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Old 05-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #1
 
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Default Can you co-wash without conditioner?

I use Suave Conditioner for my hair and Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse (long name!) for styling. I do co-wash my hair but have some trouble doing it in proper way. I have hard time making sure that the conditioner covers my whole scalp but I have heard that you can "co-wash" with just water. Can you do that? Last time I co-washed my scalp with Suave conditioner, my hair became greasy...perhaps I used too much.

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Old 05-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
 
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Yes, you can absolutely water wash. You do the same thing as you do with conditioner except, obviously, without the conditioner. I find it works best to stand under the water while scrubbing your scalp and rinsing thoroughly at the same time.
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There are rules for just doing a water wash. First you have to make sure you are using soft water.

I would only recommend it if you were not going to try separating the hair. Just rinse and gently cup the hair.

The last time I did water only I lost so much hair. Be very gently. Don't even touch the hair if you don't have to. It works best if you at least have product left over from a previous styling.


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Water washing is great, but you can't JUST water wash. You can alternate water washing and CO-washing, though! It works great if you don't want to wash yet, but you'd still like to get some of the gunk off your hair. Just a word of caution -- I find that I still have to use a RO condish after water washing -- and if I use the same amount of product that I normally do on the days I wash my hair, it turns out like curly twigs! So, basically, use less product when you water wash because you aren't completely removing the product that's already on your hair.
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There are rules for just doing a water wash. First you have to make sure you are using soft water.

I would only recommend it if you were not going to try separating the hair. Just rinse and gently cup the hair.

The last time I did water only I lost so much hair. Be very gently. Don't even touch the hair if you don't have to. It works best if you at least have product left over from a previous styling.


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Unfortunately I do not have soft water. I have hard water but I'll stick to conditioner washing but I'll try to use less conditioner. Thanks though!
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