I've been on a shampoo and conditioner hunt since this happened. Pretty sure I've tried at least 100 combinations, including John Masters, Jasons, Aubrey, Avalon Organics, Briogeo, Ahnesti, Hugos, Nature's Gate, Wonder Seed, Alaffia, Shea Moisture, Shikai and more.
My hair seems to display symptoms of build up. A shampoo/conditioner will work for one shower, maybe a dozen, and then fall limp and dull. When I switch and move back, it'll work again. But for a shorter period. Doing some research indicates panthenol, the famous B5 vitamin for improving hair health, can cause build up. And there are very few conditioners without it. Also, waxes and certain emulsifiers are prone to build up. Until I can unearth a brand without these (and sulfates and harsh preservatives), I've found a good alternative.
Rahua gives me the highest ratio of good hair days. I still need to switch it up often. But they do the best at volume, frizz reduction, shine enhancement and wave contouring. Their formula isn't particularly revolutionary. Typical conditioner is made of water, oils, butters, humectants, emulsifiers and sometimes occlusives. And so is theirs. But perhaps it is the ratio that's key. Panthenol, notably, is at the bottom of the list.
The price isn't ideal, I won't lie. But you can often find it on sale at Dermstore, The Detox Market and Spirit Beauty Lounge. In the meantime, I'm playing around with DIY.
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Aqua, Herbal Infusion of Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract and Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis leaf Extract, Coco Betaine, Glycerin, Sea Salt, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ungurahua Oil (Oenocarpus Bataua), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Molasses Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Chlorophyll, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
Ingredients in Rahua Voluminous Conditioner:Aqua, Herbal Infusion of Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract and Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Colza Oil), Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride (plant derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ungurahua Oil (Oenocarpus Bataua), Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Mixed Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
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