What about your washing routine?

We talk a lot about products, but I'm also curious about several aspects of our washing routines. I'm hoping this thread will give us new inspiration and insights! Things I wonder about:

- How many times a week do you wash your hair and why?
- Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision?
- What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them?

I know all about co-washing and low-pooing, but I'm mostly curious as to why people chose to do certain things.

My own answers (for the time being):
How many times a week do you wash your hair and why?
Once a week, but the thing is that I can't justify it. I've been washing my hair once a week for almost my entire life. I'm starting to wonder if it still suffices or not (hence this topic for inspiration and food for thought).

Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision?
I've tried co-washing with the wrong conditioner, so I'm back to low-pooing, which I've done for years. Works well for my hair. I chose to go back to this routine because I was overconditioned all the time.

What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them?
I use warm water because I have low porosity hair and it helps open the cuticles a bit. Other than that, I think I could majorly improve my techniques!
F - LP - HD - NE
Fine, low porosity, high density, normal elasticity
Hairtype 2c

Low poo: Looking for a new one
Protein: IAGirl's gelatine treatment
Detangler & LI: KCKT
Styling: KCCC
Experimenting with: Inecto Pure Coconut Conditioner

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How many times a week do you wash your hair and why?
I wash between one and three times a week, my scalp is somewhat greasy and my damaged ends dry and pouf easily so needs three times if I have to look presentable.

Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision?
I conditioner only wash and it was an accident! I had to switch from sulphates for the sake of both my hair AND my skin and I received the wrong sulphate-free shampoo in the mail. I use Inecto which is very light, lathers slightly, gets my hair literally 'squeaky' clean, never had any build up and can't honestly see how it could overcondition anyone. I can get out a heavy coconut oiling, or really bad sebum build up when I've been sick.

I use a cocoamidopropyl betaine shampoo a handful of times in the last two years but honestly I hate the 'dry' tangly feeling of shampoo bubbles now and my hair is unmanageable again afterwards. I only do this when I need to get silicones or hairspray out (after a wedding, accidental conditioner purchase or use).

Why I stuck with co-washing / results
Despite being badly damaged at the time, my hair depoufed and became more manageable the first week. My atopic eczema/ contact dermatitis cleared up and as a bonus my hands, cuticles and nails are in better shape. I certainly had teething problems, days when I missed a patch or didn't rinse properly as you would expect with any new technique or product. But with all CG I reminded myself the standard haircare products and techniques had wasted a couple of decades of my life so this deserved a genuine effort.

What washing techniques work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them?
I use cool water because my hair is dyed. I use palmfuls of product as it's cheap and I like really clean (but not stripped which all shampoos now make me feel) hair. I detangle with the Inecto on rather than having to apply rinse off or leave in conditioner near the roots which I hate the 'weighed down' feel of. Rinsing until my roots feels 'squeaky' is really important, that is much longer than if I were doing the actual conditioning step. I only need to repeat with sebum build up or after a heavy coconut oiling, just as I would with shampoo.


People for whom co-washing doesn't work/ may never work seem to me to be either
- scalp problems exacerbated by co-wash product or technique
- very fine/ thin hair that is easily weighed down
- not using the right technique, more effort and product is involved
- using too heavy a co-wash product, expecting it to moisturise instead of merely cleanse without stripping
- something in their routine that builds up.
Obviously some of these could be overcome with perseverance, others not. It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing, plenty of people successfully combine co-washing with shampoo washing.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-13-2013 at 04:55 AM.
1. I generally cleanse my hair daily (minus a rare lazy day ponytail or if I oversleep and just use a headband). I workout six days a week- high intensity weight training in the morning before work (plus started running), and martial arts 3-4 days/week for up to 3 hours a day. My roots and scalp get sweaty, dirty and gross. I also don't care for my second day hair.

2. I use a variety of cleansing products. I have a very gentle, protein packed, pH balanced sulfate shampoo that I use before my PT/DT and will also use once every week or so if I want guaranteed awesome hair for a date or something. I have a couple of low-poos that I'm unsure about repurchasing because I find my sulfate shampoo is more gentle. I have three cleansing conditioners, will probably only keep repurchasing one. I can survive strictly on cleansing conditioner and occasional sulfate use if I wanted to. I also have one very light conditioner for traditional cowashing. I use what I think my hair needs each day (extra moisture vs extra cleansing, if I used cones the day before, etc)- I don't have a set schedule.

