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Old 03-16-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
 
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Lightbulb Wait...how often do you cowash?

I never really made sure when I started CG (well, my version of it, anyway ) just how often I'm actually supposed to cowash. I guess I just figured it would take the place of shampooing and I would just do it as often as I used to shampoo, but the more I glean from reading other people's posts, the more I think I might be doing too much and actually hindering my curls.

Example: Even though I thought my hair was dry, damaged, and thirsty, I think I very well may currently be overconditioned (which is a definite first for me!), or else I had such terrible buildup in the underlayers that I didn't notice it until I got my haircut. Either way, I plan to do a vinegar rinse tonight, which will hopefully cure my dullness and frizziness, and also help out with the horrendous tangle issue I had yesterday.

So tell me - how often do you cowash, and do you consider a cowash to include the scalp rub, or just a general smoothing/combing of condish down the length of your hair? I do a scalp massage once a week (usually on the same day I DT so I don't forget either one), and just do a general combing through with condish (staying fairly clear of the roots) twice, sometimes three times a week. Is that too often? Should I be combing through condish only when I scalp scrub and just getting my hair dripping wet on the other days, or am I right on target and my problem is just that I'm so new at this that my hair is still "fixing itself"?

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Old 03-16-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
 
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I co-wash 2 or 3 times a week. I scalp scrub, detangle with my fingers, rinse, put gel and a little conditioner in my hair, plop, diffuse.
The other days I water wash, add gel etc.
I do a vinegar rinse a couple times a month and DT about once a month.
That's my whole routine!
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:11 PM   #3
 
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I only consider the co-wash to be the scrubbing thing. I wet down almost every day and condition, but I only scrub the scalp once every two or three days.
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I only consider the co-wash to be the scrubbing thing. I wet down almost every day and condition, but I only scrub the scalp once every two or three days.
This is exactly what I do. Except sometimes I go as long as four days before I co-wash.
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:54 PM   #5
 
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Like you, when I first went CG, I co-washed everyday (which is how frequently I shampooed). I learned very quickly what it is to have overconditioned hair LOL. I don't co-wash anymore because I find that my roots get very oily after a day or two, and the only way to really take care of it is to shampoo the roots--I just use a no sulfate shampoo so it's not too drying.

I wish I could co-wash and not get overconditioned--it'd be nice to be able to just have one product to use in the shower LOL.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:26 AM   #6
 
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I cowash, which includes scalp scrub, 2 to 3 times a week, usually. Maybe a bit more often in hot weather.

On the other days, I refresh my curls with water and perhaps a small amount of gel.
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I only consider the co-wash to be the scrubbing thing. I wet down almost every day and condition, but I only scrub the scalp once every two or three days.
This is exactly what I do. Except sometimes I go as long as four days before I co-wash.
This is pretty much what I do as well. I co-wash about every 3 days, other than I water rinse and condition. About once a week, or sometimes every 2nd week, I'll shampoo (sulfate free) and then condition.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:38 AM   #8
 
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I co-wash everyday. By this I mean rub my scalp using a Suave conditioner. I shampoo every Saturday. I haven't had any overconditioning problems since I've been using this routine (a little over a year now).
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:15 AM   #9
 
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I co-wash once a week in the winter and twice a week when the humidity rises. By co-wash I mean I scrub my scalp while there's conditioner on it. I condition daily.
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I cowash, which includes scalp scrub, 2 to 3 times a week, usually. Maybe a bit more often in hot weather.

On the other days, I refresh my curls with water and perhaps a small amount of gel.
This is what I do as well. During the summer when I get very sweaty I do co-wash more often; during the winter a couple of times a week; the rest of the week just a lite spritz of water and I'm good to go.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:47 PM   #11
 
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I conditioner wash my hair everyday. My hair really likes moisture and just seems to eat up conditioner like a sponge. I have very dry hair andI must stay on top of it.
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I condition the length from about the tops of the ears down with each wetting. In the winter, my hair prefers at least every other day. I can go longer in the summer.

For my scalp, I just WO (water only) but I did try my first ACV rinse today and I scrubbed my scalp with it too.
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I'm just starting it myself and my new stylist who is a HUGE CG fan, that you should start co-washing as much as you normally would shampoo and then taper down. She said she herself is down to twice a week. I hope this helps you, and hopefully I can get down to this myself!
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I only consider the co-wash to be the scrubbing thing. I wet down almost every day and condition, but I only scrub the scalp once every two or three days.
I'm the same way - think I'll be picking up a DT this week as I am highlighting on Sat.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:24 AM   #15
 
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I wet my hair everyday - no 2nd day hair for me. So I either poo (no sulfates) or cowash daily. I find because of the shampooing the cowashes do not leave me overconditioned.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:54 AM   #16
 
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I condition my hair (the length) everyday, but I only co-wash once a week. Although this week I had to co-wash after about 3-4 days because of a product I was trying that was causing buildup.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:52 AM   #17
 
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I do my whole routine, co-washing, conditioning, products, everything, every other day. Is that too much? Could someone tell me?
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:04 PM   #18
 
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I co-wash about once a week - is this not enough?
I condition every day unless I get 2nd day hair, in which case I add a little moisturising curl creme and some gel.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:13 PM   #19
 
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I was doing the same thing you were, co-washing everytime I showered, and I got a little over-conditioned too. So I did an ACV rinse, and now I co-wash about one to two times a week and water wash and condition from the ears down on the days in between. My hair is reacting a lot better. Oh, and I do the scalp scrub every time I co-wash.
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I co-wash (scrub the scalp) with a 1:1 mixture of conditioner and honey every Sunday.

I generally I go by how my hair feels when I soak it in the shower. If it feels super soft and silky, I probably over conditioned the day before and I just water rinse.

If I need to condition, which is most days, I use about 1/2 tbsp and just smooth over the canopy and underneath. I let is soak in while I wash, shave, etc... When I am ready to rinse, I flip my hair over and finger comb. Then I rinse.

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