Cowash vs. Conditioner?

Ok so just to clear up my I supposed to use a different conditioner for washing and then another conditioner for conditioning? I have just been cowashing my hair with Curl Junkie curl assurance...but I am thinking that I should be "washing" with something else and then "conditioning" with that.

Thanks in advance for helping clear my confusion!
I've done it both ways. I've co-washed with Suave and then conditioned with something else. Currently, I'm co-washing with Darcy's pumpkin conditioner and leaving it in as my rinse out conditioner. I just co-wash and leave it in for a few minutes. I rinse it out and then I put in another one as a leave in. I like it both ways.
Started CG July 8, 2008


Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: Ion Effective Care Treatment
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
Protein Treatment: Nutress Moisturizing Protein Pack
Deep Condition:Acure Moroccan Argan Conditioner+Sally's GVP Balm
I believe it's a matter of preference. Some curlies like to use different products for their wash, conditioner/ leave-in, while others (like myself) like to use 1 for both jobs. You just have to find out what works best for your hair & your pockets. I don't mind spending the extra $ on a good conditioner that does it all, b/c my hair benefits from it & it beats what I used to spend going to the salon once or twice a month, and what I used to spend on products for home...just listen to your hair & pay attention to your wallet!
Fine/Medium strands, Medium density, Normal porosity.

Cowash: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat
Leave-In: Kinky Curly Knot Today
Styler: KCCC
I use 1 conditioner for both jobs as well. It works well for me. I do use a separate leave-in that I apply when I get out of the shower; I need it for detangling.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!, KC Stellar Strands
I only use one conditioner. I co-wash, rinse, add gel, done. I don't add conditioner a 2nd time and I don't use a leave in. It's what my hair likes. And I always do what my hair likes. : )
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar. password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**

When I co-wash, I usually use a thinner formula for my scalp and then something thicker for my hair. I don't really use anything as a leave-in.
I'm a seventeen-year-old 3b curly girl.

Shampoo: Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo
Conditioner: Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner
Gel: Frizz-Ease Clearly Defined
I have used both methods. I sometimes use the same cowash conditioner as the DT during the winter when my hair is driest.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Winter Regimen
Pre-treatment: Hempseed oil
Cowash: various
Shampoo/Clarifier:MopTop Clarifying Rescue Treatment
PT:Not for a while...
Rinse: Living Proof Curl Detangling Rinse
LI/Detangler: CURLS Cashmere Curls leave-in
Moisturizer: Miss Jessie's Baby Buttermilk
Stylers: various
Sealers: Tamanu oil

*experimenting and loving it!

I use two different ones, but it's a cost thing for me. I like to use a lot of conditioner to wash and detangle with, and I wouldn't be able to afford to do that with any of my really moisturizing conditioners that I like. So I just use a cheapie one and then use a thicker nicer more expensive one for my rinse out and don't use as much.
I use two different ones, but it's a cost thing for me. I like to use a lot of conditioner to wash and detangle with, and I wouldn't be able to afford to do that with any of my really moisturizing conditioners that I like. So I just use a cheapie one and then use a thicker nicer more expensive one for my rinse out and don't use as much.
Originally Posted by lizzlebelizzle
CG since June/09
3a/b extremely thick, coarse, porous
Loving AOHR, Biolage Conditioning Balm, KCCC.
I too use a cheapie for the co-wash and use the better one for the conditioning. I spritz and condition on the alternate days and use the cheapie for that.

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
It is a matter of preference. I typically use 2 different conditioners for washing & conditioning but I have used just one in a hurry.
CG since 8/8/09

Tried & True products:
*Suave Tropical Coconut
*Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner
*GVP Conditioning Balm
*Taliah Waajid Crinkles & Curls
*Elasta QP Feels Like Silk gel
*Coconut Oil


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ive tried both ways, cowash with a cheapie conditioner then condition with a regular one. Now i just use one, tresemme naturals.. its so rich and moisturizing but still rinses clean, lathers well too.
I do a quick "lather" then reapply and let it sit a cpl mins and rinse.. rarely ill use a seperate conditioner like Darcys Pumpkin instead and let it sit.
But im over thin cheapy conditioners as co-washes.. i had to use too much of them to get the job done!
dense, fine & porous curls |

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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