3. I rotate through way more products that I need because I'm a product junkie. I love to try new stuff, although I'm finally becoming more selective based on ingredients. My hair is very agreeable, so it does well with pretty much anything. Like I said above, I could reduce my stash to CHS Treatment Shampoo (sulfate), a cleansing conditioner with coco betaine (DevaCARE No-Poo would be the likely winner since it's one that I can get on the ground), and VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Conditioner.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
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How many times a week do you wash your hair and why?
I wash my hair once or twice a week. Once a week seems to be how long it takes for the light oils in my products to build up and when my scalp starts to itch (sensitive scalp). I'll wash twice a week when I'm playing rugby because I get dirt and god knows what in my hair.

Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision?
I low poo only because I have low porosity hair. I don't like many conditioners in my cleanser. I'm looking for a cleanser to take all the gunk off my hair, not add anything to it. As long as I'm not over stripping my hair or coating it, I find my hair doesn't get as dry as it used to before CG.

I don't co-wash in between because I have an incredibly dry scalp. I have dry skin and get rashes and eczema on my body, so you might believe my scalp doesn't produce oil. Since my scalp doesn't get oily, I don't feel a need to co-wash. I just wet and condition my hair daily.

I don't use sulfates because I don't need to. I'm -cone free, heavy oil free and the non-sulfate cleansers in my low poo work effectively.

What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them?
I always use warm to hot water. Once again, being low porosity I'm generally trying to open my cuticle for as long as I can. By the time I'm dried off and out of the shower it seems to be fairly closed and squeaky smooth.

The most important thing is massaging my scalp. Since going CG and staying away from ingredients I'm allergic to, like aloe and mint, I haven't had ANY dandruff what so ever. I use very little poo. I actually try and place it as close to scalp as I can. I massage first, then wet my hair to get more of a lather, and let the suds run down the length of my hair. When I'm done I rinse.

If I low poo I can also skip clarifying, which is nice, cause I can over do it.

Last edited by Jessiebanana; 05-13-2013 at 09:09 AM.
I wash my hair daily I have all of my adult life and will continue to do so as long as I am able. Why? to me its like taking a shower daily and my hair would not survive getting out of bed and going. If I have to wet it down in the shower and apply conditioner, may as well wash it. I am not a fan of piling on products on hair that has just been "wet down". I do not co- wash - I dont mean to offend anyone but that skeeves me out. I have been useing a sulfate free set of shampoos - the SM line - and am re-evaluating that too. I use warm water. My hair is coarse and low porosity, so product 'sit' on my hair which is why I wash daily and am re-evaluating the sulfate -no sulfate thing.
- How many times a week do you wash your hair and why?

Daily, partly out of habit and partly because I don;t feel fresh and awake unless I do. With all my products, I like having a blank slate every day to experiment with new combinations.

- Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision?

I tried co-washing with several different products, but they all left my waves/curls flat and limp, probably because my hair is fine & low porosity. I use natural low-poos and poo bars, because they are better for my hair and the environment (especially the bars - no plastic bottles!)

I've been shifting towards smaller companies like Shea Moisture and KBB that were on the CG bandwagon before it even existed I respect grass-roots entrepreneurship, and I want to promote it with my choices as a consumer.

- What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them?

I use warm water after I shampoo, but a cold final rinse to close the cuticle, since this reduces frizz and tangles. Also, I do everything upside down: shampooing, conditioning, detangling. This gives me more volume on top, which is key for me because I'm always fighting the pyramid effect.
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2c/3a, BSL, medium, low porosity
Low-poo: Bobeam and CV poo bars; Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell
Conditioner: Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell; Desert Essence Shea
Stylers: Sweet Curls Elixir Curl Cream; SM CES
PT: BASK Whiskey Soak
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I wash my hair daily I have all of my adult life and will continue to do so as long as I am able. Why? to me its like taking a shower daily and my hair would not survive getting out of bed and going. If I have to wet it down in the shower and apply conditioner, may as well wash it. I am not a fan of piling on products on hair that has just been "wet down". I do not co- wash - I dont mean to offend anyone but that skeeves me out. I have been useing a sulfate free set of shampoos - the SM line - and am re-evaluating that too. I use warm water. My hair is coarse and low porosity, so product 'sit' on my hair which is why I wash daily and am re-evaluating the sulfate -no sulfate thing.
Originally Posted by Myrna
I think saying it "skeeves" you out is a bit offensive and immature. You can just say it's not for you. Also, not everyone needs to shower daily either. It doesn't make everyone smelly and gross.

