graying and not coloring curlies -- need to use shampoo more?

SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
For the past several months, my hair has looked and felt dull, dry, frizzy and brittle in the mornings when I wake up.

I've been using a shampoo product (Deva Low Poo, for example) maybe 4x per year. Is it possible that I need to work a cleansing product into my routine more often? Maybe I should try monthly?

Wondering how often those of you who are not coloring are using a cleansing product on your hair. And if so, what's your favorite?

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!


  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Registered Users Posts: 3,750 Curl Neophyte
    Do you have hard water, might you be due to chelate rather than clarify? Or maybe your hair properties are changing, now you have virgin not colour treated hair - you might need less protein say.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,358 Curl Connoisseur
    when i colored my hair and now, not coloring my hair, i low poo about once every 5 days (no sulfates, surfactants only). (years ago used deva low poo til they reformulated, now use cj gentle cleansing shampoo - a low poo). i feel it helps my hair look it's best, keeps products from building up, and it doesn't dry out my hair. i cowash the other days.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Registered Users Posts: 876
    I don't shampoo more than a couple of times a month, if that. I find if I use the right products (I mean what works for my hair), I don't really get buildup. I haven't colored my hair in at least a year and a half.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Registered Users Posts: 1,031 Curl Connoisseur
    i havent shampooed since june 2010 when i stopped coloring. my hair is mostly grown out now to its natural gray/brown/blond mixture. everyone has to do what works for their own hair. i cowash almost every day and use regular CO for a leave in and some gel. NO SHAMPOO for me!
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos

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