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Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme

I’m a recovering shampoo addict. I knew I was washing my hair too often—my shampoo dependency was entirely to blame for the dry-to-oily Ferris wheel hair cycle I'd been on—but I didn’t have the luxury of 'drying out' for six months while my hair got its shit together, either. As dumb luck would have it, I stumbled into the hair equivalent of an e-cigarette entirely by accident.

I swiped Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme off the Gloffice product table because it smelled like mint and I was out of shampoo (an addict's constant state of emergency). During the first use, I aggressively massaged nearly half the bottle on my head trying to force a lather. It never did. Instead, the thick mix of aloe vera and essential oils quieted my scalp's urge to secrete unnecessary oil without that horrifying/gratifying feeling of stripping my strands. I checked the back of the bottle to see if I had accidentally started the hair-washing process with conditioner and saw that Purely Perfect calls itself the "un-shampoo" for its lack of detergents and foams (it's also biodegradable—yay, environment!). My hair was less poofy, better hydrated, and I had less flyaways; the texture was a little more "hot guy hair." I was hooked. It's certainly an adjustment, and it still feels unnatural to use, but now I can go longer and longer without using even "un-shampoo." Cleansing Creme is meant to emancipate your head of conditioner, too, but—blame it on my Dosha imbalance—it's not moisturizing enough for me. And one thing at a time, right?

—Mackenzie Wagoner

Photo by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • http://taliashulze.com/ Talia

    Put this on after if your ends feel dry! It works and smells like a visit to the Crystal Store: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/images/catalog/skus/l_dr-1028.png

  • knitsquirrel

    Everything but the mint scent, bleh.

  • Bianca

    ingredient list?

    • Mel Allgaier

      Hi Bianca,
      I got my order today. Here's the (quite longer than expected) ingredient list:
      purified water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, glycerin, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, stearyl alcohol, dicetyldimonium chloride, gluconolactone, rosa centifola flower water, penthenol, rosa canina seed extract, equisetum hiemale extract, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, helianthis annus (sunflower) seed oil, keratin, hydrolyzed keratin, menthyl lactate, ceteareth-20, isopropyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, trisidium hedta, calcium gluconate, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol
      fragrance: cananga odorata flower oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, rosa damascena flower oil, myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil, guaiacum officinale wood oil, pelargonium graveolens oil, citronellol, geraniol, linalool.

  • caroline

    been using this for a few months and it takes time to get used to but I now swear by it! it's nourishing and cleansing for the scalp-who doesn't love that!?

  • Cinamaron

    How fine is your hair? I have super fine hair and was using a cleansing cream for a while, but it destroyed all my volume. I'd really love to use a cleansing cream though, so I'm trying to figure out if it's my hair or the cream I was using that was causing me problems.

    • Violetvoo

      Most of the detergent-free cleansers have silicone, which builds up and weighs down hair so you have to wash with traditional shampoo every few weeks to get rid of the build up.This cleanser doesn't have any silicone, so they've eliminated that problem. It doesn't build up or weigh hair down and it's really good for your hair!!!!

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I need this stuff!

  • vvn

    Does anyone know a more affordable (drugstore) version of something like this? I've wanted to try but $40 a pop is too expensive for me.

    • Glitter Saves

      Supposedly you can use cheap, silicone-free conditioners (like Suave and Alberto V05) to wash with (called conditioner only washing or co-washing). It doesn't work well for me personally, but some of my curly-haired friends say it works well. My hair is just too straight and fine, and it seems to take all the volume away.

      If you have a Sally Beauty nearby, they have a dupe of Wen (another popular cleansing conditioner) as well as their own product that works similarly called Ion Extreme that goes for about $8. I haven't tried Wen or the knock-offs, but the Ion Extreme Cleansing Conditioner does seem to work a little better for me than just using conditioner to wash. I don't have as much volume as I do when using shampoo, but I do have fewer tangles and less frizz, so it's a fair trade-off.

      • vvn

        Thanks for the recommendation! My hair is straight and fine too so I think I will give Ion Extreme a try. I get flyaways galore if I shampoo everyday so I'm hoping to tame that while still being able to wash my hair everyday.

  • ITGMackenzie

    I get where you're coming from. But for me, dousing my face, body, and head in mint while simultaneously guzzling caffeine is one of my favorite ways to feel ALIVE in the morning.

  • Kelsi

    Newb question - does using dry shampoo in between washes count as training your hair? I guess it's absorbing vs stripping the oil, but is that essentially the same where oil production's concerned?

    • Mel Allgaier

      Same here. If I use Purely Perfect my hair gets oliy the next day and then I would like to use some dry shampoo but I'm not shure if this may be counterproductive...

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