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    Over the past year+ I have tried extended WO periods (up to 1 month, and that over a few months), then soapwart shampoos, first weekly then every third day...

    I haven't seen any positive results... and I am thinking of going back to regular old CWC.

    Has anyone else dropped out from regular use of an alternative wash method: CO, WO, herbal, etc?

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    I COed for a long time after I came to LHC. Then pregnancy changed my hair and I went back to S&C. I tried COing again and my hair just didn't like it.

    I have also tried washing with a homemade egg shampoo that I actually liked but it was not practical.
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    I've tried CO - sometimes it works and looks really good, sometimes hair goes all gunky and has to be put up for the day.

    Tried shampoo bars/soap based - stringy, waxy hair

    Best method for me is overnight oiling followed by S&C

    Nothing wrong with a bit of shampoo, imo. There was a thread a while back with lots of people who had tried CO and given up - some had scalp issues. Another case of YMMV, I guess...

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    I was doing CO for easily 2+ years and suddenly my scalp got mad at me. So I've been CWCing with a teensy bit of Nature's Gate something-or-other that I grabbed out of desparation from the store. Scalp's happy again.
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    I did CO for a bit, WO for a very short while, shampoo bars for a while...
    I'm currently back to SC, sometimes just the shampoo! But now I use a sulfate free shampoo. It's just faster.

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    Hi, I'm definitely in.

    I did WO for almost 9 months. Finally went back to CO because my ends always seemed to get dry so easily, and they usually ended up kinked, too. That and I wanted to not be afraid of chlorinated pools because I'd never get the chlorine out with WO. I miss the simplicity and freedom of WO, though, as well as the lack of frizz and incredibly low shed rate. I keep wondering if I should go back, modifying it to include occasional dilute conditioner.

    ETA: Oh, yeah... I used shampoo bars for a few months, too. Having to bring vinegar with me when I traveled just wasn't my thing. I never found them that moisturizing, either. Not even CV's Honey Butter bar.
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    Sometimes i get frustrated with herbal washing. Too much oil, or too little shikakai, or too little oil and too much herbs. Sometimes my hair is too dry from the herbs, then I'll compensate with oil and its too oily...etc...

    Then I use shampoo because I know what the effects will be and its easy and always gets out the oil.

    However, I've not gone back to conditioner. I think that will be a permanent ban. I prefer oil as long as I can get it out completely and not have stringy hair, which shampoo does if the herbs don't.

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    I'm like Delenn - I was sucessfully CO for over two years, until the conditioner that I was using started building up on my scalp. So now I'm back to shampooing twice a week, which makes for a much happier scalp!

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    I was WO for about 4 months?, I think. I liked the way it kept my frizz to a minmum, but my hair is so thin that I decided to go back to 'poo bars in order to gain much needed volume. So I traded frizz for volume. If my hair were thicker I think I would have stayed WO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Um Enis View Post

    Has anyone else dropped out from regular use of an alternative wash method: CO, WO, herbal, etc?
    Umm, all of them?

    Most of the alternative methods leave my hair looking darker. CO leaves it looking redder, as does baking soda washing, herbs can over clean, shampoo bars leave it looking duller, and I never made it through the transition with WO (either time). Oh, and the last time I did egg washing, there was a lingering egg aroma, and I lost interest in trying to figure out a solution.

    I'm back to my favorite liquid soap based shampoo, the one I keep returning to again and again. Like Leisa, I don't know if I'll return to conditioner, though. I haven't been able to find a natural one that I really like, and oil is working quite well for me. I might revisit some of the conditioners I have, just to make sure.

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