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  1. #1
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    What shampoo do you use?

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    I've been looking for a new shampoo recently and so far have not found anything I like. For years I used Pantene shampoo and conditioner, the regular "classic" version, and it's been fine. But earlier this year they added a strong new fragrance that I do not like. In general I don't like products with strong smells, and given the problems I have with skin allergies any new unnecessary ingredient raises concern that I'll end up covered in a rash.

    The problem with products from large packaged-goods companies (like Pantene) is that they're always changing. So I decided to try some products that I think are more likely to remain the same over time, products made for babies and people with sensitive skin. So far I've tried two baby shampoos (Johnson & Johnson and California Baby) and two shampoos that are supposed to be free of common irritants (Free & Clear and Whole Foods 360). The J&J baby shampoo didn't clean my hair enough, and the others leave it very stripped, causing many strands of hair to end up on my hands instead of attached to my head. I've also tried the Free & Clear conditioner, but it's only so-so, leaving my hair kind of flat.

    On and off I've been using a store-brand dandruff shampoo which is less hair-stripping, but not something I want to use every day. And it also has a strong smell.

    I know there are plenty of organic plant-based shampoos out there, but I'm reluctant to try them because organic plants can still cause allergies. And this whole experience has been quite a waste of money -- shampoo is not inexpensive and most brands are not available in small travel/trial sizes. I'm trying to use up the products that I bought and didn't like, but given the way they cause my hair to come out I can't use them every day without going bald and having a perpetually clogged bathtub drain.

    I saw an old thread here about people going shampoo-free, but I don't think I could get away with that. My hair is straight, not thin but not too thick either. I keep it short, about chin length. It used to be very oily so I'm in the habit of washing it every day; as I've grown older that is less of a problem but I still can't go more than two days without washing it.

    Do you ladies have any favorite shampoos that I should try?

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    I switched to baking soda and water "shampoo" with a vinegar and water rinse a few weeks ago and my hair feels amazing. And my scalp doesn't itch anymore.

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    I use Redken Color Extend. I have used all kinds of products, from the most expensive, Kevin Murphy stuff, to Bedhead. My hairdresser has told me not to spend a lot on shampoo for color treated hair, so I buy the Redken at CVS. I do use Bumble and Bumble Semi-Gloss, which is expensive, but keeps my awful hair in check. And, I only buy it 2-3X a year. That, along with drugstore based almond oil, and a product called Straight from Living Proof, Jennifer Anniston's company that makes great, but expensive products. That I spray in my dry hair, before I flat iron it. My hair is one big cowlick, and it is a bit longer now, so I have to spend more time on it.
    I shampoo less now, but I could never go without. Yuck. I sweat profusely when I ride, so....
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    Right now I'm using some expensive Aveda stuff that's supposed to help with my thinning hair. Does it look better or is my hair thicker and my wallet thinner? I don't know.

    Mostly at chez trek we use this; Alafia authentic black soap for everything including shampoo;

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    Trader Joe's tea tree shampoo (and conditioner)…the ingredient list looks pretty decent and the price is reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolt View Post
    Trader Joe's tea tree shampoo (and conditioner)…the ingredient list looks pretty decent and the price is reasonable.
    +1.
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    Ogx Coconut Water. Seems to be working with my rediculously sensitive skin.
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    I use Aveda Scalp Balance - it isn't cheap but it only takes a little and works with my sensitive scalp and psoriasis. I get the really big bottle that lasts me about 2 years - which is how I justify spending so much for shampoo. I am curious about the Trader Joe's tea tree shampoo though and will give it a shot.

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    another + for Trader Joes Tea tree

    I generally just condition and use something (baking soda, salt, etc) as as scalp scrub every once in a while, but when I absolutely need a bit of a shampoo - mainly if I've been wearing a hat a lot, I use a dab of TJ's Tea Tree Tingle. It doesn't have sodium laureth so it is not super sudsy, but it does a good job.
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    Big Sexy Hair. I have baby-fine, straight hair. It makes my hair tons less flat.
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    de-luxe Rosemary Mint from Drugstore.com. It has a nice scent, not overwhelming.

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    Thanks very much for your input.

    I tried the TJ's Tea Tree shampoo. But it stripped all the oils out of my hair. Again I'm wiping many strands of hair off my hands with a washcloth. Is it just me? Is shampoo supposed to do this, and I'm just expecting the wrong thing?

    The Ogx coconut water and coconut milk shampoos are available in trial sizes according to the Ulta website. Not sure why you would use one vs the other other. There's an Ulta near my office so I will look for them there.

    Any suggestions on what to do with various shampoos and conditioners that you don't want anywhere near your hair? Other than throwing them out and kissing all that money goodbye?

    (Sorry I'm very cranky today. I seriously gained about 10 lbs in water weight while I slept. I can barely fit into my "loose" jeans right now. I hate perimenopause.)

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    Take the Trader Joes one back. They guarantee their products and if you don't like it, they will refund you. Otherwise, not sure. I don't have that issue unless my thyroid is dosed too low - so no help there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ny biker View Post
    ... I'm wiping many strands of hair off my hands with a washcloth. Is it just me? Is shampoo supposed to do this, and I'm just expecting the wrong thing? ...
    (Sorry I'm very cranky today. I seriously gained about 10 lbs in water weight while I slept. I can barely fit into my "loose" jeans right now. I hate perimenopause.)
    These two points seem like maybe they go together.



    Quote Originally Posted by ny biker View Post
    Any suggestions on what to do with various shampoos and conditioners that you don't want anywhere near your hair? Other than throwing them out and kissing all that money goodbye?
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    Quote Originally Posted by malkin View Post
    These two points seem like maybe they go together.
    I did think of that, but I still have some of the old Pantene shampoo in a travel bottle and when I use it, only a few strands of hair come out. With the others I've been trying, there's significantly more.

    I picked up some of the Ogx coconut milk shampoo today. I tried to get the trial size that was on the Ulta website, but they didn't have it in the store. So instead I went all in and bought a 50% more free bottle at the grocery store. I hope I like it. Though part of me feels like at this point I'm trading one super-fragrant shampoo for another one that costs even more, which is not what I started out for. But hopefully Ogx does not reformulate as often as Pantene does -- mostly I want something that works well, does not make me break out in a rash, and stays consistent over time so I can just buy it, use it and not think twice about it.

    Thanks

    - Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
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    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

 

 

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