Protein, Clarifying Shampoo, and Dry Shampoo.

Hello, hello newbie here with just a few questions about how co washing works.

1. How exactly do people add protein to their hair?

2. Did you use a clarifying shampoo before you kicked off co washing? What did/do you use to clarify your hair? How often do you clarify now?

3. Do you use dry shampoo?

4. How often do you use a low poo in addition of co washing?
Protien- There are many ways to add protein, and many types of protein. many of us love IAgirl's PT recipe. I can't post links from my IPod, but you can search for "PT recipe as promised". It's cheap and easy, as well as being versatile. There are many variations on the original recipe as wavies have tweaked it to suit their own hair. If you have a Sally's Beauty Supply near you, they have Ion Effective care protein conditioner, Cure Care, Aphogee 2-step protein treatment, Colorful Neutral Protein Filler (versatile, can be used as a shampoo in type PT, a protein spray, added to a conditioner). Joico K-Pak is available at most pharmacies.

A silicone free sulfate shampoo should be more than fine to clarify your hair before you start co-washing.
As for low-pooing, clarifying with a sulfate shampoo etc. it's really about what works for you. Some wavies can't co-wash at all. Some like to alternate low-pooing and co-washing. Some prefer gentle sulfate shampoo or diluted sulfate shampoo to low-poo. I personally can get away with strictly co-washing. I like to clarify hard water deposits with a sulfate shampoo containing EDTA before I color once every 4-6 weeks.
I don't find a need for dry shampoo because my scalp doesn't get greasy, but there is nothing wrong with using one to help soak up any extra greasiness.

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Thanks!

If I am going to do this I just want to get it right, so far I've got my bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar, my Suave Naturals Coconut, and a shampoo with no sulfates in it.

One last question, I noticed that people are talking about using a leave in conditioner in addition to the conditioner they use for co washing. Is that just something that's optional or do most people use an additional conditioner after they co wash?
Thanks!

If I am going to do this I just want to get it right, so far I've got my bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar, my Suave Naturals Coconut, and a shampoo with no sulfates in it.

One last question, I noticed that people are talking about using a leave in conditioner in addition to the conditioner they use for co washing. Is that just something that's optional or do most people use an additional conditioner after they co wash?
Originally Posted by theladything
Usually after cowashing, wavies will generally use a rinse out and/or leave in. Rinse outs tend to be a bit richer than cowashes (i.e. where cowashes are generally for clarifying, rinse outs and leave ins are more about adding moisture back into hair). I personally use both a rinse out (I like Tresemme Naturals) and a leave in (I like Kinky Curly Knot Today - found at Target).
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Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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Hello, hello newbie here with just a few questions about how co washing works.

1. How exactly do people add protein to their hair?

2. Did you use a clarifying shampoo before you kicked off co washing? What did/do you use to clarify your hair? How often do you clarify now?

3. Do you use dry shampoo?

4. How often do you use a low poo in addition of co washing?
Originally Posted by theladything
I used IA Girls' protein treatment and it worked very well. I'll probably use it once every few months and use Spiral Solutions protein spray once every couple of weeks. You can also find plenty of low-poos, conditioners, gels, etc., out there with protein in them. My hair analysis said I didn't need a lot of protein, but I do color my hair so I find it helps a bit in small amounts.

I started off using cleansing conditioners (WEN and Hair One), then this year switched to a low poo and good rinse out conditioner. Since both the cleansing conditioners and the low poo wash out silicones, I didn't have to worry about it. It can't hurt to use sulfate shampoo one last time though to really clean your hair of product and then use a silicone free conditioner as your rinse out.

I rarely use dry shampoo anymore. On occasion I will if I want to go an extra day between washes than normal, but it's rare. I usually wash my hair only on Tuesdays and Fridays. I don't wash it at all other than that unless there's a reason, like St Patty's Day glitter.

I used to low poo/rinse out on Friday and CoWash on Tuesdays. My hair is really fine though and I think it works better if I low poo/rinse out on both days.

I will also tell you that my scalp went through a funky transition period when I went sulfate free. It lasted about 4 weeks. This happens to some people and not to others, so just keep it in mind if your head gets funky and you feel like quitting. Right now, your sulfate shampoo strips the oil from your scalp, so to try to keep things balanced your scalp produces even more oil. When you stop using sulfates, you'll stop stripping your scalp, but your scalp might take a couple of weeks to figure it out and produce less oil again. My scalp felt pretty dirty there for a few weeks (I just wore it up if it looked bad too) and then it was great. One thing that helped was rinsing my hair really well. As in, really lifting and parting my hair out of the way so I could rinse my scalp and massage/rub away any dead flakes etc. No more half-assing it.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use

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