I'm new to this method, I have what I think is type 2C hair, I've always used salon products that are loaded with sulfates and silicones and have always struggled with fluffy uncontrollable frizz that I've beaten into submission with a flat iron! I do colour my hair but I use Aveda's deposit only and I really don't want to stop colouring, I have greys and my natural colour is very flat and I have no desire to go back. All the flat ironing trashes my ends hence is my driving force in giving this method a go. I don't know that I want to give up flat ironing altogether, there's probably going to be special occasions etc that call for a flat iron (I have a wedding that I'm bridesmaid for in 4 weeks so there's definitely going to be heat tools involved) but I want to stop flat ironing on a daily basis and bring health to my hair by giving up the 'poo!
So, I'm in Australia and our silicone free options are abismal to say the least!
I grabbed Al'chemy (akin brand) avocado and calendula conditioner and also the wheat protein conditioner as my heavier conditioners and the only one I could find for the cheaper lighter co-wash one was tresemme naturals nourishing conditioner. I have also been using extra virgin organic coconut oil as an overnight treatment and also a little as a leave in. I absolutely love the Al'chemy conditioners (I've used them before and they really suit my hair) but I feel like the tresemme is too heavy to be a co-wash conditioner for me, it just feels too slippery for my liking and I HATE the smell! I loved the coconut oil when I was using shampoo, it feels like it really treats my hair but since using the tresemme as my co wash I don't feel like it adequately removes the oil.
I want to keep the Al'chemy conditioners, they feel wonderful and I know my hair likes them, but I really want to do away with the tresemme for the above reasons. I've found a supplier that sells carrier oils, essential oils and other goodies, they also sell shampoos and conditioners and they're very reasonably priced (by aussie standards!) so could someone please tell me if any or all of these might be suitable for CG as my cowash conditioner?
1) Conditioner base (it's called that because they sell it as a base so people can add their own essential oils etc) -Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Sweet Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Natural Preservative, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth 20, Certified Organic Rosehips Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride, Lactic Acid
2) Concentrated conditioner -Purified Water, Quaternium 70, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearyl Stearate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Quaternium 80, Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium 7, Keratin Amino Acids, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA
3) Light conditioner for darker hair -Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium-70, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Quaternium-80, Disodium EDTA, Henna Extract, Walnut Extract, Lactic Acid, Triethanolamine
4) Nourishing conditioner -Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Sweet Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Rosehips Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Natural Preservative, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth 20, Certified Organic Ylang Ylang Oil, Certified Organic Lavender Oil, Certified Organic Palmarosa Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Triethanolamine
5) Vitanourish conditioner -Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Sweet Oil, Mango Butter, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth 20, Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide
6)Condition & shine - Purified Water, Quaternium-70, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Quaternium-80, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Triethanolamine
Looking at the ingredients does anyone think any of the above would be nice/suitable for my cowash conditioner? Would you advise I continue with coconut oil as a treatment? And what would you advise I use when I get out of the shower? I really HATE crunchy curls so the thought of using gels turns me right off. I have quite a few different curls going on in my hair, ranging from barely wavy (in the front, I think it's from years of bleach which I no longer use) through to s curls and fairly tight ringlets in the mid to back. I really just want to define and enhance what I have for nice silky hydrated hair rather than the frizzy flyaway poufy hair I usually have going on...lol.
I'm sorry my post is so long guys, I'm just very new to this and unless a product is very obviously silicone (dimethicone etc) then I'm unsure what is considered CG safe. I'm open to any links for info and reading too if anyone has any great links.