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Old 07-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #1
 
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Other wavie's do things like:

Co-wash?
Lo-poo?
Water wash?
PT?

Trying to figure out if I should be doing things more often/less often.

I was no-poo before starting CG, but since I have given up the boar hair brush, trying to figure out when to do things. Before CG, I washed my hair with BS/acv every 5 days and would water wash once in between then. But now that I am CG, I am wondering if I should actually co-wash more often? It seems like my hair is soaking up the conditioner. When I co-wash w/ my V05, I seem to need a LOT of conditioner b/c my hair is soaking it up. But at the same time I don't want to weigh my hair down.

So wavies....what is you schedule?
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
 
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I low-poo twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), and co-wash every day that I don't low-poo. I'm still pretty new to CG so I'm experimenting with a lot of different products in different combinations. Some days I get really gluey results so I'll low-poo the next morning if I need to get the gunk out. I haven't figured out PTs yet, still trying to get a good result using IAGirl's recipe, maybe third time will be the charm...
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
 
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My hair is not too fond of protein (small doses followed by lots of moisture are good, but more than that and it either goes all straight or dries out) and needs tons of moisture, and I've been working out nearly every day which necessitates washing every day. CO washing is gentle enough that you can do it as often as you'd like.

My almost-daily routine:
CO wash
Moisturizing rinse-out conditioner while I do the rest of my shower routine
Leave-in (sometimes I won't fully RO, other times I'll use KCKT after rinsing)
Seal with oil (sweet almond, just a couple drops rubbed between my palms)

Once a week I'll use AO GBP as my RO conditioner, about as heavy a PT as I've dared to try so far, and follow it with a DT (CJ Curl Rehab under a plastic cap for 15-30 minutes).

I've added a low-poo into the rotation too, not sure how often I'll need to use it - will try using it once a week or so, more often if I find I need it. I'm planning to experiment a bit with water-only on days that I think my head can handle it, but when I'm super sweaty it's not enough for me.
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Current product rotation:
Low-poo: ES bubble bath
CO wash: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Desert Essence Coconut, AO GBP, CJ Curl Rehab
DT: CJ Curl Rehab
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:11 PM   #4
 
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Co-wash - every other day

Lo-poo - every other day (opposite days of co-wash)

Water wash - whenever I'm washing 2X in one day (I exercise a lot)

PT - twice a week
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
 
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I alternate days of co-washing and lo-pooing. But I do second-day hair all the time because I'm lazy so it's like:

Day One: Lo-Poo
Day Two: Style for second-day hair
Day Three: Co-Wash
Day Four: Style for second-day hair
Repeat

I don't water-wash or do PT anymore.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #6
 
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What works for you will depend a lot on your hair properties. But, with that said, here's what I do. No hard and fast rules, I just guess what I feel my hair might need most.

Co-wash: ~1x per week (if that)
Cleansing conditioner: ~2-3x per week
Low-poo: all the other days of the week
RO: almost every day unless I feel my hair doesn't need the moisture that day.

PT: 1x per week

DT: 2x per month (max)
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
 
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I usually co-wash daily and use a low poo every 2nd or 3rd wash, depending on how gunky my hair is feeling. I have never water washed and I dont have any plans to start. I do a protein treatment followed by a short deep treatment every week because my hair loves protein. I also dont need much moisture other than my CO, which is why my DT are very short (maybe 5 min, tops). You really just have to play around to figure out what your hair likes. I've figured out my shower routine, but I still struggle with styling and try new stuff pretty much daily.
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Low poo: Devacare low poo, SM Coconut & Hibiscus
CW: VO5 kiwi lime
RO: Cure Care or GVPCB and Tresemme Naturals when I need moisture
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:26 AM   #8
 
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Co-wash: Every 3-6 days, as needed.

Low-poo: once a month

So my week is like:
Day One: Co-wash, style
Day Two: smooth frizzies with light condish or mousse, spray Tigi curl booster and smooth
Day Three: same
Day Four: same
Day Five: same, or co-wash and start cycle over

Haven't done a PT or DT as yet. I've only been doing this since moderately since Feb and full on since mid-April. I think it just depends on the texture and porosity of your hair since I know a lot of wavies need to low-poo more often. My hair just doesn't like a lot of messing with it.
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Cowash: VO5 clarifying kiwi lime, Suave daily clarifying
RO: SN or Tresemme naturals, TJ TTT
LI: SN or VO5
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:51 AM   #9
 
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I Co-Poo (conditioner and shampoo mix) every time I wash, because I've returned to silicone use for now. I only wash my hair twice a week, three times if I've done a lot of intense sweating due to exercise. I never do protein treatments, my hair doesn't need it, but I'm attempting to start DTing once a week.
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LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:32 AM   #10
 
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cowash-never
low poo-every two or three showers
water wash-if i don't low poo I water wash
PT-ummm probably every few months because I'm lazy.

bonus-brown sugar scrubs-do these about every 7-10 days. I have an itchy, flaky scalp and it's important I do these scrubs!
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rinse out: CJ Repair Me, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Smoothing

leave-in: SCE Curl Cream
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
 
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I'm a minimalist (by minimalist, I mean lazy). I low-poo about twice a week and water wash in between. I never co-wash or PT.
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Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

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