OT: Have to share beauty tip!

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Registered: 05-14-1999
OT: Have to share beauty tip!
Sun, 02-17-2013 - 11:33am

Have you guys seen the Wen hair care infomercials?  He is always talking about how "the lather is bad for your hair".  I started dying my hair a couple of years ago and it was getting progressively less healthy with each passing dye job.  I started Googling around the last time that I dyed it, back in November and found several links encouraging one to wash hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo which, strips hair of essential oils.  I was at a get-together last night and someone was sporting a new hair color.  We got onto the topic of making the color last longer and I was shocked to learn that another person was also washing her hair with conditioner.  Everyone else in the room was looking at us like we were crazy but I swear, my hair is the healthiest it's been since I  started dying it.  I even use the cheap-o Sauve conditioners.  Anyway, I had copied this link to send to some girlfriends so I thought I'd share it with you all as well:


* Sometimes I do have to wash it with the conditioner twice and I rinse thoroughly.  The extra step isn't an issue because I would have to do the same if I were using shampoo + conditioner.  The other girl from last night, who also washes hers with conditioner, said she does feel the need to use shampoo once a week but I haven't used it once in four months.  It never looks or feels dirty.

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Registered: 06-06-2003
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 6:34am

I tried this and it does work.  I feel like I need shampoo though, so I applied the conditioner first, then shampood and reconditioned again.  I really made a difference.

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 8:30pm
I don't color my hair, so I don't really worry about it fading. It is extremely oily, though. I don't know if I could go without washing the oil out!
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Registered: 05-10-2005
Sun, 02-17-2013 - 11:45am

Interesting!  I might try that-

I have definitely noticed that my hair color fades quite a bit with washing, so I've been trying to cut back to 5 wash/blow drys a week.  In the winter, that's generally manageable.

Thanks for the tip!