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natural hair volumizer?

h'okay, so i went and got my hair cut today. she used the scary salon "quality" volumizing shampoo and conditioner on me before the cut. now, i've been diligently trying to replace the chemical-laden crap with stuff like Dr. B's but my hair always ends up flat and/or greasy.

and it just made my vanity rear its ugly head when i saw how light and fluffy and full and shiny my hair was after my hair being washed at the salon.

so, does anybody have any rec's as to what i could use that would either be a completely natural store bought volumizing shampoo that WORKS, or is there something i can do at home that would help instead?

i did no 'poo for a while, but the baking soda built up on my hair and it ended up getting kind of gross. i would like to go back to it but we've moved and the new shower doesn't always feel like it's getting my hair clean enough.

so any personal testimonials to store-bought stuff? or testimonials to homemade recipes i could use?



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Mar. 18th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Since you've already tried no 'poo this is probably not helpful, but I've always found the vinegar rinse to leave my hair with lots more volume. Maybe you could try you regular shampoo with the vinegar rinse?
Mar. 18th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
This isn't quite an answer to your question, but as a college student with limited time and limited funds, I tend to "live natural" in fairly convenient ways. I can't stand having gross hair so I stick to store-bought shampoo and focus more on parts of my body that are alive (skin, dental care). I really can't conceive of a no-shampoo system that would leave my hair looking even remotely good, nor do I think any easy home-made recipe could approximate what my shampoos/protein packs/conditioners do for my type of hair.

However: I used a Desert Essences shampoo––a clear jojoba shampoo––from Whole Foods that didn't seem totally devoid of "scary chemicals," but it didn't have any fake scents, coloring or emulsifiers/texturizers. It gave me good volume and seemed healthy and affordable enough to deal with. It wasn't irritating and it didn't seem fake in any way.
Mar. 18th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Simple. Put your hair in velcro rollers when it's damp and let it dry. Roll the rollers right up to the scalp and use a bobby pin to hold it in place. Use rollers that are at least an inch in diameter. Because they hold the roots of your hair upright, your hair will dry with more volume. The rollers usually leave little curly-cues on the ends of your hair, so you can use a straightening iron (if you have one) to straighten out the ends, if you want.
Use whatever styling product you have that works for you. I've read that you can use aloe vera gel as gel in your hair to hold it, but I've never tried it myself, so I don't know if it works.
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
AloeVera Gel
As for AloeVera Gel. I rarely use that. but I was getting acid face peels done at the derm and aloe was good for after that. I think it helps damaged skin, like sun burn, dryness, etc. I dont really use it tho, just rarely, so I dont really know for certain. Benefits: AloeVera Gel is nature's miraculous gift for complete everyday skincare (as well as for hair) and can be used by both men and women of all ages. Below are the most important benefits. * Moisturizes, cleans, smoothens, and softens the skin. * Prevents wrinkles and keeps the skin fresh, young and gives it a healthy glow. * Protects from the after effects of sunrays, dust, smoke, exhaust fumes etc. * Provides relief from burns and skin inflammation. * Reduces swelling, pain and treats bruises * Stimulates dermal cells and rejuvenates skin
Mar. 18th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
I started using Aubrey Organics shampoo and conditioner. I really like it. I actually bought it because the stylist that bleached and dyed my hair told me not to use something that has too many sulfates in it. So I bought the Aubrey shampoo and conditioner, (they don't have any.)In the past I used high end shampoo and conditioner from a salon, but I like this brand just as much. (and obviously it's better for you.) I'm sure they have a type that's for volume. I got it at the co-op, I'm sure they have it at stores like Whole Foods.
Here's their website
Mar. 18th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
i second the Aubrey suggestion. i am using the chamomile shampoo with the balancing conditioner. my hair is really fluffy and nice. as a 'leav-in' conditioner' i spray some aloe vera gel while its still wet and this results in very soft curls, as my hair has a natural culr-wave to it. i feel like the aloe vera is crucial bc without it, my hair gets a bit frizzy and the curls don't have any definition. i get my Aubrey products from drugstore.com and the aloe from mountainroseherbs.com... oh and for smell, i've used pure jasmine oil once and also amber resin another time in the aloe and i loved it
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Aubrey is great!!
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
How do you 'spray' aloe gel? Won't it get stuck in the tube?

Mar. 19th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
no. i buy pure aloe gel (juice) from mountainroseherbs.com. its the kind you can drink if you so choose. not the after-sun care full of thickeners stabilizers etc.
Mar. 18th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
i use aveda shampoo and conditioner. i use the for color kind and its the most awesome thing i've ever done for my hair. it balances out my hair, so i only wash it 1-2 times a week.
im sure they have a volumizing product line. they are all natural and not tested on animals, nor do they contain animal by products.
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
My mum uses the aveda volumising shampoo and conditioner and is pretty much prepared to build an altar to it and worship it as a god...
Mar. 18th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
I bit different, and I'm sure it doesn't work for everybody, but I've found that not washing my hair every day has done wonders for my hair. I wash it every other right now, but I found my hair quickly adjusted when I had to shower only every three days for a week. :) As long as you don't use a lot of styling products or smell after a day, you should be fine. :P
Mar. 18th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I am the same, I only wash mine now every other day (unless I end up around smokers) and it's adjusted. I still use shampoo I have here(don't want to waste $$) but newest shampoo is one from Trader Joes with mostly organic/natural ingredients and it seems to be better. I have been doing a chamomile tea/ACV rinse instead of conditioner most days and it also has made a big difference(to the better).
Mar. 18th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I tried many organic or mostly organic hair care products before settling on Aveda shampoo and conditioner. Right now I am using their "Shampure" but when that is gone, I will go back to their "Brilliant" products.
Mar. 18th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Aubrey Organis is good. I also have gotten good volume from Dessert Essece's Apple Ginger Voluminizing and thickening shampoo with their UV or Shine condtioners.
Mar. 18th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I use the Burt's Bees volumizing shampoo and it works rather well. It makes it look like my hair is normal and not thinning, so that's a sign of success.
Mar. 18th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
you have to be willing to spend the money. go to a salon and buy Pureology Volumizing (it's the pink bottles) there's shampoo, conditioner and a volumizer for blow drying. i SWEAR by their products. i have a good hair day every day that i use this. seriously, Pureology is worth EVERY CENT
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
For volumizing, you need something that's got some foaming power and you're going to need a chemical...whatever the highest foaming ionic surfactant is you feel comfortable with. If you're going sulfate-free, that's probably cocamidopropyl betaine. I haven't personally tried these (my hair needs to be de-volumized if anything :) but Kiss My Face's volumizing shampoo or Nature's Gate volumizing shampoo have good reviews.
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