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Does anyone else still need to shampoo?

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.
Curly for 18 months and not looking back!


  • justajesuschickjustajesuschick Posts: 1,657Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    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
  • midgimidgi Posts: 2,409Registered Users
    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.

    Sent from The Brick
    I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,758Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    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.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I shampoo. My hair feels gross if I don't.. I also have to use Nizoral dandruff shampoo every week.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    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)

  • britney.britney. Posts: 292Registered Users
    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.
    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

  • *Sugar**Sugar* Posts: 61Registered Users
    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.
  • MirabellaMirabella Posts: 40Registered Users
    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.
  • favoritecolorblufavoritecolorblu Posts: 287Registered Users
    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.
  • kaysarakaysara Posts: 152Registered Users
    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.
    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
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    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.
    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

  • MagandaMaganda Posts: 57Registered Users
    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!
  • CheetaraCheetara Posts: 2,182Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    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.

  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    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. :flower:
    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] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

    mod-CG since December '10

    I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

    My hair is basically my hobby!!

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  • curlyberrycurlyberry Posts: 549Registered Users
    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
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    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.
  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    I have to. I tried co washing and by week 3 my hair a scalp were a MESS! I have to lather up.

    Jen :D

    😜🍸Sent LIVE from my JPhone 4 using some CurlTalk app. 😜🍸

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  • SegBSegB Posts: 692Registered Users
    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
    Style- KCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG
    Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

    Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
  • curlyserfcurlyserf Posts: 858Registered Users
    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
  • JJJungleJimJJJungleJim Posts: 60Registered Users
    I use a sulfate shampoo every 7 - 10 days. If I don't then I start getting dandruff.
    3B/3C hair, very dry
    coloured strawberry blonde with lighter blonde and red stripes

    "I've had enough. This is my prayer. That I'll die living just as free as my hair."
  • wintermagnoliawintermagnolia Posts: 20Registered Users
    It looks as if low-poo may be the answer to my prayers! I find that my hair is always kind of dry, but yet greasy at the roots if I don't wash it...lots of fun :p I'll admit I'm not very well versed on all of these product ingredients- although I have tried to educate myself I don't generally check labels very carefully. I don't know if what I am using is a sulfate shampoo, (or if it contains "cones" for that matter.) Anyway, I may try the low-poo. Are you referring the the Devachan product or are there many different brands?
    Curly for 18 months and not looking back!
  • TriMixDivaTriMixDiva Posts: 255Registered Users
    I have a sulfate free poo, a sulfate poo, and a medicated dandruff shampoo that I'm sure has sulfates and I use them according to how my hair feels and looks. I also just do cowashing as well.
    TYPE: 3C
    Current State: Just bc'd but still growing out heat damage in the front that goes to the root
    High Density, Medium Porosity
    Length: Grazing SL curly with tons of layers
    Goal: MBL curly? 2019?
    Doing what I want when I want!
  • msgmsg Posts: 151Registered Users
    Winter, there are tons of sulfate-free poos, aka lo-poos, besides Deva. The Deva one is ok and pretty gentle, but doesn't clean very well imo. Whole Foods has many lo-poos, like Giovanni and Aubrey Organics and Kinky Curly. There are also drugstore ones but you have to really read labels, things can hide in those... You could also search lo-poo recs here and you will find tons of options without having to read labels!
    FIA: 2b-c/f/i, normal porosity/elasticity I think?

    Current favs:
    lo-poo: Giovanni
    Co-Wash: V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO: CJ Beauticurls,
    LI: Ouidad Botanical Boost
    PT/DT: Emergencee, Biolage Condish Balm
    Stylers: LALSG, Aussome Volume Gel
  • CalypsoCalypso Posts: 142Registered Users
    I use shampoo each every time I wash my hair. If I don't, my hair feels gross.
    3a/3b spirals and the occasional ringlet
    Normal porosity

    Products I use:

    Shampoo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Shampoo
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner
    DT: Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Aqua-Immersion Creme Masque
    Styling: Homemade FSG with Lavender EO & AVJ/water mist spray containing Epsom Salt, Lavender EO

  • luvscurlzluvscurlz Posts: 109Registered Users
    I use shampoo, the no poo method makes my hair feel thicker and my curls much tighter and overall just harder to manage and more time consuming. Shampoo just works for me and keeps my hair looking the way I want it to. My hair is healthy and it's growing back fast so I don't think using it is an issue.

  • Curly BryCurly Bry Posts: 30Registered Users
    I tried cowashing it doesn't work for me so I use shampoo

    Sent from my VS910 4G using CurlTalk App
  • lcl0706lcl0706 Posts: 959Registered Users
    I have dry ends and greasy roots, I have to poo about once a week or my roots and scalp get totally grody. I'll dilute a small bit sulfate shampoo with water and concentrate the cleaning at my roots, and rinse it out quickly. I condition my roots with a lighter conditioner like SN Aloe, and focus the thicker conditioners on the length of my hair and especially the ends. This seems to be what is working best for me right now.
    :wave: fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

    Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
    Poo: Giovanni 50:50
    RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
    LI: KCKT
    PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
    Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
    Gels: SCC spray gel

  • CuteKinksCuteKinks Posts: 76Registered Users
    Shampoo-er all the way lol. Never even entertained the thought of not using shampoo. I like lather and bubbles lol.

  • curlyberrycurlyberry Posts: 549Registered Users
    I still use Shampoos-- I have to since I live in an area with very hard water. If I don't wash my hair at least once a week my hair starts to feel scaley from the water... it's gross.
    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
  • Jo SomebodyJo Somebody Posts: 1,578Registered Users
    I use shampoo bars if that counts.
    My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse. :happy6:

    Love: QB - all of it, Bobeam - shampoo bars, Darcy's Botanicals - Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, Coconut Cupuacu Pomade, KBN - Shealoe Leave-in, Oyin - Juices & Berries, Kinky Curly - Knot Today, Ayurvedic treatments, my Denman and the cloud of kinky goodness on my head that I get to play with! :love8:

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