Post # 32
If you aren’t afraid of a week or so of “transition period” (your hair will be a bit lank, and then it will be amazing)…try a natural shampoo bar! they aren’t too expensive because they last quite a while. There are online tutorials for how to use them, and once you get used to them you’ll never want to go back. I make my own using oils I like, but you can also get them at places like Lush (expensive though) or Chagrin Valley (google it). Etsy also has a lot of artisan soap makers who make shampoo bars.
Seriously, it sounds weird but for bang for your buck, you get all natural, good quality ingredients for a wayyy lower price than if you buy bottled. Also you get brownie points for not wasting plastic bottles! 🙂
Post # 33
I just switched to Aussie products and I LOVE them. My hair has never felt this great! It was $5 for their giant bottles of shampoo or conditioner.
Post # 34
@FrenchNewlyWed: What works best for me is what’s called “no-poo”– sounds weird. Let me explain. Basically you wash your hair with a baking soda solution (like 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 2 cups of water), having mized it in a squirt bottle of some kind. It takes out all the grease and hair product gunk really well, but it must be followed by a thorough rinse/condition with cider vinegar water of the same proportions. It gets my hair very clean and beautifully shiny, and all I have to buy is baking soda, vinegar, and a couple of water bottles with closeable nozzles to put the solutions in!
I do occasionally need to condition my hair after this, especially if I’ve been in the sun a lot and my hair is getting dry. Look the method up online– you’ll find lots of information on how to use the baking soda and vinegar.
Post # 35
@FrenchNewlyWed: I only use salon quality products (Joico in particular). Like you, I find cheap shampoo ruins my hair and it’s just not worth the *savings* in the long run.
However, I am also frugal. I buy my salon products at beauty supply stores and at (believe it or not) Winners. $16 for a huge bottle of a great product is worth it to me.
Post # 36
Wow, thanks for all the great replies! I feel really supported…and conflicted! 🙂 I think I’ll take a trip to my local grocery store (there are big hair care sections) but, I should also probably go see a stylist. I’ll be back to this thread for sure…keep sharing!
I am really tempted get a really good shampoo. Actually, this could start a discussion about frugality and taking care of yourself etc. I used my mil’s salon shampoo and my hair looked SO GOOD when I was there…and well, my dh can get away with using the super cheap shampoo. I have trouble justifying a huge expense, but at the same time maybe sometimes it’s worth it to try and stay beautiful, for work, for me, and for dh…hmmm.
Post # 37
I’m totally planing on trying these two things.
Post # 38
I use cheap shampoo and “expensive” conditioner (not really expensive to most people, but I’m a cheapskate!)
Post # 39
Maybe there are deals on the internetz?
Post # 40
garnier fructise – it’s PureClean 2in1 shampoo/conditioner for about $4.00 here in the US. It’s amazing !! My hair is thick and long and that shampoo has really helped keep it healthy.
Post # 41
I’m normally pretty frugal except when it comes to hair and skincare. I switched over to Redken All Soft from Pureology, but my wonderful Future Mother-In-Law gave me some brand new bottles of Pureology, which is awesome. I was my hair daily and have a LOT of it and I’ve had a set last me 5 months. It retails for $27/bottle USD, but I can get it on Amazon for cheaper.
Post # 42
The weather here in Seattle makes my hair look super greasy and flat.
What works for me is Dove shampoo…and a few days a week I’ll use some conditioner on the ends. But not everyday or my hair looks so gross.
My hair is actually shiny and holds it’s natural curl best when there’s no conditioner…but my hair lady said I can’t NEVER use it.
But this was not the case in Idaho or CA. I def had to have great stuff to keep my hair soft and silky.
Post # 43
Yikes, I just realized I forgot to include the most important step in the baking soda/vinegar method: after you wash your hair with the baking soda water, rinse it very, very thoroughly before putting vinegar in it!! Otherwise you will have a volcano experiment for hair. . . not a nice thing!
Post # 45
I’m a major cheapass, but I have really fine hair that gets damaged easily, so I also use salon shampoo and conditioner. I’ve used a few different types of Redken, Biolage, and Bed Head. I used to work at JCPenney and basically bought whatever was on sale in the salon. You can get a set of huge bottles (shampoo and conditioner set) that will last you for months to a year (I wash my hair 3-4 times a week) for only $20-$30. That’s not necessarily so helpful for you to know, living in France, but I imagine you’d be able to find something similar there.
I followed my hairdresser from JCP to her own practice, and now I just buy whatever she has on hand, which seems to change as she finds new things. I also decided to start using MoroccanOil Treatment Oil and I really like it.
Post # 46
I’ve used Paul Mitchell, Biolage and Nexxus, but lately I’ve been loving L’Oreal’s Sulfate Free shampoos and conditioners (I use EverStrong because I like the mint/rosemary scent, but am going to try the EverCurl next). They also have an Advanced Haircare line that is probably good also.