Is cowashing necessary for a 2a with LP and high density?

Okay so i'm a little new to this whole thing. I'm not really sure what my routine should be. My waves are a little out of whack because I've been taking a straightener to it lately. But I'm trying to decide if co washing is right for me. Honestly I've tried the no-poo thing for a month last year and it was the most horrible experience ever. my roots got matted down and my hair smelled really bad and never felt clean. I wash my hair every day because I just feel gross if I don't do it. What kind of routine would you ladies recommend for me?
Hello! Use a Sulfate free shampoo, (low poo), you can use it daily if it works and does not leave the hair too dry, or you can use about 2 to 3 times a week.
2b-2c type hair.
CG since october 2012.
Co wash: VO5 Conditioner Two times a week.
Low Pow: Loreal Ever Sleek once a week (scalp only).
Rinse out conditioner: VO5 conditioner.
Deep Conditioner: Naturaleza y Vida Mascarilla hidratante de aloe y enebro, once a week.
Leave in: VO5 conditioner half water half conditioner.
Gel: VO5 gel light hold.
Mousse: Caprice Rizos Definidos.
My hair love plopping!.
Co-washing didn't do much for me so I made the switch a couple years ago to low pooing. Now, I switch on and off between low pooing and using a traditional (w/sulfates and 'cones) shampoo and conditioner and my scalp seems fine with it.
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

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hippiechic, do you notice a difference in your hair when you use products with sulfates? does it make your hair flatter?
My hair is on the coarse side and Very low porosity, and low-poo works much, much better than co-washing for me. I do low-poo about every other day, water only or nothing in between, and every couple of months an actual sulfate wash. This seems to work well, the hair is in great shape and it doesn't tangle much now.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
I used to low poo every other day and co-wash the other days. Lately, I've been just low pooing every day. My hair seems to get over conditioned if I co-wash too often...

I use a sulfate clarifying shampoo once a month. My hair is actually less flat after because it removes all the buildup.

HTH.
Wave Pattern: 2A
Hair Properties: Normal/Low Porosity, Medium Density, Medium Texture w/Fine Straight Underlayer
Co-wash: Suave Naturals, Cure Care
Low-poo: Renpure Brazilian Keratin
Rinse Out & Leave In: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks Mega Mega Hold Gel, Garnier Fructis Spray Gel

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