Do You Find It Necessary to Rotate Products?

ResRes Posts: 2,911Registered Users
Does your hair seem to get "tired" of the same products?

I rotate a bit but only a few things.

I use one low poo, have three conditioners to rotate (one added for the winter), currently three gels but two are used together (still testing a fourth one), one leave in depending on the season (summer usually doesn't have one), one deep treatment and two different protein treatments. I TRY to keep it simple, I am tempted to decide which of my gels is the best and toss the others.
3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

Shampoo - GTTTT
Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued


  • adorame06adorame06 Posts: 572Registered Users
    I'm kind of scared to take the risk of a product not working for me to switch my hair things around. I just bought a new conditioner to use as my leave in and I have yet to see if my hair likes it!
    CG on 2/16/2010
    My curls looks like the 3a pictures
    Hair length is to my bra strap, it's fine textured, but the density is thick, not much elasticity, Naturally Blonde but Color treated because of graying going on

    My hair loves
    coconut oil
    Homemade FSG
    Hair one for my co wash
    Ecostyler olive oil

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  • oddityofwingsoddityofwings Posts: 1,261Registered Users
    I tend to rotate conditioners but not styling products. I've got (gasp!) too many conditioners, and while I generally stick with particular selection of 2-3, I do like to change it up a bit. This is more due to the scents than any different benefits from different conditioners. Some days I just HAVE to smell like pumpkin (DB pumpkin seed condish); some days I just cannot put up with smelling like AO GPB.

    My styling routine, on the other hand, pretty much stays the same day to day. I have a few new products I'm working out how to use at the moment, but mostly I stick with what I know.
    3b/c. Fine, med-high porosity, normal elasticity. Hair loves oils in summer, protein in winter. Constantly battling the hard water monster.

    CJ Curl Theory, Curl Rehab, Smoothing, Curl Fix, Daily Fix, CCCC, CIAB, CQ, SSCC, MC shampoo, Inecto Pure Coconut Oil, CP luscious curl creme (summer), DB Pumpkin Seed (summer), FD/MT, JCWDT, JCTS

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  • MissCurlGirlMissCurlGirl Posts: 141Registered Users
    I rotate my condish every day, and I have about 3-4 curl creams that I rotate around every couple of days but my gels stays the same every day (Angel mixed w/ BRHG). I do rotate [buylink=]CIAB[/buylink] and CK as a serum before diffusing.

    My hair seems to perk up a bit if I change my routine every couple of days, so I guess the answer is yes, my hair gets tired of the same routine :happy2:
    Hair Type: 3A/3B, Texture Fine, Thin, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity
    Shampoo: DevaCurl NoPoo, CJ DF
    Conditioner: DevaCurl OneC, CJ CF, CJ BSC, CJAO
    Leave-In: CJ BCLI, CJ Hubiscus & Banana Honey Butta
    Styling: CIAB, AG:recoil, CJ CCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG, DevaCurl AnGel, BRHG, CJ CQG, Komaza Coconut products, Curls products
    Finishing: CHS Tweek, SS Emollience
    DT & PT: DevaCurl Heaven in Hair, SS DD, CJ RM!
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I change things from summer to winter and back again, but, as a whole my routine is pretty much the same. The stuff that works works consistently, so I don't need to change it up.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • rymorg2rymorg2 Posts: 2,571Registered Users

    Heck, I rotate whole systems. LOL

    My hair just does better with rotation. My scalp too.....I can use more things than I would be able to if I didn't rotate, because they're not on my scalp every day. One or two in a row is ok, but sometimes more than that and my scalp rebels.

    Plus it feeds my PJism. :happy2:
    Cosmetology Educator with sensitivities, eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
    Low poo: looking
    COWash: Eden, cheapo condish, CJDF
    RO: varies
    Protein: CJCF or CJRM
    LI: varies, usually KCKT
    Stylers: KCCC, CRNCM, UFDCM, Curls gel, ecostyler

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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair has always satiated on products. I always had to switch shampoo/conditioner when that was all I did. ALWAYS kept two or three sets around to rotate. At this point, I wouldn't even try to count up what I had (my recent order of Marie Dean was 10 products--and I could have ordered tons more, LOL!) I seldom use a product more then twice a week. The only exception was the KBB hair milk. I used that as my rinse out for almost 3 months straight. Now it's been 18 months since I last used it and I don't miss it. It's changed.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yep.. I have to. If not, my hair starts to get "bored"--limp curls, won't lay right, etc. This was even before I went CG/transitioned I always rotated poo, condish and stylers.

