I'm in the UK, so can't get most of the products talked about on here. I tried a very light, 'cone free conditioner from my health food shop as a leave-in but couldn't then use any product over it - or a normal conditioner under it!

I liked the look of my hair doing conditoner-only styling with it, but it felt so slimy I stopped.

I like the sound of the sufate-free base shampoo - never seen that here. Do you know the name of one I could look out for?

Today before swimming I tried a tiny dab of coconut oil on my hair, over the Moroccan Oil that was already in it, and it seemed to soak in. I wasn't left greasy anyway, so perhaps doing that will work.

I'll also try a dab of coconut as a leave-in before the Moroccan Oil - it bothers me too that it's mostly silicones but my hair just got worse and worse over the course of three years without cones and much better very quickly when I re-introduced them.

Thanks both of you for your help.
Originally Posted by Alycat
I am in the UK too! You definitely should be wearing a swim cap in that case, any decently managed pool here should be asking customers to water only shower before getting in the pool to remove product residues and body fat which contaminate the water. This is taught in our pool hygiene certification, which anyone doing the pool tests (every few hours) should hold.

You might try super lightweight silicone free conditioners often used for cowashing but as your main conditioner: Inecto coconut conditioner or many of the pharmacy/ supermarket own brand (the cheapest Basics/ Value type) are options. My hair is 'squeaky' clean after a co-wash with Inecto so definitely no residue or build up, it's far too light for me as a conditioner but it gets very good reviews on Amazon as such. I buy it at Bodycare or Home Bargains for ~1.50.
Inecto Pure Coconut Conditioner 500ml: Amazon.co.uk: Beauty

More expensive is CURLS Milkshake which is available at the British Curlies Curly Emporium and can be used as a light milky conditioner and/ or a light styler, you could water it down if still too heavy. They also sell Komaza Care which have some lovely products at pH 4.5 some of which are very lightweight. Options which you might read reviews on (or contact Komaza for advice, I hear they are very helpful) include the coconut hair milk, Matani repair spray (protein and ceramides), coconut curl spray.
Curly Emporium

You don't have to use a leave in if you don't want to, but not using conditioner to either wash or (rinse out) condition means you are completely missing out on a range of protective benefits, any combing or detangling you do is more likely to be damaging. Needing something so silicone heavy to have hair that looks and feels healthy suggests to me something else in your routine or lifestyle is amiss. Are you consistently meeting or exceeding ALL our government's healthy eating and living guidelines? Have you seen your family doctor about this? Are you tying your hair up a lot, a very restless sleeping, is your hair getting rubbed with a headrest in your car or workplace?

Naturallythinking have a sulphate free shampoo base, it's pH 7 tho so you'd want to reset the pH afterwards or mix with some dilute vinegar right before use. You can use as is, or add some coconut oil to try the Movie Star Method (see Long Hair Community); it definitely removes silicones. Also Soapkitchenonline is often mentioned on forums but I don't know the pH of that one. Either one if you don't like the product you could use it up as shower gel, the formula would work fine.
Shampoo SLS free Extra Mild - Naturallythinking Pure Aromatherapy and Spa

Komaza Care have Moja shampoo which is pH 4.5. Not a base but some lovely ingredients, none of which should build up. It *might* remove silicones since they do have silicones in one of their products, you'd be best to ask them.

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/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect