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Gross Greasy Hair

Dear Sugar
Last week my apartment complex decided to turn off the hot water to replace a pipe. They "forgot" to send out a notice, so of course I was in the shower washing the conditioner out of my hair when they turned it off! It was WAY too cold to stay in there, so I got all of the conditioner out that I could, and hopped out (shivering at that!). When I dried my hair, the hair at the scalp on my head where I part it was very dry, but shiny, so it looks as if my hair hasn't been washed in three days-I have blonde hair as well, so it REALLY stands out! Yuck! I figured that the conditioner was still in my hair, and thought that it would come out when I washed it again.'s been like 5 days now! I went through all of the shampoos in my bathroom, hoping that at least one of those would help make it look better, but I haven't found anything that works! In the meantime, I'm stuck with my hair in ponytails. Can you help me? Sick Of Having A Tail

Dear Sick Of Having A Tail
I wonder if there was some kind of oil or gunk in the pipes that was released? That has happened to a friend of mine before, but instead of oil it was rust; and her blond hair turned yellowy orange. She wound up having to get her hair re-touched. But I don't think you'll have to worry about that. It sounds like you need a good cleansing shampoo. Cold water seals your hair shaft, so the conditioner probably got trapped in there. I've got a few suggestions for you... Believe it or not try Prell Shampoo. It's an oldie but goodie in this instance. Prell is pretty harsh. That's why they tell you to stay away from it if you have fine or color treated hair. But I'll bet a few rounds of it will do the trick, and it won't cost you a lot. Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula Shampoo is also excellent. You use it once a week until your hair goes back to normal and then you can stop using it. It's not very expensive either and it will remove up to 70% of whatever is making your hair so greasy. Lastly you can try Paul Mitchell's Deep Cleansing Shampoo 2. It removes dulling build up from hair and helps treat oily hair. It also has a great clean lemon scent.

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