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natural2a 11-15-2008 12:14 AM

Allergic to Curl Keeper??
I am allergic to a lot of shampoos and styling products (and makeup, and... the list goes on). I usually get by using something new until I am about a half bottle into it. I, of course, broke my own rule of only one new product at a time when I went CG.

Here's what I use:

Suave Coconut Naturals Conditioner (co-wash)
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose (deep conditioner)
Deva Low-poo (no more than 1x per week)
Curl keeper, and sometimes Tweek

I broke out in a little bumpy itchy rash right at my hairline at my forehead and the base of my neck in the back. I don't know for sure that it is Curl Keeper, but that is what I suspect, since it is the only thing that gets put there and stays on any length of time.

Anyone else had an allergic reaction to it?

I would love to know what the ingredient is that is the culprit. Other things I've broken out to are: the fancy salon line that L-O'real puts out in Gene Juarez salons, the silk protein that is 100% silk, one of the line of Aveda curl products (not sure which one because I was using all of them at the same time).

I have also had allergic reactions to Lubriderm "Seriously Sensitive" lotion that is supposed to be hypoallergenic.


kathymack 11-15-2008 06:57 AM

I'm allergic to CK and a lot of other products. It makes my scalp burn. Other products I remember now were the Bioterra curl creme and gel. I never narrowed down what it was. Since going with the more natural products, I haven't had any issues with allergies. May be a good plan for you to consider.

I also have to be very careful about what I use on my skin, etc. I have a lot of problems with things like sun screen, lotions, etc.

DEL2C 11-15-2008 09:42 AM

I've seen quite a few people say this about CK. I don't have issues with it I LOVE IT but like Kathy Bioterra made my scalp burn along with any Mag Sulph products. Sounds like you'll be putting the CK up for Swap, don't worry it's gonna go FAAAAAST.. ;) Maybe try KY instead of CK? It might be more gentle considering what it's really for.....

LikeAustralia 11-15-2008 10:00 AM

I got the little hairline bumps from the suave naturals...stopped using it and it is going away SLOWLY (urg!)

FrizzBgone 11-15-2008 06:49 PM

I'm allergic to the CK as well; I think it is the glycerin in it.

It makes me itch to the point that I feel like I have lice.

A natural alternative for me was Jane Carter's Condition & Sculpt. It isn't quite as frizz fighting as CK, but I found if I used it after my leave-in and before my hair stylers it helped. I didn't use it as a styling product, more as a frizz fighter. The other product that I have been able to get away with is Curlisto's Structura Lotion. I used it in the summer on those really sticky days. I don't think it is CG though.

natural2a 11-16-2008 08:43 PM

Burt's Bees
It looks like your hair is fine, too. How does the Burt's Bees conditioner compare to the Suave for you? I find the Aubrey too rich to use everyday, so I need something for the days when I just want a light conditioner for co-wash. Advice?

LikeAustralia 11-16-2008 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by natural2a (Post 792778)
It looks like your hair is fine, too. How does the Burt's Bees conditioner compare to the Suave for you? I find the Aubrey too rich to use everyday, so I need something for the days when I just want a light conditioner for co-wash. Advice?

I think you're talking to me, so I'll answer. :)

The Burt's Bees has a lot of protein in it, and while it does enhance curl pattern, it has given me a bit of the frizzies. It's VERY different than suave. It's a thick conditioner, but it seems to soak into the hair a lot before giving any of the "slippy" feeling like Suave does. I'm currently looking for a good natural conditioner to alternate with the Burt's Bees so that I can get the benefits of both protein and moisture without protein. Some people don't have an issue with any protein at all though, so it might be great for you. They sometimes have sample sizes of the Burt's Bees. Try those first maybe.

AprilnUtah 11-16-2008 11:51 PM

I had an allergic reaction to CK too, it was uuugly. :shock:

SexyCurls 11-24-2008 09:17 PM

I am sooo glad I read this thread. I have been having problems with a burning, itchy scalp. Trying to figure out what the problem was. What is in the CK or other products that causes this reaction? I was also using the Bioterra Curl Creme. Oh no!:sad2: What will I do with all these products that I can't use and what will I use instead? I am not happy right now! I have been trying so hard to make this work. What about the KBB products? I am patiently waiting for an order from them--hopefully I won't be allergic to any of them.

kathymack 11-25-2008 07:42 AM

I love the KBB products. Because I'm so allergic to a lot of chemicals in skin (and now hair) products, the natural product alternative was a no brainer for me! I haven't had an allergy issue since. There are ingredients my hair doesn't like, but no allergic reactions.

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