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Non-clogging shampoo

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Bags Thu 07-Mar-13 09:21:02

I need recommendations for a non-clogging shampoo, please. I have very fine hair. Everything I try seems to leave a deposit which dulls my hair. This is something new; I used to have shiny hair.

MiceElf Thu 07-Mar-13 09:32:06

T gel. Works a treat.

Butty Thu 07-Mar-13 09:33:14

Good old vinegar rinse?

Lilygran Thu 07-Mar-13 09:42:59

We've been using baby shampoo for some years now for the same reason. It doesn't seem to matter which brand.

kittylester Thu 07-Mar-13 09:45:12

I use any old shampoo, as it seems to be good to change every now and again, but I use conditioner twice a week which seems to last even through a couple of shampoos. smile

Bags Thu 07-Mar-13 10:16:38

Thanks all. I've tried the "any old" route. All shampoos seem to leave a residue nowadays. My hair feels soft and silky, but I'm not sure it looks it! I think I'll go with the simple vinegar rinse for now and see how that works. I'm sure there's some old vinegar lurking somewhere....

MiceElf Thu 07-Mar-13 11:00:27

The only problem with vinegar is the residual smell. Lemon is better, T gel works the same way. The best was an old fashioned coal tar, but I think it's banned now.

Bags Thu 07-Mar-13 11:18:37

I keep sniffing my hair, and I think it doesn't smell of vinegar. It was quite posh white wine vinegar I used wink (an old bottle).

I though Tgel was for dandruff...?

Bags Thu 07-Mar-13 11:20:15

Just googled coal tar shampoo and you can still get it. Also so for dandruff and related problems though, which I don't have.

MiceElf Thu 07-Mar-13 11:27:22

Some T gel is for scalp problems, but there are three sorts. But the overall effect is remove build up.

You are obviously much more efficient than I am at rinsing! So well done. I remember a sniffy comment after I tried the vinegar.

I never thought to google coal tar. I love the smell, it reminds me of road menders when I was a child. The grannies then used to take children with a chesty cough to sniff it in as it was supposed to help.

Bags Thu 07-Mar-13 11:33:59

It was effectively a cup of vinegar in a basin of water. Hair not quite dry yet but will report back on whether this experiment worked.

I will check out that Tgel stuff. I like the smell of coal tar soap too. DH1 liked it but I found it a bit too astringent for me. I just use Simple soap now or olive oil soap. Just wondering if I could use ordinary soap as shampoo now followed by a vinegar rinse?? I'm definitely a minimalist when it comes to 'personal hygiene and beauty' lotions and potions – just whatever gets me clean without shredding my dry skin.

harrigran Thu 07-Mar-13 11:53:38

I think you probably could use soap Bags if you use ones without harsh additives. I use vegetable or olive oil soaps and they are very gentle on the skin.
I had an aunt who used nothing but soap on her hair and rinsed with vinegar for shine, she had a lovely head of hair.

MiceElf Thu 07-Mar-13 12:01:47

Don't use soap! That really does leave a build up. Simple is lovely. No unnecessaries added. But only for skin, not for hair.

BTW I remember a friend in sixth form who was very scornful of what she called 'products'. She used to wash her hair in Tide. I have to say it wasn't the wisest choice.

MiceElf Thu 07-Mar-13 12:03:21

Perhaps it all in really, really, really efficient rinsing.

Maybe a controlled experiment could be set up by the GN resident scientist?

Bez Thu 07-Mar-13 13:03:10

The problem I have found with T gel is that it colours my hair which is now almost white - yellow tinge is not a good colour. Some time ago when I spoke to hairdresser about build up of products he suggested putting the shampoo on dry hair and working in before adding any water.
A couple of weeks ago when I last went for a haircut I mentioned the problem of shampoos leaving a tinge in my white hair and they showed me a shampoo for silver locks - so I got a bottle and do a first wash with normal shampoo and then use this one which is deep purple in colour as the second wash. Does not have nearly as much lather as the normal shampoo but he did tell me to expect that as it was a professional shampoo.
We always had a vinegar rinse when we were children - will be interested to hear how you get on Bags.

Grannyeggs Thu 07-Mar-13 13:34:51

I find giving it a cold rinse helps.

Bags Thu 07-Mar-13 13:51:53

Have put this thread on my "watching" list and will report back in due course smile

glammanana Thu 07-Mar-13 14:02:23

Paneten Ice shine shampoo and conditioner,nice and light and can be bought at most drug stores (Savers/superdrug)on offer always worked well on my hair which is now very long.You don't need to apply twice either as stated by most shampoo's this just makes the build up more advice given to me years ago by a hairdresser and just use conditioner from half way down the hair shaft.If I am off out anywhere special I use Charles Worthington high glossing spray which does as it says and gives a fabulous gloss to your hair.

positivepam Thu 07-Mar-13 22:27:06

Have you ever tried Lush shampoo bars? They have many different types and are made from natural ingredients and are very gentle on the hair as are their conditioners. My DDs use them on my DGC as well. They are also good value and easy to keep in tins that you get free if you buy two or quite cheap if you just want to buy one. Smell gorgeous too as will your hair. I would recommend anyone to try them. I think "Ultimate Shine" is pretty good and one used on children as well. "Karma Komba" is also good, but there are many others and if you google "Lush" online, you can check them all out, or try them at their shops. smile

annodomini Thu 07-Mar-13 23:09:50

Agree about Lush - very good for travelling as you don't risk shampoo spilling all over your suitcase. There is a version especially made for hard water which is useful when I visit family. You can smell their shops from across the road which happened, much to my surprise, in San Fran.

Bags Fri 08-Mar-13 01:10:04

Thanks for the suggestion (and what a good idea having unspillable shampoo!), but I have to avoid perfumes as I seem to be allergic to them, natural or not.