Well, a little resolution goes a long way. I’ve managed to co-wash about every two to three days, plus twice-daily oiling my temples with Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). Great! My hair feels really good. I only need to get back to my weekly deep conditioning and ayurvedic treatment. And I need to go see Dickey for a haircut.

Recently, I was traveling and ran out of conditioner (or, perhaps, I forgot it). I bought a bottle of BioInfusion Professional Hydrating Balm, in a tube, and fell in love with it. It actually reminded me—scent and all—of Biolage’s Hydrating Balm (which comes in a tub instead of a tube). This conditioner works for me as a leave-in, because it moisturizes my hair well, and it doesn’t flake like most other conditioners do. The only problem with BioInfusion are the ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Iso Decyl Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl Cinnamal, Polysorbate-20, Geraniol, Algae, Algae Extract, Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Golden Seal Extract (Hydrastis Canadensis).

Now, I haven’t researched all the ingredients in this, but I definitely don’t want to use parabens. I’m looking for a similar conditioner without yucky parabens, and without any petroleum/mineral oil-based ingredients, proteins, or silicone. This is going to be a challenge. I figured that, while the ingredients are completely different, I’d try Giovanni Smooth As Silk* and see how that works for me.

Wow, I’m really pleased with my progress! I just hope I stick with this and don’t get bored.

* Ixnay on the Smooth As Silk—I re-read the ingredients, and it has soybean protein in it. I don’t know if my hair will tolerate soy protein, given that coarse hair and protein don’t do well together. I’ll have to get my hands on a sample. Otherwise, my search continues …