Why do I find this shampoo drying? "not your mothers- way to grow"

Hello I bought this shampoo- "Not Your Mothers Way to Grow Shampoo" thinking the ingredients sounded good but I find it's drying to my hair... it also makes my hair feel a bit stiff. My hair easily bunches when I'm massaging it into my scalp. I condition after but I'm afraid it's damaging my hair and increasing breakage. 

Here are the ingredients- can you please explain what I'm finding to be drying? I can't figure out why- all of the ingredients seem good to me:

Water, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, sodium methyl oleoyl taurate, acrylates copolymer, fragrance, sodium cocoyl isethionate, polyquaternium-7, polygonium multiflorum extract, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) seed extract, retinyl palmitate, tocopherol, inositol, calcium pantothenate, linoleic acid, biotin, apigenin, oleanolic acid, biotinoyl tripeptide-1, alcohol, PEG-35 castor oil, polysorbate 20, butylene glycol, PPG-26-buteth-26, PEG-40 hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-4, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone



  • I agree, this looks like a non-drying formula. I say that because of the lack of sulfates and the use of the isethionate/taurate combination which is very mild to skin and hair. 

    My guess is that what you're feeling is not really dryness but lack of conditioning. The only thing in the formula that will provide some slip and smoothness is the polyquaternium-7 and that may not be enough for you. 

    BTW, thanks for mentioning this brand, I'd never heard of it before. 
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