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Dear CurlySuzy: I'm really confused. I keep reading articles and hearing people say different opinions on washing your hair every day. Some people say that co-washing your hair (not shampooing) is bad because it dries out the hair. On the other hand, I have also read that co-washing every day is OK, as long as you're not shampooing. Which party is right? I have really thick wavy/curly 2c hair. I've tried co-washing my hair only three times a week, but my hair still gets really knotted and matted when I sleep, despite my attempts at the pineapple or sleeping with a bonnet. Co-washing my hair every day is the only way I can avoid stepping out of the house looking like Don King, but I'm afraid I might be drying out my hair. What is your opinion? I would really appreciate your help, thanks!

Dear Annabell: I think co-washing on a daily basis is fine and cleansing once or twice a week is a good routine. In regards to co-washing drying your hair out, I think it depends on the conditioner that you are using. I think it is great to co-wash daily if you are using a moisturizing conditioner that is silicone-free. That way you are not causing build-up that then leads to dryness. Here is some silicone info:

Not Water Soluble

Learn more about silicones here.

Amodimethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone

Water Soluble

Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolized Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, Lauryl methicone Copolyol, PEG -12 Dimethicone, PEG- 8 Dimethicone, PEG-modified Dimethicone

Here is a list of some silicone-free conditioners that are super that we sell—

I hope this clears up the confusion about co-washing. Please email me if it doesn't or if you have more questions.

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I'm probably a somewhat typical 3a/b though my hair while fine is also thin (have to love genetics! especially since my daughter has enough hair for 4 people!) Anyway ... I LOVE the Jessicurl line (I use gentle lather shampoo twice a week(sometimes more in the nasty summer), and daily conditioner when I shampoo with extra moisturizing cond. on my ends. On days I don't shampoo I either spritz my hair with conditioner laced water (1 tbs cond. mixed with 8 oz water) and awe inspiraling spray and scrunch. (I rotate this every other week with Hair One cleansing conditioners from Sally ... odd but it seems to work for my hair) The biggest thing I can stress is to deep condition weekly. I use Jessicurl Weekly Conditioning Treatment and it has done wonders for my hair. For styling I mix Rockin Ringlets and Gelebration Spray in the shower when its still sopping wet, pile it on my head in a microfiber turbo twist. Then I scrunch with Gelebration spray and awe inspiraling spray mixed. I tweak the mixtures and routines a bit depending on the season (you can't really name a set season in NC so frizz and cold and dry can attack any time) Once again, it may seem odd or like chemistry but its been a trial and error process that I've been fine tuning for about 6 years now since 1/2 my barely wavey hair fell out after a surgery and I buzzed it all to about an inch long to grow back out at once and it grew back in ringlets! LOL

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