Texture and Tones: And Cowashing

I don't use shampoo when I wash my hair, I either use just scolding hot water and a lot of scrubbing and detangling followed by a deep condition, or I cowash, then deep condition. So far it's worked just fine, but it's time to color my hair again. Do I need to breakdown and shampoo or can I continue what I've been doing? I use Clairol's Textures and Tones: Red Hot Red
Join Date: Jan 2014
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Hot water isn't good to wash your hair with. Cold water can prevent frizz, help with shine, and make the color in your hair last longer.
Curl Pattern: Chunks of 3B, 4A, and 4B mixed all up in this odd head of hair of mine.

Normal porosity, high density, medium width strands.

Current length: Between armpit length and bra strap length
Short-term goal: Bra strap length
Long-term goal: Mid-back length
Ultimate Goal: Waist length
Depends what products and ingredients you are using, and how much build up you have. Permanent hair dye will eat through a certain amount of sebum or product ingredients deposits. Semi permanent colour must be used on clean hair.

Scrubbing can cause mechanical damage, be gentle on vulnerable coloured hair. Only ever detangle when hair is slathered in conditioner not just wet.

High pigment semi permanent red dye (eg Manic Panic) actually lasts longer than permanent red and is non damaging. Every time you 'refresh' the lengths they get more damaged and more porous, hair them tend to lose the red dye molecules and hold onto the brown undertones which can then build up. Ideally only use permanent dye on the roots but do not pull through, do the lengths with a semi.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I use cold water at the end, never have a problem with frizz until it's time to wash again.
Depends what products and ingredients you are using, and how much build up you have. Permanent hair dye will eat through a certain amount of sebum or product ingredients deposits. Semi permanent colour must be used on clean hair.

Scrubbing can cause mechanical damage, be gentle on vulnerable coloured hair. Only ever detangle when hair is slathered in conditioner not just wet.

High pigment semi permanent red dye (eg Manic Panic) actually lasts longer than permanent red and is non damaging. Every time you 'refresh' the lengths they get more damaged and more porous, hair them tend to lose the red dye molecules and hold onto the brown undertones which can then build up. Ideally only use permanent dye on the roots but do not pull through, do the lengths with a semi.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
All I use in my hair is coconut oil and shea butter, and most recently start making flax seed gel. I use coconut oil as my DC and then once I rinse most of that out, I only use the shea butter and flax seed for a wash and go or just a twist out. I detangle with the coconut oil
Shea butter can certainly build up. You aren't using any conditioner whatsoever?

Coloured hair is inevitably damaged, coconut oil helps the cortex but you want something to patch repair the cuticle for slip and strength.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Shea butter can certainly build up. You aren't using any conditioner whatsoever?

Coloured hair is inevitably damaged, coconut oil helps the cortex but you want something to patch repair the cuticle for slip and strength.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
I honestly didn't use shea butter the last time, just the flax seed gel mixed with coconut oil. I just bought some black soap to stick with my natural regimen. What would you recommend I use for my DC? I have a little of ORS conditioner that i mixed again with coconut oil. But after that I really want to avoid commercial product.

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