Thanks Dusa! I really appreciate the support. Really this is the only place I can come for true support. If I go to other people who have never heard of the CG method before and I tell them I've been co-washing and then my hair thinned.... they'll just look at me like I'm insane and say something like "of course your hair fell out what on earth would make you wash your hair with conditioner!!!!????" And I'm like... um the people on the internet? LOL.
Massaging gently... yesss I could not recommend this enough! For the co-washers, there is a difference between thorough
. Make sure you're massaging thoroughly but not so hard you're yanking your hair out! Take your time in the shower if you need to.
Also the detangling... my word of advice is to be gentle and definitely use a conditioner w/ good slip. There's lots of good conditioners out there that are moisturizing but don't necessarily give good slip. For example, the Nature's Gate Jojoba condish (which I love) has moisture but little slip, and hence is not good for detangling. If an RO that you love doesn't have the slip, you can always use a detangler in the shower as well, like KCKT. I've used it before my RO as well as after. Not saying that having a separate detangler and RO is the ideal situation for everyone, but it is an option. Just make sure whatever you are using to detangle whether it is your RO, your LI, your dentangler/LI, whatever, make sure it has good slip!