We’d like your help getting CurlTalk back on its feet!

By participating on CurlTalk — posting, commenting, liking — in the next few weeks, you will automatically be entered to win amazing prizes.

Our latest winner is Savagegirl!

CurlyCanadian, Bomega and EllaJ have also won wonderful prizes! Will you be next? Post, like, comment, GET ACTIVE and help us get CurlTalk ENERGIZED again!

Learn more!

Moisturizing shampoo for fine hair

Any suggestions? Hopefully something inexpensive. Thanks!


  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Shampoo doesn't moisturise (add or increase water) it cleanses, and most products damage the hair even if only in a minor way. It's your conditioners that should be moisturising if your hair needs more water - with CG you would be using three (rinse out, leave in, deep). If you ask one product to do two jobs you often end up with a product that does not perform well at either task.

    If you want the gentlest possible cleansing go for conditioner-only washing or a shampoo at pH 4.5 to 5.5 AND based on a glucoside or betaine surfactant.
    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
  • etosetos Posts: 221Registered Users
    the most centle 'shampoo' I know is Curl Junkie Daily Fix. But that is actually more a 'washing conditioner' (but it has some very light sulfates in it).

    Best option is to co-wash your hair with a silicone free conditioner. You can find more about a shampoo-free method (also known as Curly Girl method or CG method) on this website.
    highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

    Pre-poo: coconut oil
    wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
    RO + LI: different every time
    Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

    dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

    (modified) CG since june 25, 2012
    Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

    SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)
  • Aisha89Aisha89 Posts: 4Registered Users
    I have found co-washing doesn't work for me. I really like Elucence Moisture Benefits shampoo - it's $6 at Curlmart for 10 oz, and right now they have 15% off plus free shipping, so it's not going to break the bank to try it out :)

    Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo - CurlMart
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Just curious in what way co-washing didn't work for you. You have every right to wash your hair however you feel works best for you, but wondered.

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • Aisha89Aisha89 Posts: 4Registered Users
    Just curious in what way co-washing didn't work for you. You have every right to wash your hair however you feel works best for you, but wondered.

    Straight co-washing on a regular basis doesn't work for me - I don't feel that it cleans my scalp that well and the roots/top of my head tends to get lank and feel greasy. I occasionally will co-wash or just condition, but I have better luck with cleansing conditioners or designated co-wash products (like Curl Junkie Daily Fix or Eden Bodyworks co-wash, though the As I Am didn't work for me) than using regular conditioner.

    And oddly, I find that using conditioner (like a Suave or a V05) leaves my hair more tangled and messed up than using a shampoo - perhaps it's cause co-washing requires more manipulation for me?

    So all in all, co-washing on a regular basis is a no-go for me but occasionally I work it into my routine alternating with low-poos (and even the occasional clarifying sulfate poo, *gasp*) :)
  • DigbyDigby Posts: 27Registered Users
    Thanks for the tip on Elucence Moisture Benefits shampoo. It looks like it has parabens in it, so I don't want to use it. Otherwise, it's a great deal!
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Interesting. I find my hair tangles less, which I think is because I don't rub the length of my hair in the process of co-washing, as opposed to traditional shampooing, at least the way I was taught to do that. I did have problems with greasy roots at first, but was able to get past that alternating low-pooing with co-washing, and with brown sugar scrubs. Of course, I do understand that YMMV.

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008

Leave a Comment

BoldItalicStrikethroughOrdered listUnordered list
Align leftAlign centerAlign rightToggle HTML viewToggle full pageToggle lights
Drop image/file