08-05-2012, 12:43 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
That sounds like a great method!
I, personally, just find I need shampoo because it really does help my hair absorb a lot more moisture than it used to with cowashing. But that's because my shampoo is basic, and it's partner conditioner is acidic, so the shampoo opens my cuticle and the conditioner moisturizes and seals it back up. If you're going to shampoo, definitely check the pH because a lot of them are probably around 4.5-5.5, which won't open the cuticle.
I also shampoo with hot water and probably every day to every 2 days and only use, literally, a pea-sized amount, following up with a lot of conditioner.
If you don't want to shampoo, though, you can add some baking soda to your cowash every few days because it's basic.
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12
Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair
all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing