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Old 10-03-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
 
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Question Yes to Carrots cowash

I used wen for a few weeks and it was pretty great for awhile.... until it put blisters on my scalp.
The menthol-free versions aren't available in Canada either

I want to try cowashing. Has anyone used "yes to carrots" conditioners for this? Its the most natural silicone free conditioner at my drug store, but it's got behentrimonium chloride as the third ingredient, which is supposedly toxic/an irritant

Any thoughts on this?
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Quite a few of the Yes To ... line contain cetyl esters which are a wax and can build up for some, wouldn't be something I'd want to cleanse with or use on my roots or scalp.

Natural is not always better for a cleansing product, they tend to be laden with oils and butters (so poor degreasers) or laden with plant extracts (unnecessary irritants/ allergens). Ultimately you want something rich in the major emollients - fatty alcohols and/ or cationic surfactants. These are the emulsifiers (mix oil and water) and often the same ones are used in commercial and 'natural' products. Commonly used products for co-washing include Suave Naturals, V05, Tresemme Naturals, Inecto.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
 
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Thank you for the info! I had no idea that cetyl esters cause build up. I had build up problems with silicones so i don't imagine my hair would handle cetyl esters well either. I'll give some of those products you mentioned a try!
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