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Curly Girl Method - those of you who do not use shampoo at all, what do you wash your hair with?

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PacificDogwood Sat 05-Jan-13 22:40:24

I have wavy, frizz-prone hair; much better since I have been using one of Lush's solid shampoos and a hair oil after washing.
I am going to move to a sulphate free shampoo next, but cannot imagine going entirely 'no poo'.

I wash my hair about twice a week, I don't blow dry, but do use straighteners sometimes.

So, any suggestions, please? Conditioner to wash with?? I just think that would be a step too far and leave me with lank, greasy hair.

LakeFlyPie Sun 06-Jan-13 00:03:46

I used Original Source Tea Tree and Mint conditioner as a co-wash for a while which was quite good, didn't get lank or greasy.

Am currently using Henara shampoo and conditioner for brunettes which seems to do a good job of de frizzing and brings out the dark Henna colour really well.
I use or desperately need to get around to redoing Lush Brun henna (and vaguely recall from other threads that you do too).

HoneyDragon Sun 06-Jan-13 00:07:15

I use a SLS and other nasties free shampoo bar

PacificDogwood Sun 06-Jan-13 00:07:15

Yep, I do, I currently mix Brun and Marron and using henna has certainly improved things as well.

I uses to use Original Sourse Tea Tree and Mint shampoo a looooong while ago and liked it... hm, thanks for reminding, I could try the conditioner on its own one weekend. When I have no plans to go out grin.

Thanks for replying - I was just about to go to bed smile.

PacificDogwood Sun 06-Jan-13 00:08:07

Hi, Honey, which one, which one?? I need name, websites, details! Purleeze?

HoneyDragon Sun 06-Jan-13 00:30:47

You can contact the lady who does mine on her Facebook page. She does mail order.

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I use an orange one

HoneyDragon Sun 06-Jan-13 00:31:24

Here even

PacificDogwood Sun 06-Jan-13 13:20:26

Thanks for that, Honey smile

Any other ideas, anyone?

HoneyDragon Sun 06-Jan-13 16:01:36

Spanial Galician hair juice wotsit is good

HoneyDragon Sun 06-Jan-13 16:02:13

Massive auto correct fail!

Daniel Galvin

PacificDogwood Sun 06-Jan-13 16:31:26

If it's good for Spaniel hair, it must be really, really good for mine grin

FellatioNelson Sun 06-Jan-13 16:39:03

My hair can go lovely and curly, but never to order. confused It usually happens if I've been swimming, or caught in the rain, but it's very inconsistent. I was wondering about going 'poo free' as well, just to see what happens, but I wash;t sure whether I was supposed to leave the conditioner in, rinse it out, what one to use, or anything. confused

At the moment I always put mousse in my hair and unless I'm going out (when I blow dry) I leave it to dry naturally as it's the only way to give it some weight and body, and to make sure it stays reasonably straight and frizz-free. Then I just brush the mousse through so it's not like cardboard.

But if I could have nice casual, slightly shaggy curls I'd be very happy.

Djembe Sun 06-Jan-13 20:25:09

Body Shop do a fab shampoo which has no sulphates, silicones or parabens smile

MuchBrighterNow Sun 06-Jan-13 22:44:28

I have very thick frizzy curly hair. I just started using Boots naked range for curly hair. It's sulphate free . I've been cowashing with conditioner 2x a week and shampoo 1x . There's a leave in conditioner too. I'm really pleased with the way its controlled the frizz and given me defined curls instead.

lisad123everybodydancenow Sun 06-Jan-13 22:47:18

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PacificDogwood Mon 07-Jan-13 08:50:05

Thanks again for all the advice and links.

I think I'll go with Boots Naked shampoo to start off with, mainly because I can get that easily.

Lake - where do you get the Henara? I haven't seen it for years. I also use Lush Henna.

I'm using Dr Organic shampoo and cond at the moment (from Holland and Barrett), no SLS, silicones etc, but undecided whether i like it. I have tried dozens of SLS/silicone free ranges over the years but not found anything brilliant yet. Argan oil makes my hair look lanky. Mine isn't properly curly, just wavy but anything that tames the frizz makes it flat/lanky.

I have found Lush Jasmine and Henna mask once a week improves things though.

RollerCola Mon 07-Jan-13 13:25:46

I have wavy/curly hair and have tried in the past to go no-poo but after a week my scalp gets very itchy and my hair just doesn't feel nice. I currently use Tresemme Naturals shampoo which is low sulphate although have previously used the Naked sulphate-free range too. Both are good for my hair.

If you're using a sulphate-free shampoo, or no shampoo at all you'll need to make sure none of your conditioners & styling products contain silicones (look for ingredients ending in 'one') otherwise they'll build up on your hair & you won't be able to wash them out without sulphates.

PacificDogwood Mon 07-Jan-13 15:11:06

Whoknows, your hair sounds similar (and similarly treated wink) to mine: wavy and frizzy, not really curly, and too much product makes it lank and greasy looking after about 5 minutes.

RollerCola, I know about having to be totally silicone free, but wasn't sure where to start.

I would say that a couple of years of silicone/SLS avoidance has left it in great condition, no split ends, no dryness, not tangles to speak of, scalp all lovely, but it is just too flyaway.

I seem to have a lot of new growth coming through all the time which makes for a fluffy halo of shorter hair, whilst I appreciate getting new growth (especially having had alopecia in the past, another reason for trying to stay natural) it does make for a fluffball look!

The Lush henna really improves condition too I think. Must do it again soon.

Booyhoo Mon 07-Jan-13 16:54:34

great thread! lots of useful advice

i used to wash, blowdry and straighten everyday but over the past couole of years i've built up to about 3 days between washes. anything more than that and my head gets painfully itchy. i'm still using SLS/cones though as im too lazy to go and look through all the different products. didn't realise boots had an SLS free range though so will go look for that in town tomorrow.

my hair sounds very like your pacific thick wavy and frizzy.

love the idea of spaniel shampoo! grin

Booyhoo Mon 07-Jan-13 16:55:35

oh and i dont touch a hairdryer or straightners anymore.

PacificDogwood Mon 07-Jan-13 17:19:34

I tend to only straighten round my hairline; fringe and graduated bit round my face, so the ends get cut every few months. And most of my waves are around my face, the rest of my hair is straightish yet still frizzy. I would love a head of curls!

Booyhoo Mon 07-Jan-13 17:24:34

me too. about 5 years ago (when i was still washing everyday and blowdrying/straightening) i was able to let my hair dry naturally but with mousse in and it dried in lovely curls. then i got my hair cut into a short bob and as it's grown out again i've tried to so it again but the hair just wont oblige. it must have been whatever way i had it cut and layered back then.

mines wavy all over but not nice waves and some random straight bits through it confused

Lottapianos Mon 07-Jan-13 17:30:52

Another vote for Tresemme Naturals. I co-wash with cheapo Tesco coconut conditioner, it's fine. Apparently cheap conditioners have fewer cones and sulphates than fancy stuff.

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