Last edited by Jessiebanana; 05-13-2013 at 09:27 AM.
Ok, here are my answers so far....

- How many times a week do you wash your hair and why? I generally wash every day or every other day depending on how my hair looks, or like today it's just going to rain all day so I won't even bother trying to fix it though it wasn't good second day hair. It's a ponytail and hat day for me.

- Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision? I low poo pretty much every time I wash unless I am doing a baso wash (which I have been doing about once a week or longer). I am still using cones until I figure out what I want to try next and have fine/medium to low porosity (I think) hair so I need to reduce build up. I haven't even tried co-washing yet, and likely won't until I find the products I like and that work for me first so I can be sure they won't build up for me.

- What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them? I like to shower in very hot water, so I do my low poo with that to open the cuticle. Then when I rinse out my conditioner I have been trying to do a cold rinse (though I HATE it and often end up with just cooler water lol) to close it back down since I am prone to frizz. I am still searching for the perfect products for me, but I have a couple of shampoos and conditioners I alternate between now based on how I feel my hair is any given day. I have also been experimenting with acv and using it a couple times a week either as a rinse or I am liking it mixed in with a bit of RO to help cleanse and close the cuticle more. It seems to help with my frizz a lot.


Before I went sulfate free my hair would be greasy by the second day if not the evening of the first, and I had a pretty persistent case of flakes on the top front of my head. Both issues went away with the change.

How many times a week do you wash your hair and why?

I low-poo daily, but I used sulfates daily for years and years with no serious issues before that (well, I'm not sure about NO issues because I wasn't trying to be curly at that point so I have no comparison but my hair wasn't particularly dry or damaged) -- my hair seems to be pretty impervious to anything I do to it, fortunately/unfortunately.

I hate the feeling of dirty hair and also my hair is fine so it plays nicer when I start with a "clean slate".


Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision?

I low-poo because it cleans my hair pretty much as well as the sulfate poos do and I want to be gentle to my hair when I can, and I don't use silicones anyway.


What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them?

I wash upright but then I condition, etc. upside down a la the Ice Queen method...I'm not sure how much good it does because I end up having to untangle the back of my head every time I flip back over after my shower so I'm disturbing a lot of the clumps, but I guess if it does a little good it's still worth it.

I also try to use really warm water to help open my cuticle for conditioner because my hair doesn't absorb ANYTHING.

2c/3a, fine, low porosity.

Poo: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean (yes, it has a mild sulfate, but I have Teflon hair)
Co-wash: VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
LI: GVPCB or
Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner (nothing to do with keratin straightening, just a nice conditioner)
Style: KCCC + Pantene Curl Shaping Gel (winter) or LALSG (summer)
Dry: Diffuse or air dry, depends on my mood


Last edited by Trick; 05-13-2013 at 10:59 AM.
- How many times a week do you wash your hair and why? I wash anywhere from 1-3x a week.

- Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision? I switch between cowashing, low poo, and a pH balanced sulfate poo. When I feel my roots are a little slick, I low poo. If the roots feel the same as my length, I cowash. I use the sulfate poo (CHS Treatment- very gentle!) about once a week, before my PT/DT. Between wash days, I always wet my hair in the shower and put on a LI. Second day hair is very rare for me.

- What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them? I'm not sure if I really have a technique; I take really hot showers, wash right side up, rinse, apply my condish and leave it on for the remainder of my shower, cold water rinse upside down.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
- How many times a week do you wash your hair and why? I generally wash every other day, I've done that for years. I've been washing a bit more often lately because I want to try things out and to fix hair disasters.

- Do you co-wash/low-poo/something else and why have you made this decision? I co-wash for the most part, I only recently found a co-wash and low-poo that I like so I'm not sure what my final routine will be but for now I just low-poo if my hair feels heavy/coated and before a DT or PT.

- What washing techniques (so things like warm/cold water, etc) work particularly well for you? Why have you opted for them? I wash right side up using the two new ones I like. I was doing upside down for some of the thicker co-washes I tried because I was having trouble distributing them. I think right side up works best for me though because my hair is long and if clumps form with the wrong bits of hair they just break up when I stand up and try to arrange it. I have stopped using a RO when I cowash because all that condish was too much, I'm currently just using a LI and a styler.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
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