JUST bought new shampoo....use it or start co-washing???

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I just learned about co-washing, but right before that I purchased a new shampoo for curly hair. HERE is what I bought. Now I don't know if I should keep using this curly shampoo or just go for the co-washing method. Then I either waste money on the purchase of the shampoo or hope that I can return the shampoo. :/ My new stylist is willing to switch out the Aquage gel if that doesn't work for me (it ismaking my hair crispy). But not sure if he'd be willing to let me return the shampoo too. Only used it a couple of times, but still.

So my question for all of you is, continue using the shampoo I JUST bought, or go for the co-washing method. I have a really good, healing, moisturizer conditioner I would use.
Hi, my suggestion is to go ahead and start cowashing, but keep the shampoo, if it doesn't contain sulfates. I shampoo twice a week and find that this regimen is ideal for my hair. May not work for everyone. If it contains sulfates, however, give it to someone who doesn't mind that, or see if you can get your money back. Good luck!
If you don't like the shampoo and don't want it, they should give you your money back, hands down. Unless their policy states no returns.. but if he's "willing" to take back the gel, then there's no policy like that.

Keep in mind that cowashing is not for everybody - especially if you have hard water. It's up to you what you want to do. I couldn't find any ingredients for the shampoo, so can't give much guidance on that front.

The alternative is to cowash between shampoos. This is sometimes very beneficial to refresh your curls from buildup.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
Do you like the shampoo? If you like it, then use it. If you don't, then don't

I wouldn't worry about needing to start co-washing. As sixelamy said, co-washing isn't fo everybody. I personally don't co-wash, I low-poo instead and get great results.

Just use what works for you!
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Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature Raspberry and Cranberry
D/C: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly / Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I do have hard water....so how does that play into things? Does that mean I should shampoo? At least sometimes? The shampoo is sulfate-free and salt-free.

Not sure I love or don't love the shampoo. I wouldn't know how to decipher that. I have been flat ironing my hair for a while. It was very curly until I got pregnant 8 years ago and then I lost the curl. (Looking back at pictures, I totally forgot how curly it was!!) I never knew about the curly method back then but somehow managed to do my curls pretty well, though I don't remember what I used. So anyhow, I lost my curl 8 years ago when pregnant and have had yucky wave and straight parts and stuff. Now the curl and better wave is coming back so I am trying to help bring it back and trying to figure out what to use. So I got a ouidad hair cut and now trying to figure out how to style my hair well.
Just because most people don't realize that the term sulfate detergents covers a lot more than just sodium laurel sulfate, here's a link to Live Curly, Live Free's product ingredient information, with a list of (14) sulfate detergents.

It's also important to keep in mind that manufacturers now put silicones in a lot of shampoos, so you should check for silicones in the ingredients also.

Sorry, I tried to find an ingredients list for it, but wasn't able to.

We have very hard water, and I've had no problems using the cheap and easy to find conditioners which are great for co-washing, Suave Naturals and the VO5 Herbal Escapes and Moisture Milks lines. They contain EDTA, which is a chelating agent. I should add that I've been doing this for over five years.

Edited to correct sodium detergents to sulfate detergents in the first paragraph.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

Last edited by Morgan_Adcock; 11-16-2013 at 03:36 PM.
With our hard water, my hair gets pretty gunky feeling when I cowash. It feels like my scalp is coated, and when I scratch my head there's a white residue under my fingernails. I don't get that when I use my low poo. I bought a shower filter and it's a lot better now, but still not great. I had some serious scum on my hair before I started low pooing, I couldn't believe the change in the color of my hair.

By all means try it out, but just know that if it doesn't work, don't fret about it. There's no rule that says you have to cowash or you're not a real curly girl.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
Sixelamy - What made you see a change of color in your hair? low-pooing or the shower filter?

I actually ordered a shower filter online and it should be her Tuesday.

How will I know if the co-washing is working or not? What am I suppose to be looking for?
~Laura~

2a/b hair....I think??

Doing my hair curly is all new to me after blow drying and straightening for years.

Currently Using:
- Activator: JC Rockin Ringlets
- Hold: Spiralicious
Testing Deva AngelCare after getting my hair cut.

So I just looked at a water hardness map. Everywhere I have lived in the past had soft water according to a general map until where I am now, which shows hard water. Interesting. And I had curly hair in these other places that I liked. Hopefully the water filter really helps.
~Laura~

2a/b hair....I think??

Doing my hair curly is all new to me after blow drying and straightening for years.

Currently Using:
- Activator: JC Rockin Ringlets
- Hold: Spiralicious
Testing Deva AngelCare after getting my hair cut.

As to whether the co-washing is working well for you or not, I use the same criteria as with shampoo are my hair and scalp clean. The one time I thought they weren't I did a brown sugar scrub (added a tablespoon of brown sugar to my co-wash conditioner, then gave myself an extra special scalp massage. It gave me a much better sense of how well I needed to massage my scalp when co-washing, and I've had no problems since then.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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