You'd be surprised to see how many of us use cheap COs such as Suave and VO5 for co-wash because they work really well for cleansing. I even use some of them as LI by just adding a few drops of oil. The "secret" is alternating one that has proteins with one that doesn't, and if there's anything a bit "stubborn" on the hair (like the residue form some gels) to let the CO sit on the hair for a few min. before rinsing it out to give the surfactants a fair chance to break the residue down.
Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
CO-wash: VO5 K&L
RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Dai
ly Defense Moisturizing & others.
LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil