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When I went to get my hair cut today my beautician(sp) asked me what I had been doing with my hair. It was extremely dry and brittle. She had cut my hair 6 weeks ago and had said then it was a little dry but this time it was "icky". I told her that I had learned that some shampoos and conditioners contained wheat but I wasn't using any of them. She suggested a moisturizer instead of a conditioner. Any suggestions????

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When I went to get my hair cut today my beautician(sp) asked me what I had been doing with my hair. It was extremely dry and brittle. She had cut my hair 6 weeks ago and had said then it was a little dry but this time it was "icky". I told her that I had learned that some shampoos and conditioners contained wheat but I wasn't using any of them. She suggested a moisturizer instead of a conditioner. Any suggestions????

my hair is also dry and i use a hair mask that is good.

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I have been gluten free for 17 years, and have never worried about anything that I don't put around my mouth. So, lipstick and foundation I check, and any cream I put on my hands. However, if you don't have DH, why would you worry about your shampoo? I can understand if you are using it on a child, as they do tend to get some in their mouth, but I can't remember any time as an adult of ever doing so.

Just my thoughts on it.

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I'd actually suggest something like fish oil supplements rather than a topical treatment.

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I have been gluten free for 17 years, and have never worried about anything that I don't put around my mouth. So, lipstick and foundation I check, and any cream I put on my hands. However, if you don't have DH, why would you worry about your shampoo? I can understand if you are using it on a child, as they do tend to get some in their mouth, but I can't remember any time as an adult of ever doing so.

Just my thoughts on it.

:) I was thinking of this argument (which I've read before on this board) yesterday when I was in the shower and my husband (uh, we shower together, sorry if TMI) bumped me and a whole bunch of shampoo suds from my head went into my mouth. It gets into my eyes sometimes, too. And no, we're not rowdy shower-takers, either!

I don't have DH but I just don't want that stuff anywhere near me, I don't want to buy it and encourage companies to keep using gluten grains in their products in any form! :) It's not just safety for me, it's also a boycott.

Stephanie

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She suggested a moisturizer instead of a conditioner. Any suggestions????

Do you have curly hair by any chance? I just discovered that if I only shampoo once or twice a week and "wash" my hair with conditioner it's much less dry and frizzy. I saw this tip in a book written for girls with curly hair.

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I think I read, somewhere on this board, somebody recommending coconut oil as a moisturizer for skin & hair. Wish I'd thought of this when I was at the Indian grocery just now!

Leah

I can't use it because I'm very intolerant to coconut, but the last time I was at my local health food store, I saw Spectrum Coconut Oil for topical use. It came in a small tub.

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I've also heard about the coconut oil. I haven't tried it yet but will at some point.

I literally buy coconut oil by the gallon. We use it to pop popcorn, use it in some rice dishes and I use it on my face and hair sometimes. The weird thing about it is that after about a week it starts making your skin feel dry. So I use it for a few days, then take a couple of days off then use it for a few more and so on.

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I think I read, somewhere on this board, somebody recommending coconut oil as a moisturizer for skin & hair. Wish I'd thought of this when I was at the Indian grocery just now!

Leah

That was me! I use it like pomade. I have long hair and I bleach it, so it's a bit dry. I try to only wash it twice per week, and if I use pomade or other styling products it seems so dirty and hard to style. I use Alterna Caviar shampoo and conditioner, which is gluten-free, but the hair spray is not. It's also very moisturizing, but expensive. Since I don't wash my hair daily, and I don't have to with this wonderful shampoo, I don't go through it too fast. Then I use coconut oil to take out the frizz, and a bit of hairspray.

I literally buy coconut oil by the gallon. We use it to pop popcorn, use it in some rice dishes and I use it on my face and hair sometimes. The weird thing about it is that after about a week it starts making your skin feel dry. So I use it for a few days, then take a couple of days off then use it for a few more and so on.

Wow, I've always had dry skin and love to use coconut oil on it. I've never had this problem; I wonder why it's doing that for you. I, too, use it all the time on everything.

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Wow, I've always had dry skin and love to use coconut oil on it. I've never had this problem; I wonder why it's doing that for you. I, too, use it all the time on everything.

I love the coconut oil, but it does seem to dry my skin out, hair too, if I use it every day. I've seen on another board that others have had the same experience. I have weird skin though - I have psoriasis and excema (gluten-free doesn't seem to help much) and I can't always predict what it will like and not like.

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That was me! I use it like pomade. I have long hair and I bleach it, so it's a bit dry. I try to only wash it twice per week, and if I use pomade or other styling products it seems so dirty and hard to style. I use Alterna Caviar shampoo and conditioner, which is gluten-free, but the hair spray is not. It's also very moisturizing, but expensive. Since I don't wash my hair daily, and I don't have to with this wonderful shampoo, I don't go through it too fast. Then I use coconut oil to take out the frizz, and a bit of hairspray.

Wow, I've always had dry skin and love to use coconut oil on it. I've never had this problem; I wonder why it's doing that for you. I, too, use it all the time on everything.

It's all coming back to me now!

I wonder if the folks who get dry skin from it are mildly allergic? I've yet to try it but keep meaning to get some-- have been meaning to for quite a while now-- I blame brain fog!

Leah

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I wonder if the folks who get dry skin from it are mildly allergic?

Oh no, please don't even think that. I'm allergic to enough already. NOT my beloved coconut too!

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I have been gluten free for 17 years, and have never worried about anything that I don't put around my mouth. So, lipstick and foundation I check, and any cream I put on my hands. However, if you don't have DH, why would you worry about your shampoo? I can understand if you are using it on a child, as they do tend to get some in their mouth, but I can't remember any time as an adult of ever doing so.

Just my thoughts on it.

i don't know about you guys, but as soon as i started paying attention to gluten in shampoos, i noticed that i often get shampoo in my mouth when i rinse it out. even with keeping my mouth closed and my head back (so it doesn't run down the front of my face), i can taste small amounts afterwards. but maybe i'm just an incompetent shampoo-er.

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I read on a soap-making site that coconut oil in soap can be drying to the skin. It is also comedogenic - which means that if you tend to get blackheads, you will get more if you use it on your face.

I have long, silky hair. I put jojoba in it to keep it moist, and in the winter I melt together jojoba and cocoa butter, which completely banishes statice, even in the driest weather.

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To keep on topic - I have started using honey in my hair for a conditioning rinse and it's great. My hair is shiny and has a slight curl/wave now. It also feels thicker. I have tried coconut oil to no luck there - too heavy for my hair. But it was nice when I had a perm.

And to getting soap in your mouth - two days ago I was pumping some hand soap into my hands by the kitchen sink and that hardened bit that sometimes blocks the spout made the soap shoot straight out - into my OPEN MOUTH! I was laughing because it was Castille soap - peppermint flavor - so gluten-free and very minty! But once again, as a semi-competent adult, I have gotten soap in my mouth. I'm glad I don't have to worry about it having gluten...

Stephanie

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