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thinking about doing a no hair product challenge

imanisocurlyimanisocurly Posts: 6Registered Users
recent'y ive found that my hair is going in a negative direction, im not sure if its because of the products that I use or if its the way I comb my hair or my diet or what ever, but im not happy with it. I've been thinking about doing a no hair product challenge. I want to see how my hair changes when I just let it be how it wants to be naturally. Any ideas on how I could start?

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  • lolo918lolo918 Posts: 729Registered Users
    When you say no hair product. . . .do you mean no shampoos/cleansers, no conditioners, and no stylers? Or do you mean no stylers or gels; things like that? I'd definitely scream NOOOOOOO and hold you hostage if you mean no conditioners at all, you know, that is if you were my friend and I knew you face to face.

    If you just mean store bought products, that's also a different story. My deep treatments and protein treatments lately have been made up of foods rather than a product from the store. I've gotten recipes from searching threads here, googling, and searching youtube.

    As far as how to start- figure out what you're trying to replace/remove from your current product line-up? Then search for recipes, and learn what makes a good product good (like glycerin for slip, or coconut oil b/c it can penetrate the hair shaft, etc). Once those things are decided you can gather your materials and get started.
    3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
    CG since November 2013.

    Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
    Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
    Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
    Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
    PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
  • biannca.smitbiannca.smit Posts: 3Registered Users
    I'm going on one of these challenges this year for 2-3 months. I recently experienced some slight heat damage so I'm curious to see what this challenge does for my hair if anything (I realize I will have to do some trimming eventually). I'm not big on shampoo so I'm not that worried however I have caught the PJ bug. I'm almost six months natural after a year long transition. I'm not exactly sure what I'll be using but my EVOO, EVCO, some avocado, baking soda, apple cider vinegar and raw egg will definitely be present!!!
  • biannca.smitbiannca.smit Posts: 3Registered Users
    I definitely understand, I recently experienced some heat damage. Maybe try upping the moisture??? I know pre pooing has brought my hair a long way!!! I stay away from heat for WEEKS at a time. I'm not sure if you're familiar but look up the Curly Girl Method. It will vary from person to person but some things remain consistent. You can tweak the method a little to fit your lifestyle, budget, etc.
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users
    I'd like to leave my hair to dry naturally after I wash it one day. I'd still put in a leave-in to keep it form drying out, but no stylers or anything. I'd be interested to see how it dries without gel and such; whether it can still be defined or if it just ends up in a frizzy poof.

    Maybe this weekend if I don't have plans I'll give it a try. It'll be funny, if nothing else lol :)
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • lolo918lolo918 Posts: 729Registered Users
    Botticelli, I had been toying with a similar idea. I haven't gotten a hair analysis yet and wonder if I'm truly low porous. I frequently see the suggestion of allowing naked hair to dry to see how long it takes but have been too chicken to do it. . .Even though I know my hair is short enough right now that rewetting and styling wouldn't be as huge of a problem as when it gets longer.

    Sent from my SCH-I200 using CurlTalk App
    3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
    CG since November 2013.

    Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
    Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
    Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
    Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
    PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    The other day I cowashed and then rinsed out the excess and had let my hair dry with nothing. It was fine but I am wondering if doing that for a prolonged time would effect the protection of hair. I am just curious if conditioner does provide a protective layer when leaving in. That would be my only concern when not using any product for more than a few days.

    Sent from my SPH-L710 using CurlTalk App
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users
    It's really important you keep your hair moisturised, so I'd say to still use a leave-in if you're planning to do this more than once. Otherwise your hair may dry out (and that's never good).
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • imanisocurlyimanisocurly Posts: 6Registered Users
    I think I'm going to use my sulfate free shampoo and conditioner and use coconut oil and that's it and experiment with that
  • lolo918lolo918 Posts: 729Registered Users
    I'm so curious about this! It's a good idea to do that. Do you mind posting updates?

    Sent from my SCH-I200 using CurlTalk App
    3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
    CG since November 2013.

    Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
    Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
    Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
    Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
    PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
  • ginabean98ginabean98 Posts: 197Registered Users
    Love cowashing and then just adding a bit of coconut oil. Not very much hold, but nice bouncy lightweight curls.
    2c/3a, botticelli/s'wavy, thick hair :queen:
    Devacuts 3.5.14, 7.16.15
    CG 9.11.14, on & off for years before
    :sunny:
    GOD really loves you. ∞
    HGs: SM Shampoo, SM conditioners (RO), LA Looks Sport gel
    *I love scalp scrubs, bangs, clipping roots, and diffusing!*
    I wash my hair 1-2 times a week, usually 1
    :cat:
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    I think I'm going to use my sulfate free shampoo and conditioner and use coconut oil and that's it and experiment with that
    ginabean98 wrote: »
    Love cowashing and then just adding a bit of coconut oil. Not very much hold, but nice bouncy lightweight curls.

    I posted in another thread that I have been doing something similar, with CO being the only product after washing and conditioning. How do you guys like it so far?

    For myself, my hair had so much more volume, but ager about 2-3 days, my tangles were really bad and the frizz overcame the curls.
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I used to do this the first time I went CG - just wash and do a RO and put coconut oil in. I really liked the coconut oil, but it can get greasy after a day or so, and my hair eventually dried out. I think I did this for like 3 months - I would not recommend for a prolonged period of time. It did make my curls looks nice, but it also took forever and five days to dry.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • CallyCally Posts: 58Registered Users
    My hair would be a mess if I tried this.
    Fine 2c-3a Curls
    Normal porosity/ Medium density
    Henna over color-treated hair
    Not currently CG :(
    Poo: Pureology hydrate
    RO: Pureology hydrate
    LI: HSH Tri-wheat spray
    DT: Coconut oil
    PT: Henna/Cassia
    Styler: AG recoil/mousse-gel
  • PruPru Posts: 7Registered Users
    That's been my routine for years. Sometimes I use a leave in, special occasions, but honestly I can't stand the feel of anything but CO.
    2C / 3A
    Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo once in a blue moon.
    CO & LI: Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner
    Nutiva Coconut Oil
    Occasional cassia / amla treatments