    Something about the changing keeps my hair fresh and bouncy.
    Type: 3c with some 4a highlighted
    Low porosity thick/coarse texture. nml elasticity
    Routine: No rules, just happy hair

    Cleanse: CJDF, Prell, LUSH Curly Wurly, Bobeam
    LI/RO:BBB, CJ, SheaM, HEHIS, Garnier, KBN Shealoe, CD Chocolat, Oyin HH
    Styling: CJ, CR, UFD, Zuresh, Ecostyler,MJ
    PT/DT: BBB, CJ, Lather, MJSSB

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  • curry curlscurry curls Posts: 1,083Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Nope. I've had to do a bit of fine tuning in order to get my routine where it is now, but I'm totally happy. My hair is quite happy to get the same things every wash. :)
    Started CG July 8, 2008


    Co-wash: Deva Decadence No Poo
    Conditioner: Deva Decadence One Condition
    Leave-in/Styling: Deva Decadence One Condition and Deva Heaven In Hair
    Others: ACV rinses and protein treatments

  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,684Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I rotate conditioners, leav-ins, DT's, styling products. Not in any particular order, or for any reason, not based on season. Perhaps I'd have better hair days if I had more of a "system" or method to my madness, but I don't. It is what it is. :happy2:
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • CurlykeyCurlykey Posts: 1,540Registered Users Curl Novice
    Not necessary, I just like to try out different products :). I'm down to my favorite stylers, but I do love to rotate my conditioners and cleansers.
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  • smasters467smasters467 Posts: 527Registered Users
    I do rotate, sort of, but I don't find it necessary. I get bored, not my hair, so I switch up my cleaners and conditioners.
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    Cleansing: No-Poo, Elucence MBS, YTC Poo,
    Conditioner: One Condition, JC Too Shea!, YTC Condish, Elucence MBC, Joico Daily, KCKT
    Styling: KCCC, LALPS, BRHG, Biotera Gel
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  • ResRes Posts: 2,911Registered Users
    One thing that keeps me from using only one product is I get nervous if it discontinues. Scary thought.

    But I am going to try to simplify my routine.
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • aunttallulahaunttallulah Posts: 206Registered Users
    For me rotation works. I have different routines if I am doing my hair at home or after swimming before work.
    I have been experimenting a little & am trying to work out the kinks (for example: I bought a small Baby Buttercream which I don't think has done a lick for my hair).
    I've started to make notes as to what I use & with which combinations. I notice if the hair changes as the day goes on,too producty looking, etc. I write it down in my hair diary. That way if something goes really wonky I can attempt to figure out where I might have gone wrong!
    Toronto, Ontario Curlie
    2c/3a Fine Texture/Normal Porostiy/Normal elasticity
    Using:CJCR/CJBH, Kevin Murphy Maxi wash, AG: recoil, JCCC, DBPSC, SSPT, SSPS, CHSCK
    Air Dry only!
    Want to take my new found knowledge and apply it to make lovely lush locks!
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  • tendrillytendrilly Posts: 183Registered Users
    I don't know why my hair is so fickle, but I find that I get better results when I rotate my rinse-out conditioners. Even a product that is superbly great one day will not continue to be great if I use it two or more days in a row. So I've just made a habit of switching it up, using a product once every few days or so. I wonder why this is? And why that is not the case for everyone? :?

    I rotate leave-ins too, but not as much. Gels I only change up for testing purposes.
    Dry climate
    2C/3A, fine texture, high porosity, medium-low density

    For me, desert climate+porous hair+CG=inconsistent results! :-(
  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Posts: 2,017Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't know if I find it necessary.... but I certainly find it fun!

    Sometimes my hair seems happier when it gets a change. But I'm never sure what causes the change -- products or some other issue.

    Wurly and proud!
    Modified CG since 2008.
  • DEL2CDEL2C Posts: 6,418Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair tends to get OC'd, become limp or lose curl if I use the same ingredients & don't change it up. Of course, Seasonal changes require product rotation :D
    Discovered CG 2007

    2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

    Link-Spritz & Condish Washing:glasses7:

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    My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars :tongue6:

    CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
  • BeachCurlGurlBeachCurlGurl Posts: 168Registered Users
    DEL2C wrote: »
    My hair tends to get OC'd, become limp or lose curl if I use the same ingredients & don't change it up. Of course, Seasonal changes require product rotation :D

    +1 -- I could have wrote this word for word!
    3a fine; dense; medium-low porosity, frizz prone

    Current Favs: KM Shampoo bars, Darcy's pumpkin seed conditioner, CJ Repair Me; CJCR, CJCCC; Marie Dean products; DM Miracurls Gelly; KCCC; CJCQ; LA Looks sport gel

    :love4:Curl Junkie & Marie Dean

  • 1paperairplane1paperairplane Posts: 72Registered Users
    I used to switch around a lot. But then I would have a million products sitting under my sink not being used for years. So I just threw then all away and decided not to rotate anymore. Now I just use the product until its done and then I'll get another one if I liked it or try a new one if I didn't. Or throw it away or give it to my mom if I hated it before it ran out...

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