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  • Thank you! The formula that I'm referring to has fatty alcohols, silicones, polyquaternium ammonium compounds, and other emollients so it definitely mitigates how harsh it may be. It's at the end of the ingredient list as well.
  • I tried it and it did stick to my hair after rinsing. It left my hair weighed down for sure and it took along time to dry. It definitely was difficult to remove it the next time I washed. My hair felt tangled and had a "drag" to it when I went to de…
  • What would I do without you Randy?
  • Thank you! I'd probably go for the Thermashape option. What do you think about this Pantene heat protection spray? Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Quaternium 80, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor …
  • I'm sensitive to strong fragrances. I tend to use fragrance free, unscented, or barely detectable body care products, especially since I don't want them to complete with my perfume. For body wash I use Olay Age Defy. I can barely smell it. It's the …
  • Randy, does extra virgin vs. refined make any difference?
  • Thanks, Patrick!
  • Lol! Thanks Randy!! So a creamy shampoo with silicone won't dull hair or affect hair color, even when compared to a clear shampoo without silicone? I definitely don't agree with the hair loss claim. And Patrick, I agree, conditioners contain these i…
  • Humectants* not miscreants
  • I think I'll just stick to my serums. The DryBar product has more ingredients compared to my regular rinse out conditioner!
  • ...those are 2 links one for Amika Dry Conditioner, the other is Dry Bar Dry Conditioner
  • Thank you... http://m.sephora.com/product/P404912?icid2=skugrid http://m.sephora.com/product/P406254
  • I love these too! Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks are great too. They're really easy to use. I like them for "smokey" eye looks since you can concentrate color in certain areas but it still blends outwards beautifully. It's like a liner, eyeshadow,…
  • I think I know what you mean. I remember using a specific hair mask that didn't contain any kind of polyquaternium compounds but it was really slippery and it was easy to detangle in shower. Once dry, my hair was unmanageable and really tangled, so …
  • Randy, do chemical exfoliants like lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid scrape off the outer layer of hair, causing damage? I see these ingredients in shampoos and conditioners.
  • Trimming the ends of hair gets rid of the splits though. My stylist trims just the very ends and she calls it a "dusting." Maybe your ends are just really dry?
  • Update: It seems that my leave in might be causing this. I use serums, but I notice that serums with oil tend to make my ends curl up.
  • Thank you! I use an ACE Detangling Comb and a Sonia Kashuk from Target Mixed Bristle brush. Do you think the SK brush, which is boar and nylon bristles, is OK?
  • I always have wondered the same! I use hairspray on a spoolie brush to tame "baby hairs" or "flyaways" whenever I wear my hair up. It makes a film that definitely causes a stiff, draggy feeling and an audible crunch. By the way, Patrick, I grabbed…
  • Yes, I see what you're saying. I just worry that when the thinned hair grows back, it almost turns into an interior "layer." I generally stay away from layers since I have plenty of volume. It's strange, the back of my hair is almost stick straight …
  • I agree, thinning shears and razors add a nice texture to the hair. I only have it on the ends. She cuts into the ends vertically with the thinning shears, just to break up the blunt line, since my hair is mostly one length. I can't deal with any ki…
  • I'll definitely try combing and hairspray after, thank you! Do you have any recommendations for a spray? I'm trying to find one with lightweight hold, adds shine, and that isn't crunchy. I generally dislike the feeling of products in my hair which …
  • Yes, I have single process highlights
  • Hi Randy! So I think you're referring to a question where I talked about how my hair seems more manageable when using the clear shampoo with guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, as opposed to creamy shampoos with silicone alone. You then recommend…
  • Thanks I appreciate it, if it doesn't do much I won't bother, especially since I highlight already. Sometimes I think it makes my hair feel softer, but it could be in my head.
  • Thank you! So I looked up the parent company of the brand who makes this product, and turns out they are "sister" companies with a much more affordable drugstore brand. Sure enough I found a near exact match in terms of ingredients from the affordab…
  • Look for something without silicones/polyquats. The shampoo usually will say clarifying, chelating, deep cleansing, adds volume, or adds body. Pantene Damage Detox, Pantene Sheer Volume, Suave Clarifying, Suave Naked Volume, Neutrogena Anti Resi…
  • For conditioning, I use coconut oil as a pre shampoo treatment overnight. I shampoo and condition in the morning as usual. There are so many articles on the Beauty Brains about coconut oil and they are very informative. You could use coconut oil on …
  • Thank you both so much! Great resources. I was coming up empty on Google. These narrow the field greatly. 
  • Thank you all for your responses! I agree, a healthy diet and exercise is definitely the way to go. I suppose it could help with being "fascia bound" but I just can't see myself paying that much for it. I suppose it's a one time investment though. I…
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