I grew up in the Augusta area, living in Waynesboro for as long as I can remember. I went to college in Indianapolis, interned at the Chronicle over summer and Christmas breaks, and landed a job as sports clerk the summer after I graduated. Eventually, the sports job turned into writing for the business section and now I report on local business happenings as well as writing for the Shopgirl column/blog.
Posted March 5, 2012 04:47 pm - Updated March 5, 2012 04:54 pm

I've Tried This and It's Awesome: Salon Grafix Conditioning Cleanser

Salon Grafix Cleansing Conditioner
Salon Grafix Cleansing Conditioner, sold at chain stores and drugstores

I haven't shampooed my hair for two months. 

The "no-poo" craze is all over Pinterest and the blogosphere, with people keeping baking soda and apple cider vinegar in their bathrooms instead of Garnier Fructis or Philip Kingsley in hopes of making their hair healthier. I would have to be sprouting a third ear to be willing to wrangle with baking soda and apple cider vinegar in the shower, so that option was out for me.

I'm no scientist so I don't have any evidence that this information is based in truth, but the complaints people wield against shampoo are as follows:

  1. Shampoo is a detergent, and as such strips your hair of its natural oils. This wrecks the balance your hair needs to look its best, causing you to have to mitigate with even more products.
  2. Most shampoos have wild amounts of mineral oil, something that can congeal (I know it's gross!) and clog drains and pipes. "Biodegradable" would not be one of mineral oil's senior superlatives.
  3. Sulfate is the thing in shampoo that causes the bubbles...and golly, people say it's awful. The Materials Safety Data Sheet, the official warning label for any kind of substance, says to avoid body contact with sodium laurel sulfate - a substance you'll find on just about any cosmetics label. 

I tend to have a pretty fatalistic attitude towards things like cell phone radiation and the like. If it's killing me, it probably has already done its harm. Because of this mindset, I wasn't about to make any sacrifices to go shampoo-free but Salon Grafix sent me a lovely sample of their cleansing conditioner and I had to at least give it a chance.

Wow, it's awesome. I have naturally curly hair, and as such have lived my entire life swearing by one product or another. This conditioning cleanser has gotten my hair to a homeostasis where I don't use anything else. No leave-in conditioner, no frizz-ease, not a thing. It feels super soft and has great curl formation.

My absolute favorite part of this product is that you can get it just about anywhere for less than $10. Walgreens, WalMart, anywhere you run your errands. 

Give it a try! Let me know how you like it.

*Again, full disclosure: Salon Grafix sent me this product for free. They are not paying me to review their product.