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Old 02-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Can I co if I co? (coconut oil & co-washing)

I'd like to seal my hair with a bit of coconut oil each time I wash it. Is co-washing enough to remove the oil, or will it build up and keep my hair from absorbing water? Would it help if I used a different type of oil? I do use a mild sulfate-free shampoo about once a month.

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My co-wash is Tresemme Naturals Moisture Rich. I'd like to layer the oil over a light leave-in conditioner, and then use a gel over the oil. My hair is 3b, and I don't use heat styling or chemical treatments.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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I think you are on the right track. Coconut oil is basically the oil that penetrates in your hair the most and thus strengthens hair. Cowashing should be fine to remove buildup. A sulfate free shampoo (I do this every 2
Weeks and Cowash twice a week) every other week or so should be fine as well. The only thing though is that since coconut oil is a penetrating oil, you may want to consider another less penetrating oil to seal your hair, ie jojoba, sweet almond oil... I myself use coconut oil to prepoo; but jojobas or sweet almond to seal.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:24 AM   #3
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Also your order of layering products is perfect. Leavein then oil then gel.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:24 AM   #4
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I agree I apply conconut oil to my hair every two days and I have experience no buildup even though I cowash once or twice a week. I shampoo once a month and I have had no problems!
Type: 3c/4a Fine Texture
CG since 2008 but natural hair all my life
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C/O- SM, V05, MHC
R/O- Skin Biology, Mop Top & EO Coconut
Rinses: ACV
Leave in - Bask Hair Milk, Camille Rose
D/T- Spiral Solutions
Sylers/Butters- Darcy's Vanilla Butter, Bask Condensed Custard, QAOHC
Oils - Grapeseed and Coconut, Castor
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:20 PM   #5
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I "prepoo" w coconut oil before shampooing AND cowashing (because I use it to detangle) and the conditioner gets it out just fine. I think youre okay, but I do regularly shampoo so I personally dont experience buildup.. Just be on the lookout for it.
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Poo/Cowash| Bobeam, V05 Shea Cashmere
DC| AOGPB, CJ Repair Me, BrownButterBeauty
RinseOut| Mill Creek Keratin Conditioner, Ology Moisturizing Conditioner
Leave In| Curl Rehab, Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Moisturizer, CJ Smoothing Lotion
Moisturize|Oyin Hair Dew, CR Moisture Milk
Gel| Kiss My Face UMG, Trader Joes Aloe Vera, KCCC
Sealants| Aloe Juice, Whipped Shea, Cocoa & Mango Butters, Castor, & my Peanut Oil Blend =)

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