03-27-2012, 09:45 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
I hate to do this, but I'm going to possibly add a bit to the confusion. Kimmidawn gave good explanations of RO and LI. I follow pretty much the same routine, but will use some heavier products because my hair still needs lots of moisture.
You can probably break down your cleansing options under CG into 3 different categories (not including the option of water washing, baking soda and apple cider vinegar, etc):
Low-poo would be a sulfate free shampoo. This product is designed for cleansing hair and has surfacants added for that purpose. People with finer hair will sometimes need to low-poo more frequently than some others to prevent hair from getting weighed down.
Cleansing Conditioner is a conditioner (very moisturizing, no lather), that is designed to cleanse the hair and has surfacants added for that purpose. These will typically be gentler surfacants than those in low-poos (or at least lower concentrations). This is where CJ Daily Fix and Deva No-Poo fit in. I'm personally a huge fan of these products, especially Daily Fix.
Co-wash is the use of an actual conditioner to cleanse the hair. Conditioners do contain surfacants, but the difference is that these surfacants are not added for the purpose of cleansing the hair and they will be milder than those found in low-poos or cleansing conditioners. I have found that I can co-wash, but only if I stick strictly to conditioners marked as volumizing or clarifying. Anything heavier tends to leave my roots feeling gunky.
I hope this helps a bit. I know there can be an overwhelming amount of info to sort through when you're getting started.
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3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask