So there's this thing called the "Curly Girl Method." You can read about it here. Or you can buy the book here. The basic premise of this method is in order to acheive your true curl potential you need to forgo shampoo unless the shampoo does not contains sulfates, which are harsh cleansing agents that create all the soapy lather that we have grown to love, but ultimately dry out and damage our hair. The idea is to co-wash (conditioner wash) your hair in leui of the "poo" with a light weight silicone free conditioner.
I use VO5 or Suave Naturals conditioner.
I use Tresemme Nauturals Vibrantly Smooth conditioner.
After your usual shower regimen- you apply sulfate free/silicone free styler product (gel, mousse, etc) to dripping wet hair, scrunch and gently squeeze your curls into shape, dry with a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel- this is called "plopping", and never touch it again until it's completely dry.
These are the ones I used today.
So, I used a clarifying shampoo on Sunday one last time just to get all the product build up out of my hair to start from scratch with a clean slate of hair. Today was my first day of the Curly Girl Method (co-washing). Surprisingly, my hair felt pretty clean afterwards. I'm not sure if it's gonna work, but it's worth a shot.
I've seen some GREAT results!! This is the blog that actually inspired me!
This is a pic of the finished results. Sorry for the sh*tty pic. I had to use my phone.
Co-Wash: VO5 Tea Therapy Camomille Conditioner
Rinse-Off Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth
Styling Products: Culr Keeper and Pantene Styler Strong Hold Gel