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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

On 8/16/2014 CeeCee said:

You can try conditioner-only washing. Nothing against the people who like Wen, but I personally feel it is too expensive (plus I don't feel some of the ingredients are appropriate, such as menthol) and you can get the same results from just using cheap conditioner from the grocery or drug store. Lots of people like Suave Coconut or Tresemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner, but you can try other brands and flavors. What you want to look for is something without a lot of silicones in it. What you do is then wash with the conditioner. I wet my hair down and put it mostly on my scalp, rub it in really well, then pin my hair up in a clip, (I have really long hair)then finish everything in the shower, and then come back and rub my scalp again really well and make sure that all my hair has conditioner on it. Then I rinse, and put maybe 2 tsps. full from about my ears down as my ends are dry. I am blessed with an oily scalp but dry ends. :/ I'm lucky, I found a conditioner for $2 a liter that works well for me. I do use a lot of it to get my scalp saturated, but at that price I don't care. I can go 5-7 days between washings if I don't get horribly sweaty or into something where odors cling to my hair, like a smoke filled party.

The idea is that the oil cuts through the oil, but without stripping your scalp like soap does. There are several discussion groups out there on this subject. You can google conditioner only washing or CO washing if you want to learn more.

CeeCee

P.S. The cheap conditioner that works for me is at the Army/Navy store in Canada, and it actually has some silicones in it. I also still do use shampoo about every 6-8 weeks, to remove build up from the silicones and styling products.

I might try this......did your hair go through a yucky phase? I don't want my husband to be grossed out Smiley Happy

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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

My hair is oily. I wash daily regardless of sulfates. Wen is a waste of money but you have the right to try it and see if you like it. My hair needs shampooed daily regardless of what I use

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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

The cheap conditioner didn't work for me. But it does work for alot of people. I was losing a lot of hair when I conditioned only. I used suave. I use wen now and I don't seem to lose as much hair. I have no idea why because they are the same concept.
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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

My hair is very oily too. It doesn't matter what I use to wash it...shampoo, WEN, or even Dawn dishwashing liquid...by the next day, it's oily again.

The best thing is that my hair is sliky and smooth and not dry. It's a small price to pay for nice hair and know that I am clean. Four days or a week without washing,, especially in the summertime is too yucky to me to imagine.

I remember when I used to wash clients hair before cutting and styling. As soon as the water hit their hair at the shampoo bowl, I got a awful wiff of stink. Gross!!

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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

I have a few sulfate free shampoos, all of which produce suds. alba Botanica and acure Organics which are both reasonably priced. I would check iherb.com website as they give a really good description of their products plus organic & natural for $. Just do a search for shampoo for oily hair.

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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

I got the Giovanni Tea Tree Sulfate Free shampoo....... I LOVE it!

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Re: Sulfate free shampoos.....do they all help the oily hair cycle?

I would recommend Sally Beauty supply, hair one. I used this before I tried Wen. It is the same concept as Wen but much less expensive. The Ion line is a very good sulfate free shampoo and conditioner line. Sally has a few sulfate free lines that you should try. You can't always find them in the store and may have to order online. If I can't afford Wen in the future, I would probably buy Sally's sulfate free products again.

I am not sure that any of these products would help an oily scalp.