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Old 04-13-2013, 05:08 AM   #1
 
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Default I am new to whole co-wash thing

as it very early in morning right now 4am PST

I like to the brand Suave Clarifying shampoo and conditioner.


So how you get started...

I know it a fact that everyone hates silicone in there hair routine
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
 
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The idea is to cleanse without stripping using a conditioner without silicones (CG-friendly). You have to really work the scalp however massaging it well with the pads of your fingertips. You'd have to cut silicones completely out of your hair's diet as they won't wash away with co-washing and will build up. The basic idea is no sulfates and no silicones. Before starting to co-wash you may want to do one last sulfate wash (w/ a shampoo w/out cones) to get any silicones out of the hair. It will be like a fresh start. Just make sure not to use any conditioners or stylers with silicones afterwards.

You'll need to figure out your hair properties Live Curly Live Free - Home NC.com as well as LCLF have tons of information on how to do it yourself. You can also order a hair analysis from LCLF. This information will then help to determine what you should be looking for in terms of products. Your hair may need a lot of protein, or some, or very little to none, for instance. You may find you like oils or you won't. Depending on the dew point, humectants may or may not work for you. You'll have to start learning about ingredients and looking at products on the ingredient level. Everyone's hair is different so it will take some time to figure it all out. It may be overwhelming at first, it was to me but I'm getting the hang of it and my hair's getting better. Good luck!
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:02 AM   #3
 
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If you're really interested in starting co-washing I would recommend the Curly Girl book by Lorraine Masey.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
 
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The idea is to cleanse without stripping using a conditioner without silicones (CG-friendly). You have to really work the scalp however massaging it well with the pads of your fingertips. You'd have to cut silicones completely out of your hair's diet as they won't wash away with co-washing and will build up. The basic idea is no sulfates and no silicones. Before starting to co-wash you may want to do one last sulfate wash (w/ a shampoo w/out cones) to get any silicones out of the hair. It will be like a fresh start. Just make sure not to use any conditioners or stylers with silicones afterwards.

You'll need to figure out your hair properties Live Curly Live Free - Home NC.com as well as LCLF have tons of information on how to do it yourself. You can also order a hair analysis from LCLF. This information will then help to determine what you should be looking for in terms of products. Your hair may need a lot of protein, or some, or very little to none, for instance. You may find you like oils or you won't. Depending on the dew point, humectants may or may not work for you. You'll have to start learning about ingredients and looking at products on the ingredient level. Everyone's hair is different so it will take some time to figure it all out. It may be overwhelming at first, it was to me but I'm getting the hang of it and my hair's getting better. Good luck!
I second all of this! Great advice :-)
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