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NursenNancy 03-12-2013 12:00 PM

CO washing and heavy sticky hair
 
So I have been CO washing and using only sulfate free and silicone free conditioners. My hair, especially at the roots, is so sticky and heavy. I can't even run my fingers through it! I am using VO5 clarifying conditioner for Cowashing (silicone and sulfate free), then L'Oreal sulfate and silicone free conditioner for after my cowashing to detangle.
Then only a Herbal essence gel (silicone free).

I thought my hair just needed some clarifying, so I did the Baking soda and vinegar rinse last week. My hair felt great after that, kinda dry, but much improved. Now today, I just did my first CoWash since then and the sticky, heavy feel is back! Just after 1 co wash!! Helpppppppp!

rbb 03-12-2013 12:05 PM

i am not familiar with the products you use, but it sounds like you need to switch it up.
you can use a low poo, they do not have sulfates, only mild surfactants that clean without stripping your hair. i low poo maybe once every 5 days, co wash the other days.

NursenNancy 03-12-2013 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rbb (Post 2135663)
i am not familiar with the products you use, but it sounds like you need to switch it up.
you can use a low poo, they do not have sulfates, only mild surfactants that clean without stripping your hair. i low poo maybe once every 5 days, co wash the other days.

Yes, I was thinking I might need to run to the store and get some different conditioner. Just so bummed that a "clarifying conditioner" is leaving my hair so limp, heavy, and sticky!
I was really hoping to give cowashing a real try, so I am going to try to not give up and buy a low poo for now.

Any other ideas what it could be? I guess since I am only really using 3 things, and only 1 thing at my roots (the VO5) it has to be that, huh?

LoveInBetween 03-12-2013 03:03 PM

V05 is a cheapy conditioner that doesn't have the best ingredients in them, hense it being solds for as low as 89 cents.

Try suave or tresumee naturals if you're on a tight budget.

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flippacious 03-12-2013 06:59 PM

I have this problem with Suave and V05 conditioners. I have tried multiple from each brand. I blamed co-washing in general and for the past two weeks have been doing low-poo every three days or so and just water washing in between. However, I still get the sticky roots feeling after two days without low-pooing (which is about the amount of time it would take if I was co-washing). So now I'm starting to suspect it's my head's fault and not my cleansing? Or maybe another product?

Okay, long story short: you are not alone in this problem. And please post an update if you find something that works for you, I'll be interested in trying it out myself!

curleeangel 03-12-2013 07:28 PM

Some Vo5 conditioners have protein. Could that be it?

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LoveInBetween 03-12-2013 10:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flippacious (Post 2135944)
I have this problem with Suave and V05 conditioners. I have tried multiple from each brand. I blamed co-washing in general and for the past two weeks have been doing low-poo every three days or so and just water washing in between. However, I still get the sticky roots feeling after two days without low-pooing (which is about the amount of time it would take if I was co-washing). So now I'm starting to suspect it's my head's fault and not my cleansing? Or maybe another product?

Okay, long story short: you are not alone in this problem. And please post an update if you find something that works for you, I'll be interested in trying it out myself!

+1 for low poos

I get the sticky roots with excessive co washing. I have to low poo once a week. I use Deva NoPoo as my cowash and Kinky Curly Come Clean as my low poo


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