to wash my hair I get a white buildup on my scalp so I tend to try to scrub for longer periods...gently but longer.

Thanks for the tips!
Originally Posted by IAgal
If you have problems with build up, forget using a moisturising product or one with a ton of additives so you don't get residues. Just go for something lightweight and basic with few ingredients: you should massage the scalp as you rinse not just when you apply to shift any residues. I definitely wouldn't go for a shea butter product nor one with fragrances or loads of plant extracts like Devacurl if you have a possible scalp issue.

The Jessicurl cleansing cream doesn't look to be full of junk, or scale up to a low-poo like the Komaza Care, the company are into scalp care and their Moja shampoo is pH 4.5.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
curvesncurls,

I've seen the jessicurl cleansing cream but hadn't tried it yet. I'm a little concerned about the oil(avocado i'm thinking? going by memory here)that's in it.with my low porosity hair,oil seems to just sit on my hair and make it look greasy. you don't have any issues with this? where is the cheapest place you can get this,do u know?
thanks!
Originally Posted by IAgal
There is avocado oil in it, but I don't have problems with my hair looking greasy. I do find that if I low-poo with my DevaCurl, I can go without a wash for about 3 days before my hair starts to look stringy/greasy. With the Jessicurl I can only go for 2 before I need to wash again. I have low porosity hair too, but I don't have problems with this product. I know you can order the regular size products from curlmart.com but you can also go onto the Jessicurl website and order a 0.5oz or 2oz size if you want to try it. But for the best deal, I would suggest posting on the swap board here that you are in search of this product (if you want to specify that you are looking for a sample, you could, but I actually got my 32oz bottle for $35 which was good enough of a deal for me to purchase without ever having tried the product before - it will depend on your finances). If you have anything you tried and didn't like you could post it for swap, or you could just post that you are looking to purchase. Hope that helps!

curvesncurls,meant to ask...what is the "lighter" conditioner you use after the jessicurl?
Originally Posted by IAgal
I'm in trials right now for one that meets my needs but I'm experimenting with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus and Curl Junkie Smoothing Conditioner. They're both too heavy I think so I've been reverting to my fallback - VO5. I really need to find something that's in the middle but haven't had luck yet.
Southern WI curly ~ mostly 2b/c with 2a/b underlayer and a few 3a curls on top
Low porosity, fine hair but LOTS of it!
Loves protein. Dislikes butters and heavy oils.
Working toward natural products and streamlining!!
Current Loves: JCCC, Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, AG Recoil, CK Coil Jam

Last edited by curvesncurls; 06-02-2013 at 08:01 PM.
Curves..you talked me into trying jessicurl cleansing cream lol!
which scent do you get? where did you find it for $35? 40 plus shipping is the cheapest i can find it
at the moment.
also,have you ever tried jessicurls gentle cleansing shampoo..if so,how did it compare to the cleansing cream?

thanks!
Curves..you talked me into trying jessicurl cleansing cream lol!
which scent do you get? where did you find it for $35? 40 plus shipping is the cheapest i can find it
at the moment.
also,have you ever tried jessicurls gentle cleansing shampoo..if so,how did it compare to the cleansing cream?

thanks!
Originally Posted by IAgal
Jessicurl can be purchased from aveyou.com. Orders under $50. Shipping is $5..orders over $50, shipping is $1. They have excellent customer service and ship quick. Orders under $100 use code FIVE or a 15% discount and if your order is $100 and over used code BEAUTY25 for $25 off. Hope this helps.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

$5 off 1st order under $40, $10 off over $40...at iherb use code KEY066
thank you curlsnswirls!!
thank you curlsnswirls!!
Originally Posted by IAgal
You're welcome!! Here's also a new coupon code (20% off) for "quart size containers" at Jessicurl.com, JUNEQUART.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

$5 off 1st order under $40, $10 off over $40...at iherb use code KEY066
The 15th of every month, Jessicurl offers free shipping using this code: FSJCRL15. Also, for anyone outside the USA, on the 15th of every month, Jessicurl offers 15% off any order using this code:JCRLINT1. Jess blogged about it here, if you want more details: It makes me giddy to tell you good news like this. Positively giddy. :-) | Blog - jessicurl | Jess's blog
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed
Thanks for all the codes!! I've got a bottle headed this way, will be here Friday
Curves..you talked me into trying jessicurl cleansing cream lol!
which scent do you get? where did you find it for $35? 40 plus shipping is the cheapest i can find it
at the moment.
also,have you ever tried jessicurls gentle cleansing shampoo..if so,how did it compare to the cleansing cream?

thanks!
Originally Posted by IAgal
I got the unscented version, which surprisingly smells ok! I found it on the swap board, so I lucked out on the price. But it sounds like you might be able to get a good deal with some of these codes ~ which I am now storing on my desktop for future reference - hopefully without dh finding them!!

I haven't tried the gentle cleansing shampoo, but it looks like a lot of the ingredients are the same as the cleansing cream so I would imagine it's pretty gentle and moisturizing. I hope the Cleansing Cream works for you!!
Southern WI curly ~ mostly 2b/c with 2a/b underlayer and a few 3a curls on top
Low porosity, fine hair but LOTS of it!
Loves protein. Dislikes butters and heavy oils.
Working toward natural products and streamlining!!
Current Loves: JCCC, Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, AG Recoil, CK Coil Jam
I have the Shea moisture curl enhancing shampoo but haven't used it yet. I like the stylers from that line. They help me out on high humidity days like today.

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