To preface, I have done EXTENSIVE damage to my hair - coloring, perming, ironing, curling, bleaching, and sometimes I would do 2 of these processes within a couple months of each other (recommended is to wait at LEAST 3 months to do a 2nd process). So naturally, my hair became UBER damaged, and unmanageable. I had to put lots of conditioning products and slather on lots of conditioner, just to make it manageable. But then, because my hair was so damaged, it would retain lots of water after a shower and take forever to dry. So I would go to bed with damp hair, and I would wake up to this incredibly NASTY and NAPPY dry hair. Then just to look decent to step outside, I would have to iron it. I mean, my hair was so bad that if I tried to run my fingers through my hair, it would get caught midway down in massive tangles. All my ends were split, and I could sit for hours breaking off pieces (DON'T EVER DO THIS).
Then a month or two ago, I saw an infomercial for this shampoo-less system.. I can't remember the name. And I was intrigued. They said because of harsh shampoo, we end up having to use conditioner, leave-in serums, and then volumizer. Sounds pretty silly huh? (But the shampoo companies don't want you to think that!) Like I usually do with new products, I do a lot of googling and search for reviews online. While this product seemed to work, it was ridiculous that you had to use 15-16 pumps of it each time you showered, and it was like $30 a bottle!! Uhm - NO thanks!
In my web searching, I came across something called CO washing - which is washing your hair with conditioner only. Apparently, conditioners also contain some cleansing agents, so it's ok to skip the shampoo. Well, I decided to give it a try, and that lasted about 4 days. I inherited a REALLY oily scalp from my mom. If I skip a day of shampoo, the oil will get on my back (sorry so gross) and it's just really icky and uncomfortable.
SOOO, back to the drawing board. Did more google searching, and Hallelujah! I came across a blog called Killer Strands (
When you read her blog, you get the sense that this woman knows her stuff. She's not just regurgitating facts she read somewhere, she has done ALL the hands on research! Her recommendations for SLS free products were too expensive for me, and other readers must've complained, because she started looking into drugstore SLS free stuff, and Organix won her approval. In defense of the cost, she does say that you use less product, and it's just the cost of using good quality products (we spend $100 for a small jar of face cream - why not be just as good to your hair?).
I looked up Organix reviews on makeupalley, and they were ok.. about the same as Pantene or anyone else. But, what did I have to lose? So I bought it in Tea Tree Mint (hydrating) and Coconut Milk (nourishing, and OMG it smells SOOOO FRIGGING GOOD!!!), for $7/bottle. Before using, it's a good idea to read some of KillerStrands other posts, like the proper way to shampoo your hair and stuff. For example - don't gather all your hair on top of your head and lather away. For people like me with damaged hair, it'll just cause a huge mess of tangles. Instead, keep your hair down the entire time, and kinda run your fingers through your scalp, massaging and working the shampoo into your scalp.
So, why do all these companies use sulfates? It's cheap cheap cheap! And through massive marketing, they've got us all believing that thick foamy lather = clean (think of Herbal Essence commercials), and that bubbly lather you get is from the sulfates! Hmmm makes one wonder doesn't it? And besides, if they can get you to use their damaging shampoo, then they can also sell you their conditioner, and leave-in conditioner, and serum, and hair masks, and deep conditioner, etc. etc., all to repair the damage the shampoo has done. Vicious cycle.
So what's my hair like now after using Organix? It's soft as silk! I can't stop touching it, and running my hands through it. No more tangles, only 1-2 split ends (which is bound to happen with length anyways), and the weird kinky waves I used to get are gone! So I no longer need my flat iron (which I paid like $250 for! grrr) No serums, sprays, volumizer (I get great volume at my roots now), nothing! I don't need to do a hot oil treatment, or any kind of treatment.
I know that Pantene and Herbal Essense and Tsubaki (YES it does contain SLS) work perfectly fine for a lot of people. But this is just my experience of what worked on my extremely damaged beyond repair hair.
Some tips that you may or may not know:
*saturate hair with water for at least 2 minutes before shampooing
*turn your head upside down while shampooing + rinsing if possible... the bloodflow to your scalp will do wonders
*DON'T go to sleep with wet hair
*only shampoo at the roots - when you rinse the residual will run down the length
*rinse, rinse, and then when you think it's all rinsed out - rinse some more! Don't leave ANY product in your hair!
*finish with a cold water rinse for as long as you can stand
Many products contain SLS - check the labels of your eye makeup remover, soap, and toothpaste. Once you start learning about SLS, you'll be horrified that you ever let it get near your precious face.
forgot to add this tidbit earlier -
In the cleaning industry SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces. THAT is why it leaves your head feeling squeaky clean, LOL.