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Baby shampoo

Is there anything wrong with baby shampoo for adult use? For those looking for a sulfate-free shampoo, wouldn't it be a viable option?

Thanks.
Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:

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  • katethegreatkatethegreat Posts: 801Registered Users
    I don't even know if it has sulfates, but I use either baby shampoo or some other very mild or creamy shampoo every three days.
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Thanks--I did a search on this site for baby shampoo, and nothing came up. I guess I didn't do the search right. I checked each ingredient in Johnson's, and there were no sulfates. I'll read the thread you referenced carefully and see what others' experiences were. Thank you!
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  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    JuicyTube, I read that thread and noticed people said baby shampoo does have sulfates, but that thread is from 2003, so I wonder if they've changed the ingredients? I looked up each ingredient the other day, and there were no sulfates - just surfactants and thickeners. Anyway, I wish this weren't so confusing! I wonder what the ingredients are in California Baby?
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Here is some information on Google Answers written in 2006 about Johnson's baby shampoo. It was originally written to address claims that Johnson's "No More Tears" products contain an anesthetic (such as novocaine) that numbs the eyes, which is why it doesn't burn; however, the response also has detailed descriptions about all the ingredients in it:

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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I don't know about the california baby, but the johnson and johnson's baby shampoo is sulfate free. I just read that the pH is higher for baby shampoos which would make it more harsh on the hair.
    3b-3c CG
  • snapssnow92snapssnow92 Posts: 170Registered Users
    i use the CVS brand baby shampoo and love it. it smells so good and makes my hair soo soft and like detangles it too which is a really good thing. i see no sulfates or cones on the ingredients list either!
    ~Snaps~
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Snaps, I've been trying Johnson's for the past several days, and so far I like it better than anything else I've tried since the weather turned warm. For the first time in forever--very little frizz! However, it seems to make my hair have less body. I guess that's the price I'll have to pay to be frizz-free.

    StruttsWife, the link you posted was helpful. I had seen that before, which is what made me think baby shampoo might work well.

    Thank you all for your responses! I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has had success recently with baby shampoo. I know that just because something seems to work, that doesn't necessarily mean it's good for your hair. I want to be sure the stuff I put on my hair meets both criteria!
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • CurlyMom73CurlyMom73 Posts: 123Registered Users
    I am mainly CG, but i will occasionnaly poo with a baby shampoo. They have sulfates but are so mild they are practically off the radar. My favorite is Johnson & Johnson's Honey baby shampoo. Best I have tried thus far. If you try it versus the reg one you can tell the honey is actually doing something and really seems to help with curl definition and retention.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    From what I remember ( I could be wrong) is that California Baby only has coco-beataine in it, but it has a lot of it. It's not just the cleansing agents used, but also their concentration that's important when deciding the harshness/gentleness of a product.
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  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    CurlyMom73--that's great that the Johnson & Johnson's honey formula works well for you. I didn't know they made one with honey. If I decide to continue the baby shampoo thing, I'll definitely try that one.

    Bailey422--you make a great point. The ratio of the ingredients is also an important factor to consider. I hadn't thought of that before.

    Paula Begoun (the cosmetics/hair products critic) says baby shampoo is too mild for adults, so that probably means it's exactly what we're looking for (that is, those who need to use shampoo). :P
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    CurlyMom73 wrote:
    I am mainly CG, but i will occasionnaly poo with a baby shampoo. They have sulfates but are so mild they are practically off the radar. My favorite is Johnson & Johnson's Honey baby shampoo. Best I have tried thus far. If you try it versus the reg one you can tell the honey is actually doing something and really seems to help with curl definition and retention.

    Where did you get the Johnson's Baby Shampoo with Honey? I wanted to try it and I can't find it anywhere.
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    Paula Begoun (the cosmetics/hair products critic) says baby shampoo is too mild for adults, so that probably means it's exactly what we're looking for (that is, those who need to use shampoo). :P

    Gosh, Paula just overflows with great advice, doesn't she? What does that even mean... too mild? I guess a product has to inflict at least a moderate amount of damage to be deemed appropriate for adults. :roll:
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  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
    I use Loreal 2- in 1 kids, the blueberry one. Its is very mild. I can't do cowashes, so I need something with a little cleasing in it and I find this to be perfect.
    However, I have tried the Suave 2 in 1 and that is too harsh.
    Never tried J&J baby shampoo.
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    violets wrote:
    I use Loreal 2- in 1 kids, the blueberry one. Its is very mild. I can't do cowashes, so I need something with a little cleasing in it and I find this to be perfect.

    What a great idea! I will definitely check that one out. The J&J is working better for me than anything else, but my hair doesn't curl much when I use it. I'd rather have smooth hair that's not curly than curly, frizzy hair, but at the same time I shouldn't have to give up my curls!

    I thought the J&J with honey might do the trick, but I can't find it anywhere--not even at a baby store!!

    What ingredients does the Loreal have in it, and where do you find it? Thanks!
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • Lady_Is_For_CurlingLady_Is_For_Curling Posts: 12Registered Users
    About a year ago I considered using baby shampoo as a sulfate-free option. After doing some research I realized that it is actually really bad for your hair. Baby Shampoo is designed to remove/prevent cradle cap and the pH on baby shampoos is higher than normal so that it matches the pH of the eye. This makes it really damaging for your hair. If you are looking for a clarifying shampoo or something to clean your makeup brushes with, then try it out but I don't think it's a good option as a regular shampoo.

    Also, it is an especially bad option for colored hair because it will strip your color (Paul Mitchell's baby shampoo even says this on the label).
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  • WiggilyhairWiggilyhair Posts: 779Registered Users
    I use regular J&J baby shampoo to remove the long-wearing eye shadow I use as an eyeliner.

    It must be good for at least eye lashes, because mine have never seemed longer or more full since I started doing this.
  • tinicurlydtinicurlyd Posts: 1,053Registered Users
    I use baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes once a week for years. Works great for that :D but i wouldnt use it on my curls.
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  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Paula Begoun (the cosmetics/hair products critic) says baby shampoo is too mild for adults, so that probably means it's exactly what we're looking for (that is, those who need to use shampoo). :P

    Gosh, Paula just overflows with great advice, doesn't she? What does that even mean... too mild? I guess a product has to inflict at least a moderate amount of damage to be deemed appropriate for adults. :roll:

    Since so many condishes/creams have cyclopentasiloxane in them and so many stylers have waxes, petroleum, etc, it takes stronger poos for them. Maybe that's what she meant...w/ adult stylers.
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  • nickelyssenickelysse Posts: 2Registered Users
    I also was contemplating baby shampoo as my poo. I have thick 3b low po hair that frizzes like crazy without insane amounts of gel. I can't not shampoo. I was already considering using baby shampoo as a face wash. Do you think the ph would be bad for that as well?
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    med wid
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