To CG ladies who occasionally use sulfates/cones...

Do you find that the occasional use of sulfate/cone-containing products makes your hair look bad?

I use sulfate-free shampoo/co-wash and cone-free conditioner/styling products most of the time, but occasionally I'll use a sulfate shampoo or put in a bit of smoothing gel w/cones. I've only just started paying attention to my hair routine, so I was hoping that I could get opinions from ladies who have been on routines like this for a while :hello2:

(My sulfate-free shampoo is the curl Shea Moisture one...anyone know if it can remove cones?)
3a - Fine, thin, non-porous hair - boo! :(

Shampoo: SM shampoos

Clarifying Shampoo: KC Come Clean

Co-Wash: L'Oreal Cleansing Conditioners, As I Am Co-Wash

Hair Gel: L.A. Looks Sport, KCCC, SM Curling Souffle

DT Conditioner: SM Raw Shea Masque, SM Raw Shea conditioner + coconut oil, GVPCB

LI Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, KCKT, VO5 shea + SM baby oil

Curl Enhancers: L.A. Looks Beachy Waves, Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray. AG re:coil


  • rainboerainboe Posts: 284Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't think it's too damaging for me when I use bad ingredients. Sometimes sulfate or clarifying conditioners can my my hair a bit dry after I use them, but I can use a deep treatment and it goes back to normal. I don't wash with sulfates or use cones too often.

    I don't think the Shea Moisture shampoos can remove silicones.
    Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
    Lowpoo: Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
    Rinse Out:
    Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
    LI: Yes to Carrots
    Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
  • kibskibs Posts: 41Registered Users
    I used a cream with a cone in it a few days ago and the next day my hair was producty and greasy. It isnt the end of the world, I just had to clarify it. But I prefer my hair non producty-greasy and using shampoo too often dries out my scalp, so I tend to stay away from them.
    CG since 1/3/13
    Fine, Dense, Med/high porosity
    prone to fluff
    years of straightening and coloring damage currently being repaired!

    Wash:Deva No-poo
    Co-wash:V05 Free me Freesia
    LI/RO/DC: Deva one conditioner
    Stylers: LA Looks sport, Deva light hold, CSCK, AG recoil

    experimenting with protein and moisture
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,203Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I tried CHS Treatment Shampoo (sulfate) about a year ago after seeing some good reviews. My hair absolutely loved it (I always use prior to my PT, and sometimes once every few weeks in the shower). So then I started cautiously playing with cones again and I've had no issues. I still use mostly CG products, but there are a few products with cones that my hair likes, so they're in the rotation.
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • mhen76mhen76 Posts: 813Registered Users
    I think much depends on the condition of your hair. My hair is pretty healthy right now so the occasional sulfate or cone is doable. That wouldn't have been true for me a few years back when I started. After years of blow drying and daily flat ironing, my hair was heat damaged, making it very dry and fragile. It took some time to nurse it back to health. Using cones or sulfates during those days would have just prolonged the process. Like blow drying or heat styling, you just gotta be careful not to use them to the point of damage. It's kinda like Snickers bars. Once in a while doesn't blow the diet but everyday and I'm in trouble!
    3B, fine, normal to low porosity
    Modified CG since June 2010
    HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
  • EricachristinaEricachristina Posts: 496Registered Users
    I don't use sulfates but before I was making an effort to care for my hair I did and it was drying especially in combination with heat styling. I have never given up silicones though and I have no problems with them, my hair is healthy and thriving so I don't see a need to refrain from using them now.
  • ltdeforrestltdeforrest Posts: 61Registered Users
    I have been modified CG since last summer, but recently returned to sulfates. I LOVE the TIGI Oatmeal & Honey shampoo. I still use an a-cone once in awhile so the sulfate poo really helps prevent build-up. I was never able to co-wash anyway because it caused major build-up on my fine hair. My hair has never been healthier...I just make sure I keep it moisturized and deep condition when it feels dry. I try not to use sulfates too much, but I find that I can use them about once a week without too much trouble.
    3a, baby fine i/ii, low to normal porosity, protein sensitive
    Mod CG since 5/12, from rainy Western WA:toothy2:
    dislikes: glycerin, wheat protein :pukel:
    Likes: moisture, Mag Sulfate
    Poo: Elucence Moisture Acidifying Shampoo
    Cond: CJCR, DB pumpkin seed, TJ TTT, Elucence MB
    Protein: one & only Argan oil hydrating mask
    LI: JC WDT
    Style: UFD curly magic, Sweet Curls Elixers flax seed cream and HHG (Etsy)
  • MarciMarci Posts: 225Registered Users
    mhen76 wrote: »
    I think much depends on the condition of your hair. My hair is pretty healthy right now so the occasional sulfate or cone is doable.

    I agree with Mhen, I did CG for almost a year. About a month ago I started using Herbal Essences HH and haven't looked back. I have not used any sulfates, I think this was what caused most of my hair problems. It may be that 'cones aren't always bad as long as the hair is healthy.
    2C-3A MBL layered
    Medium/fine texture, high density, normal porosity and elasticity. Dry climate.

    Cleanse: SM MR, YTC
    Hydrate: Joico Kpak,DevaCurl OC
    Style: AG reCoil, LALSG

  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,007Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I use a sulfate shampoo whenever I color my hair which I have to admit is about once ever 2 weeks (I can't stand the grey). So before I color I use cones because I know I'll be washing them out with the sulfate poo.

    I think once in a while is fine. My hair seems to be OK with this regimen. Probably the hair dye is worse than the cones! But I think the Mhen's snickers metaphor is correct - once in a while is fine - a steady diet of cones and sulfates probably isn't great for most curlies.

    Let us know what works for you. :love7:
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:

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