Need help with understanding cowashing
Hello, I'm a 17 year old girl with 3A hair.
I started cowashing awhile ago, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right (or using the right products).
I wash my hair every other day (cowashing) and now doing a treatment once a week and washing out with shampoo.
I use the Organix line, but I'm hearing that the conditioners have cones in it.
First I cleanse my hair with the Brazilian Keratin Therapy conditioner. A little bit more than a quarter-size.
After it's washed out, I use a palm-full of the Moroccan Argan Oil conditioner and spread throughout my hair. I lightly comb through knots with the conditioner in.
I leave that in for a while while I'm doing other stuff in the shower.
Wash that out, then add a quarter-size amount of the last conditioner on my wet hair and leave that in as my leave-in conditioner.
I'm in a dilemma! I don't know if I should be using Organix. I'm thinking of getting V05 for my detangler. But what conditioner should I get as a leave-in?
Also something that I can get at a drugstore, not online. I don't like commercialized products like Tresemme and others.
I'm honestly so confused.
Co-washing is just washing with conditioner...so It sounds like you are doing it right. The key to my co-wash is massaging the scalp so I make sure to get any light products out of my hair. From time to time I wash wish sulfate free shampoo to get all the heavy products out but thats only in the case that I can tell I have too much build up. Your on the right track.
The Organix Coconut line is geared more for curly hair and doesn't have cones, unless the formula has been changed since the last time I purchased it. Other curlies also like the Suave Naturals for their cowash but not as their full conditioner.
Burts Bees and Yes to Carrots(Cucumbers, ect) are also organic though I haven't tried their hair products yet I love the rest of their products:)
The Organix shampoos are sulfate free and could be a nice alternative to sulfate shampoo, but the conditioners do have cones. For co-washing I prefer lighter conditioners (my personal favorite is VO5 Vanilla Min Tea). Make sure you massage your scalp well when co-washing and continue massaging while you rinse. Nature's Gate has some nice cone-free conditioners that work well for rinse-out and/or leave-in. If you consider the VO5 too commercialized, I've heard that Giovani's TTT conditioner works well as a co-wash.
Sorry for the late reply, but thank you for the comments!
I've bought Suave (refreshing mist-CO, lavender lilac-LI) and VO5 (pomegranate-RO) but I feel like I'm losing my curl pattern and more knots.
I think I'll change VO5 to vanilla mint tea but what LI should I use? Giovanni's LI looks promising...
Also, how much conditioner for CO do you use? Quarter-sized or large amount?
you need A LOT of condish as a curly curl! quater size amount is prob too small.
how my curly hair dresser first showed me:
flip hair over- get a PALM FULL of condish. work into under hair.
Flip upright- get ANOTHER PALM FULL of condish- apply this to the top half of your hair.
After it sits for a bit, rinse out.
Mind you I have very thick hair, but the key is lots of condish, curly hair loves moisture and is usually thick, so it sucks it up like crazy.
Most curlies will talk about 'slip' and that's basically what your hair should feel like after you put condish in- nice and slippery.
You could prob start with 1 palm full of condish, distribute it evenly, and then see how your slip feels. If it still feels a little dry, add a bit more condition an reevaluate.
So co-washing, for the scalp I run a line of conditioner across the tips of my fingers, rub my hands together to distribute it, and then massage the scalp. Maybe 1-1 1/2 tbsp worth of conditioner for the entire scalp. Massage then rinse out entirely still massaging with firm circular motions to ensure you're not causing product buildup at the scalp. For the hair (just past the crown) then I use a generous palmful of conditioner which I smooth on, let sit for five minutes, then detangle gently (with wide toothed comb or fingers) underneath the running water. If I hit a knot or a problem area, I take a dab more (a dime size) of conditioner and apply it to the tangled area, then gently pull the knot apart with my fingers. Some conditioners may have more slip and let your detangle right away but why do that? You haven' t given it a chance to really sit in the hair and penetrate. That's why I always wait five min while I shave my legs and go about my shower business. ;)
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