Can porous/product absorbent hair get clean with no poo?

SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
My hair is very absorbent/porous (probably because of color treating present and past) and can suck in products like no tomorrow. Which is one of the reasons I start with a leave-in first before a gel or hold product.

After a few co-washes I notice that conditioners are not absorbing as quickly or I have to use more conditioner. I think that tells me my hair has product build-up and is my cue to shampoo with a non-sulfate gentle shampoo. After that my hair is soft and product friendly again.

Does anyone else get this? If so, what commercial no-poo or homemade method to remove product build-up really works for you? I shampoo 2-3 times month but would like to go longer without shampooing if I can effectively remove build-up.

Any suggestions except baking soda (dries my hair out). Most of my products are CG; maybe a couple have pegxx-dimethicone or amodimethicone.
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  • PetiteMllemimiPetiteMllemimi Posts: 95Registered Users
    hi surburbanbushbabe im on cg and i think i have very porous absorbent hair also almost like a sponge?

    because of my hair type i am sometimes on the verge of using shampoo but i resist because shampoo dries me out.

    what i do on wash days is rinse out my hair, squeezing it like a sponge gently then i use my conditioner which has lemon juice in it and use that to washmy hair.i find lemon juice effective at making my hair and scalp feel clean.

    personally if i could afford it i would by a cleansing cream like blended beauty or jessicurl but for now im sticking with the lemon juice.

    hth
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    Sorry. I don't really have any suggestions for you. I think I have a similar problem, though. If I don't shampoo for extended periods, my hair begins to feel rough, even if I avoid products that are NOT supposed to build up. Even when using the Deva line exclusively for a while, my hair began to feel that way, and the Deva No-Poo wouldn't take it out.

    I usally just shampoo occasionally, with whatever shampoo I have around. I consider myself a "modified" CG. Shampoo doesn't seem to effect my hair too adversely.
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  • Sun-ReiSun-Rei Posts: 275Registered Users
    I have the same problem (and am only now realizing that the baking soda could be causing my current dryness problem). I was just told by the same friend who suggested CG in the first place to try lemon juice instead, she does and her hair is always healthy looking even with color. I'm thinking about trying it now too the way mimi described.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Brio wrote:
    Sorry. I don't really have any suggestions for you. I think I have a similar problem, though. If I don't shampoo for extended periods, my hair begins to feel rough, even if I avoid products that are NOT supposed to build up. Even when using the Deva line exclusively for a while, my hair began to feel that way, and the Deva No-Poo wouldn't take it out.

    I usally just shampoo occasionally, with whatever shampoo I have around. I consider myself a "modified" CG. Shampoo doesn't seem to effect my hair too adversely.

    Exactly. Or sort of hard, depending on what product I've used.
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    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Posts: 447Registered Users
    I know I have read on some of the AA long hair boards about products that one can buy for poroisty control. I do not know whether or not these products are CG, but they do sound interesting.

    They are basically products to help make the hair less porous, so that conditioners and other products work better and so the hair is just all around healthier.

    I was interested in trying one (I have 3b hair that I am frustrated with), but wasn't sure how my hair would react or if that was even my issue. You may want to look into those types of products.
    3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    CurlyQTPie wrote:
    I know I have read on some of the AA long hair boards about products that one can buy for poroisty control. I do not know whether or not these products are CG, but they do sound interesting.

    They are basically products to help make the hair less porous, so that conditioners and other products work better and so the hair is just all around healthier.

    I was interested in trying one (I have 3b hair that I am frustrated with), but wasn't sure how my hair would react or if that was even my issue. You may want to look into those types of products.

    Do you have a name?
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    I have this problem as well.

    I've gone back to washing my hair 1x a week. Normally, I wash once a month, but I've gone as long as 3 months without washing. After a month of only conditioner washing, my hair feels like straw and the conditioner doesn't soften or detangle my hair. But, when I wash with shampoo once in a while, my hair is must softer and more defined.

    I've tried the modified no-poo thing for years now and it has stopped working for me.
    3c/4a
  • Sun-ReiSun-Rei Posts: 275Registered Users
    Po, are you washing your hair with "regular" shampoo now or a sulfate-free one?
  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    Regular.

    I still have some Oyin that is sulfate-free, but my hair didn't feel washed. I may go back to using it and see how it works now that I've gone back to shampooing regularly.
    3c/4a
  • Sun-ReiSun-Rei Posts: 275Registered Users
    Thanks. :)
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Po wrote:
    I have this problem as well.

    After a month of only conditioner washing, my hair feels like straw and the conditioner doesn't soften or detangle my hair. But, when I wash with shampoo once in a while, my hair is must softer and more defined.

    That's what build-up feels like on my hair.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    Po wrote:
    I have this problem as well.

    I've gone back to washing my hair 1x a week. Normally, I wash once a month, but I've gone as long as 3 months without washing. After a month of only conditioner washing, my hair feels like straw and the conditioner doesn't soften or detangle my hair. But, when I wash with shampoo once in a while, my hair is must softer and more defined.

    I've tried the modified no-poo thing for years now and it has stopped working for me.

    This is EXACTLY how my hair feels :evil: I've started back shampooing... 1x a week (this is my second week)... I've noticed that my hair appears shinier... well see though :?
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

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  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    For the ladies with the buildup problems:

    What conditioners were you using?
    3c/4a
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Po wrote:
    For the ladies with the buildup problems:

    What conditioners were you using?

    You mean to co-wash? These days, WEN...and I don't seem to have the build-up problem as much with it. It was co-washing with TJ Nourish or RC conditoner that I would have the build-up eventually. I just shampooed yesterday (to color, not because of buildup) and have marked my calendar to see how long I go to the next one.

    CurlyQTPie, I checked out the LHC forum and they mention Roux Porosity control shampoo (there's also a conditioner), but I can't find ingredients listed anywhere on the web
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.

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