lisette3lisette3 Posts: 16Registered Users
Help! I have been sulfate-free for about 1.5 years now and use The Body Shop's Rainforest Moisture shampoo and V05 for conditioner. This combo has always worked for me, and I had gotten to the point where I only had to shampoo once or (at most) twice a week and could co-wash a couple times in between. I haven't been using products lately (last 1.5 weeks) because I've been lazy. My problem seemed to start when I went on vacation and the house we were staying in had a sulfur issue with the pipes (rotten egg smell and all that!). The showers also wouldn't stay warm for more than a minute. I'm thinking maybe I didn't get all the shampoo out? My friend and I both noticed that our hair felt way greasier than normal throughout the entire trip. I've been back for about 5 days now and washed my hair on Monday. Now it's Wednesday and it ALREADY is greasy at the scalp. I really don't know what to do. Does this sound like build-up? Should I use a clarifying shampoo? My question then would be does it take another few weeks for your scalp to re-adjust to not using a clarifying shampoo like it did the first time you go off sulfates? In another post I saw that I could use Yes To Cucumbers shampoo to clarify that that it didn't have to have sulfates. Should I try this? Thanks so much for any suggestions! This is so frustrating :/
CG since April 2013:cat:
2b medium with normal porosity


  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    YOu can actually use a diluted sulfate shampoo as opposed to full strength that might work just as well. Try like 1 tbsp or even 2 teaspoons to a cup of water. That would probably be clarifying enough. And I would definitely try clarifying. If that doesn't work maybe you should even look at a chelating shampoo. Maybe there were minerals in the water that are causing and issue.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation
  • naturecatnaturecat Posts: 1,986Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I second the chelating shampoo. When water is a problem it's often the minerals.

    Super baby fine hair, low porosity
    Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
    Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
    Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT
  • lisette3lisette3 Posts: 16Registered Users
    Thanks!! Any suggestion for which chelating shampoo to try if clarifying doesn't work? To be honest, this is the first time I've even heard the term.
    CG since April 2013:cat:
    2b medium with normal porosity
  • geekrockgirl85geekrockgirl85 Posts: 170Registered Users
    another recent thread that ends up discussing a few products and/or "home remedies" to chelate:
    2c. present color& past heat damage, fine, low-density, high porosity, happy with some protein. re-CG as of 5/2014. Wash:V05 PFS or KLS, RO: (trying to use up my stash; so it's always different!), LI: Cure Care, DT: SM Smooth & Repair Hair Masque, Style: Ecostyler Olive Oil / La Bella Lots of Curls gel
  • lisette3lisette3 Posts: 16Registered Users
    Awesome, thanks! I'll try the lemon wash tonight I think.
    CG since April 2013:cat:
    2b medium with normal porosity

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