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January 16, 2003 at 5:31 am #19790Anonymous
I read a lot of helpful hints on money-saving websites that recommend using the cheapest shampoo to wash one’s hair — that they work just fine. Yes, they may work fine if you don’t color or perm your hair! Many years ago, I’d pay a high cost to have a professional color my hair and she’d always wonder why my hair kept losing its sheen from visit to visit until I mentioned I used Prell shampoo religiously. She said the cheap shampoos are detergents and strip the hair of the very tinting process I was paying her to put in! Likewise, they can also weaken the curl in permed hair.January 26, 2003 at 6:18 pm #20583Anonymous
I totally agree. After years of trying cheap shampoo, being told it’s just as good as anything else, >:( I am through with it, because it makes my hair “dull and unmanageable”, to quote the commercials. My hair is thin, and I have lots of it. My scalp tends to be dry. I need something gentle, as well as a good conditioner to keep the static and frizzies down. All hair is not created equal, and all shampoos are not created equal, either.
I have found, however, that often you can water the good shampoos down and get the same good results. A solution of half water and half shampoo usually does the trick, and if in doubt, shampoo again —
An inexpensive shampoo is no bargain if it makes you ugly!February 11, 2003 at 3:07 pm #20637Anonymous
I buy my shampoo & conditioner at Sally’s beauty supply by the gallon when it goes on sale. I put some in a regular shampoo bottle and then dilute it. it works great. I find that if I buy it in bulk like this I am not tempted by advertisements to try something new. Everyone says that shampoos stop working at sometime and you need to switch. When this happens – i rinse my hair with white vinegar- let it sit for just a minute while you are in the shower and rinse out. I use the conditioner while in the shower and keep a small spray bottle with it diluted that i use when i need additional help/ i also use it on my dogs when their long hair is particularly dry between baths. Sally’s also has a silicone spray that is the best thing i have found to keep my hair from being damaged from blow drying.
When ever i get a perm my hair dries out and bleaches out. i find if i put a mixture of 1part earth brown henna to two parts neutral henna it really conditions and gives my hair a lot of body. If i do it every 4 weeks i can get by without a perm for quite a while. if you dont want to freshen your hair color you can just use the neutral. you would not beleive the body and shine it gives.February 11, 2003 at 6:53 pm #20640Anonymous
I have used vinegar once. It seemed to strip my hair of color. Parts of it seemed to turn gray. It took about a month for the color to become normal. I never dye or perm my hair (natural wave). I do use a clarifying shampoo for build-up about every one to two months. Instead of adding water to my new bottle of shampoo I just pour a small amount in my hand. I prewash my hair with the end of a shampoo that I have added water to get the remainder out of the bottle. By using that prewash I need less full strength shampoo and my hair gets really clean.December 8, 2003 at 1:00 am #20952Anonymous
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.March 27, 2004 at 2:22 am #21014imported_cheaParticipant
another idea would be to wash your hair less often. Its less drying that way.June 21, 2004 at 5:46 pm #21049imported_emily1067Participant
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 ;)April 27, 2007 at 1:44 pm #21489imported_New_LeafParticipant
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!August 28, 2009 at 5:47 am #21867Anonymous
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
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