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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by lee_44106
Shampoo is suppose to clean, so can you explain how the "high end shampoos" clean without using detergents?

I also use the cheap and big-bottled Suave daily cleanser. I get it something like a 24oz bottle for $1.29 at Walmart.

I guess detergent is pretty broad then. I was avoiding having to look up ammonium lauryl sulfate/ammonium Laureth Sulfate because I was lazy. A lot of drug store brands are loaded with them to the point of being pretty harsh. "high end shampoos"(now with quotation marks) generally have a lot less or non at all. It was a bad generalization to say they dont have detergents.

There is a lot more to shampoo than cleaning. If that all you are concerned about you might as well use diluted dish soap.
post #17 of 23
Sounds crazy, but I liked this Arm and Hammer "Oats and Baking Soda" canine shampoo I bought for my dog.

I find it next to impossible to wash my (fairly short) hair with a shampoo that doesn't lather.
post #18 of 23
ren shampoo contains no chemical sulfates for detergent; there may be other brands out there as well but it's the only one that i know of (www.renskincare.com)
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by swiego
Honestly, I think it depends on the type of hair?

Mine is very thick, grows quick and family history is that it doesn't disappear. I tend toward every "aggressive" shampoos--I want my hair to be squeaky clean. I strongly dislike shampoos that try to "moisturize" or "hydrate" my hair - all they do is leave my hair feeling oily and heavy. Others might have exactly the opposite opinion.

Another factor, I think, is the type of water you have. Depending on whether you have hard or soft water, different shampoos might behave differently.

I am too lazy to read this thread to the end, so may be someone already answered this question.

Just in case it has not been mentioned: Every Shampoo is 99% water. So to buy designer/spa shampoo is a waste of money.
What makes a good shampoo? The PH. The closer it is to neutral the better it is for your hair and scalp. Buy Baby shampoo from CVS. Products for kids are the safest and the most tested/regulated, so your precious locks would be safe.

Conditioners are all different and serve different purpose, so experimentation is required.
Do spend money on conditioner.
post #20 of 23
Actually it's best that your products are slightly acidic since thats what makes your hair softer, stronger, and more shiny.

The only reason why baby shampoos are neutral or close to it is so it wont sting their eyes.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by dkzzzz
What makes a good shampoo? The PH. The closer it is to neutral the better it is for your hair and scalp. Buy Baby shampoo from CVS. Products for kids are the safest and the most tested/regulated, so your precious locks would be safe.

Any good shampoo should be more acidic than neutral or alkaline. A more acidic shampoo will close the cuticle thus sealing in moisture and maintaining shine.

A product that is neutral or alkaline will either not clean hair very well and/or make it look dull and feel rough. This is one way to test a product. Take a Ph strip and put it in Prell and then put it in Aveda. You'll notice a difference in the Ph of the products.

Shampoo is used to remove dirt and product build up which is not found in baby's hair. You can use a baby shampoo on your hair but it probably won't clean your (or any adults) hair very well because it is not strong enough to remove dirt or buildup.

Finally, one doesn't want a shampoo to work TOO well because it will strip all of the oils from the hair. That would leave the hair dry and dull looking. Unless one uses a clarifier (which DOES strip everything from the hair). If one clarifies the hair, then a conditioner should be used afterwards.
post #22 of 23
http://ahavaus.com/site/men_shampoo.html

Hands down the best stuff I have ever used. I stock up on this stuff when I'm in Israel. The shampoo and the shower gel are absolutely amazing.
post #23 of 23
From everything I've read, all those fancy additives like ginseng and gingko won't do a thing for your hair. You could spend $50 or even more on a bottle of shampoo, but that doesn't mean it's any better than a cheap bottle of Pantene Pro-V.
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