Newbie trying out CG- did i do it right?

Hey everyone. So i just discovered this website, and CG in the last 24 hours. I have been using only organic hair care and cosmetics since I was 16 (i'm now 23).

Just thought I'd share my usuals:
Giovanni Tea Tree, 50/50 and Golden Wheat shampoo's and conditioners (depending on which one i see in the shop first), Herbalgrow hair gel (only very little, only some times), organic coconut oil.

That's what I was doing.
Then, today, after reading I decided to just plunge right in. I used Giovanni's Deep Clarifying Shampoo(though it has no sulfates), then thought I'd spruce it up by scrubbing my scalp with some regular salt (didnt want to waste my organic sugar!), and then I rinsed my hair in white vinegar (i know, its harsh, but I wanted to clear EVERYTHING out of there.. not sure if this was the right idea or not.. I'm a bit of a mad scientist sometimes with these things).

Then I've gone and done a cowash with Giovanni's triple treat conditioner, put a tiny bit of my regular gel and a bit of coconut oil, and plopped.

I'll post pictures of the results once my plop is dry.

Thoughts?
Is this the right way to go about CG?
2c/3a. Fine-Medium, Med-High Porosity. NO elasticity.

Mainly CG (co-wash daily; no poo, no cones)
Current products:
Co-wash: Desert Essences Organics (lemon for clarifying)
Condish: Desert Essences Organics (coconut for moisture)
Hair Gel: KissMyFace, HFSG

Occasionals:
Coconut Oil
Baking Soda/ACV
Trying:
Gelatin/ACV Protein Treatment
Biotene H-24 Condish
VO5 Hot Oil

Hair Pics: http://s754.photobucket.com/albums/xx186/longdarkwavyhair/CG%20Hair/

Comments

  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Registered Users Posts: 2,034
    Welcome!!

    My first thoughts are that I would use a sulfate shampoo just to make sure you got everything out. Even if you used these products for years, if you used silicones at any point without sulfate-ing (that should be a word) them out, they're probably still there. Suave makes a super cheap clarifying shampoo that's great.

    Vinegar isn't actually that harsh in comparison. A lot of curlies use vinegar rinses (usually apple cider vinegar, but white vinegar works just as well and smells better in comparison) for things like hard water, over-conditioning, etc.

    I can't find the ingredients of the gel to check, so I'm assuming it's ok. Everything else sounds good to me. Good luck!
    CG since 6/15/08!
    Medium-Fine/Normal Porosity

    http://collegecurly.blogspot.com/
  • LongDarkWavyHairLongDarkWavyHair Registered Users Posts: 69
    thanks for the tips!
    I've read about using baking soda- is that ok for sulphate-edness (yes, we're making it a word) to get rid of any cones? I havent used silicone in my hair since i went organic 7 years ago, but if its there, i'd like to get it out. Its just that I only use natural/organic products, so using a shampoo that has things like propeline glycol or sodium laureth sulfate doesnt really make me too thrilled.
    I'm stoked to get rid of shampoo altogether and move to only conditioner, though i wonder if i need to do that since I use a sulphate free shampoo anyway (giovanni)
    2c/3a. Fine-Medium, Med-High Porosity. NO elasticity.

    Mainly CG (co-wash daily; no poo, no cones)
    Current products:
    Co-wash: Desert Essences Organics (lemon for clarifying)
    Condish: Desert Essences Organics (coconut for moisture)
    Hair Gel: KissMyFace, HFSG

    Occasionals:
    Coconut Oil
    Baking Soda/ACV
    Trying:
    Gelatin/ACV Protein Treatment
    Biotene H-24 Condish
    VO5 Hot Oil

    Hair Pics: http://s754.photobucket.com/albums/xx186/longdarkwavyhair/CG%20Hair/
  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Registered Users Posts: 2,034
    Did you use a sulfate shampoo before going natural? I ask because I know a lot of people who have, and they all used that to clarify before starting.

    Baking soda is more of an option for those who no- or low-poo. It does not get rid of silicones, but it does help with other build-up you may encounter.

    You don't have to go out and buy a harsh shampoo if you don't want to. It's just if you may have problems down the line if they're still there. You could always use it once and then hide it in a closet somewhere. No one will ever know. :wink: Almost like it never happened...

    Here's a link for more info:

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-q-a/whats-the-scoop-on-silicones
    CG since 6/15/08!
    Medium-Fine/Normal Porosity

    http://collegecurly.blogspot.com/
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Registered Users Posts: 569 Curl Neophyte
    I think curlyjenn10 gave you some good advice. If you haven't used 'cones in years, you probably don't need to clarify. (I'm not an expert though!) Still, if you want to be sure, make sure you use a sulfate shampoo to do it. Vinegar rinses are great for sealing the cuticle and restoring the hair's natural ph balance, but not for clarifying.

    Anyway, it sounds like you've pretty much got it, so welcome to the boards and congrats on going CG!
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

    http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



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