Does anyone else still need to shampoo?

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I know that a lot of people on this site believe in completely cutting out shampoo. It's an interesting idea, and one that I have tried, but I find that if I go to long without a real shampoo, my hair still gets greasy, especially considering I use gel (Aveda Confixor/ sometimes Deva anGEL) once or twice a day. I have tried the Deva No-poo, but that doesn't really do the job. I use conditioner every day, but the fact is that even "co-washing" doesn't really clean my hair... that's just not the purpose of a conditioner. I don't shampoo every day, more like every two or three. Does anyone else have the same dilemma?
P.S. I use Aveda Shampure.
Sure. There are many of us who cannot or choose not to cowash.
I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
CG since 7/1/2010

Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
Condition: DevaCurl OC
LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
Curl Enhancer:
CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler,CJRM
I shampoo once a week and cowash 2-3 times a week. Any other time I just wet it with water.

I shampoo because too much conditioner makes my hair smell a little rank and some of the products I use have cones.

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I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
I use shampoo (with and without sulphates) regularly, co-washing doesn't work for me. I also have psoriasis on my scalp and I need shampoo to wash out all the creams and oils I use for that.
3b in South Australia.
I shampoo. My hair feels gross if I don't.. I also have to use Nizoral dandruff shampoo every week.
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My hair likes low-poo best as a regular wash, not conditioner. I use 'real' shampoo once every 3 or 4 months, to wash out henna, and before doing a PT.

So yes my hair likes shampoo but only occasionally, NOT as a regular cleanser.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

I use a low-poo once in a while to clarify my hair. But co-washing works fine for me. I prefer shampoo since I feel like my hair gets cleaner more easily than co-washing, but my hair still gets clean with co-washing it just takes more effort, since I really have to scrub my scalp a lot to get it thoroughly clean and I have to use a lot of conditioner. But my hair looks nicer and is less frizzy when I co-wash. Conditioner works fine to clean your hair, it has gentle cleansers instead of harsh ones. You just have to really make sure that you scrub your scalp well to get it clean with conditioner.
curlyev likes this.
2c/3a some 3b/Thick/Fine texture?/High Porosity
Currently trying out the CG method again as of 1/3/12!

Current Routine:
Co-wash/RO: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Low poo: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (when needed)
Products: LA Looks Sports Gel and Curly Kinks Coil Jam

I can go a couple days with just co washing, but after a while my scalp feels gross and my roots are weighed down so i do wash my scalp once is a while.

Sometimes I'll put conditioner on my length before shampooing to protect it from the sulfates.
Ever since henna'ing my hair and winter hit I find I can NOT use regular shampoo, it is absolutely too drying in my hair. I can use a regular low-poo when I feel my hair is getting a bit built up but I have to moisturize really well afterwards or my hair will feel dry many days afterwards.
I shampoo every once in a while like maybe once a month to get rid of build up. My hair doesn't mind it that way. Most of the time I either water wash or co-wash.
I use a low-poo such as Jessicurl's hair cleansing cream if I feel like I need more than just a co-wash or even just a water wash. I usually need the low-poo once a week or just a couple times a month to feel like I've really cleansed out all the product I use. I rarely feel the need to use a regular sulfate shampoo, and I always feel very stripped when I do. I only use those if I accidentally use a cone or if my hair get to a stage where it needs some sort of reset button. For the most part water scrubbing and cowashing work as my regular routine, though, with an occasional low poo to help out.
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3a/2c, medium texture, thick and dense, normal porosity/elasticity. Cone free since 5/1/09.

Low Poo: SheaM C&S
Condish: GFS&SZero or SheaM WCR
Stylers: UFDCM + LALSG
I feel like that more people low poo or no poo (cleansing conditioners) than just straight up cowash. I like to low poo, because I like lathering up and I think it washes out my flakes better than just cowashing or water rinsing.
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Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

I only low poo once in a while. It seems like a good idea to do that to avoid buildup. But even when I was using silicones, I only shampooed once or twice a week. My hair is naturally very dry and it just doesn't get greasy. My hair looks a lot better since I stopped shampooing and that's a good enough reason for me to stick with it! I like to give myself a nice long scalp massage when I co-wash; it feels relaxing and it's good for the scalp.
CG since 12/01/2010!
2c/3a thin BSL hair
Wish my hair was longer and fuller but it breaks off like crazy!
I alternate between regular shampoo and low poo.
Sort of CG sometimes, but not really
2B, medium? normal porosity and elasticity?

Cleansers -
Suave Clarifying, Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful

Stylers - BRHG, re:coil, Ion Hairspray

I live in the NYC area.

I tried co-washing when I first went mod-CG but it just didn't do anything for me so now I only low-poo and maybe once a month use a regular sulfate shampoo.
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!
I shampoo 2x a month because most of my rinse out conditioners don't take care of the little build up i may get throughout the week.
Type 4, fine/high density, high porosity
Last Relaxer - March '11
BC - August '11

Fall/Winter PRODUCTS

Clarifier - Paul Mitchell Three Low-poos - BoBeam Conditioners - TJ Nourish Spa, CJRM!, Co-Wash - N/A, Leave-Ins - N/A, Moisturizers - Afroveda Coco Latte, QBCTDG, CR Moisture Butter, Sealants/Stylers - Any BASK butters and creams, Jane Carter N&S, QBATB
im in the low poo club as well, i do it once or twice a week, i get really good second and third day hair, so i can go a few days with out poo'ing. inbetween washes i just rinse with water, and give my scalp a good scrub

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
I have to. I tried co washing and by week 3 my hair a scalp were a MESS! I have to lather up.


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I low poo almost daily. Maybe use CJ DF once a week. I also use regular sulfate shampoo 1-2 times a week to clarify. This works for me.
2b/3a, normal/high porosity, fine/medium texture, medium density, low elasticity

Low Poo- Tigi Colour Goddess, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT (clarify 1X/week)
Condish- CJ Curl Rehab, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT
Leave In- Slip Detangler, KCKT, Redken Curl Refiner
Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
I low-poo almost every day. I typically take off 1 day each week and don't do anything with my hair other than a headband or ponytail (usually on a day when I'm just hanging around the house). Every so often I will try to co-wash (which I did when I first started cg) but I always get a lot of frizz. My fine hair just seems to prefer low-poo. Every few months my hair seems to really act up and won't do much of anything, so I do a quick shampoo with a combo of sulfate poo and conditioner.


2?/3a ??? ; fine; high density; normal porosity and elasticity
color treated

cleanse:Organix Vanilla Silk, Use Me Cleansing Cream
rinse out/li:Ion Effective Care, Tresseme Naturals Radiant Volume (both with NPF added)
stylers:Curl Keeper, UFD Curly Magic, & Alba Botanicals Strong Hold Gel
PT:CJ Repair Me

mod CG since August 2010

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