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abrama08:
Try shampoo by Ellin Lavar. The grapeseed oil shampoo contains no detergent whatsoever . It's a personal fave. I'm have curly and unruly hair and this shampoo works miracles for me. It's about $7 but it's so worth it! ;D ~ Ashley

New_Leaf:
I have naturally curly hair. I am always complaining about my hair being just wavy in some spots and curly in others -- there's no consistancy.

My hairdresser, who is also my best friend's mother, asked me to try something for her. She asked me to STOP using shampoo. She said to just try it for a month or two as a favor to her.

What I did was wash my hair with a paste made of baking soda and water (I wrote about it on another thread) and let my hair air dry. After that -- no shampoo and no baking soda an when drying my hair I used the lowest setting on cool and only used my fingers while drying, no using a brush or comb while drying.

After a couple of days my hair looked so good! The curls were all there and they were evenly distributed.

Now, I know what you are thinking ... NO, I didn't stop washing my hair. I continued to shower just like always, but when it came to my hair, I scrubbed it just as if I had used shampoo, but I didn't use anything other than water. My hair looked great. I couldn't go a whole month without shampoo though, just because mentally, I didn't like the though of going without it.

Now I use shampoo about once every couple of weeks and I use the baking soda about once a month.

It was an interesting experiment!

emily1067:
Dove is a great, inexpensive shampoo.  It's all I ever use and my boyfriend says I have the softest silkiest hair around....and I don't think he's just saying that to be nice  ;)

chea:
another idea would be to wash your hair less often.  Its less drying that way.

mjwilco:
There's no need to switch to a more expensive shampoo. Just choose a less abrasive detergent (by the way, all shampoos have detergents, not just cheap ones). Have a look at http://www.cheapskatemonthly.com/ed_cheapskate.asp?ID=11192 for some more info. You might want to try a shampoo with TEA Lauryl Sulfate, a gentle detergent.

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