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I'm a newbie i cut my damaged relaxed hair sunday after not relaxing for 8 months problem is i have super dry super curly hair i'm pretty sure i'm a 4a with some 4b in the front.

i stopped using sulfate shampoo's so how often should you co wash your hair and is it okay to wash with sulfate free shampoo every so often.


any product suggestions would be appreciated inexpensive ones would be a plus i'm a student so can't afford expensive products right now.

any help would be appreciated.
Congrats on you bc!! How often you cowash depends on what your hair likes. Some people do it every day. Some dont do it at all. You say you stopped using sulfate shampoos so Im guessing you want to be CG. Well if you are still using silicones and not using the either sulfates or nonsulfates with the proper ingredients to remove silicones then you will get buildup and dry hair. There are a few natural ways like ACV rinses that people use to clarify as well. Prepoos and DCs help me keep moisture. As far as products I suggest you experiment. What is your porosity? How is your hair with protein? If it absolutely hates it then products with proteins will make your hair feel like straw. My hair likes protein but only certain ones that are not too strong. You have to find your best way to keep your moisture- protein balance. Keep a journal of the products that do and dont work to see what ingredients they have on common. Also we get asked the same "dry hair" problem question a lot so feel free look up the million threads by utilizing the search engine. HTH

Last edited by adthomas; 05-18-2012 at 08:24 AM.
Thanks My hair is low porosity not sure about proteins i'v been using pantene fizzy to smooth conditioner for co wash.


i'm more trying out the cg method of co wash but that's it.

i'll definitely look around the forum for more dry hair info
I don't think you should be using the Pantene because their products typically have cones, sulfates, xanes, sodium hydroxide, and other non friendly chemicals. Sure they smell the best but in the end they're not good for truly healthy hair that stays looking good even without product.

If your hair is dry then make sure to cut out all proteins and start focusing on high intensity moisture treatments.

Cowashing will only help if you realize the cycle of shampoo and conditioning. You will not be getting good cowashes if you still use shampoos that also contain silicones.

Sulfate serves a purpose in moderation just make sure the shampoo does not contain the other unfriendly chemicals. I like to do a clarifying (low sulfate) rinse about 1 time a month and maybe twice a month if I went heavy on virgin coconut oil for added moisture and sealing.

The rest of the month I only use conditioner for my rinse in, cowash, rinse out, and for my leave in.



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Last edited by PRINCETON; 05-18-2012 at 01:32 AM.
Thanks My hair is low porosity not sure about proteins i'v been using pantene fizzy to smooth conditioner for co wash.


i'm more trying out the cg method of co wash but that's it.

i'll definitely look around the forum for more dry hair info
Originally Posted by honeyhoney
Im not anti Pantene but i would not call it CG. it does have silicones which make my hair feel coated. That is why their shampoos have sulfates to remove cones. So when I was cowashing frequently like 3 times a week with cones I was putting layer after layer on my hair blocking out moisture and my hair would become dry until I shampooed the cones out for a clean slate. Now all low poos dont have the capability to remove silicones so you have to look at the ingredients. I look for cocamidopropyl betaine. NC had a great article awhile back listing all cones and what it takes to remove them.
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