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Old 03-07-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
 
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Wink Can I do the co-wash while doing the transition?!?!?

Im doing the grow out challenge and I really wanted to know if I can do the co-wash while doing the transition my hair is half curly and half permed
does the permed part need shampoo?

I would really appreciate the help
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:35 PM   #2
 
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I think your permed hair will be less dry with co-washing.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:31 PM   #3
 
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You can definitley cowash with the two textures. I hope you're using a sulfate free, cone free condish to keep your hair moist and not dry or dull. You could use cheap yet effective conditioners like Aussie Moist, Suave Naturals, VO5 Moisture milks and Herbal Essences. They can all be found at walmart, cvs, rite aid, any place where beauty products are sold. If you haven't done so, try DTs. They will add moisture to your hair.
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Hi!

I am in the same position as you are with new growth yet maintaining my previously relaxed hair until I get comfortable enough with the length to do the BC. I tried to co-wash a few days ago and found that my scalp became itchier faster than when I used poo and cond. Admittedly all my hair, new growth and relaxed, was MUCH softer and more moisturized doing the cowash.

I'm wondering if perhaps the itchiness is just a phase that my scalp will go thru until it gets used to no poo. The other advice you got is true in that you should deep cond/treat your hair every 2 wks or so. I alternate between DT and coconut oil.

Does anyone know if the itchy scalp is an adjustment phase?
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:07 AM   #5
 
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@cerisenoire: How often do you clarify your hair? You may be experiencing product buildup and should incoporate either a clarifying shampoo or a baking soda rinse to your regimen. I do this once a month and add a teaspoon to my shampoo of choice. Of course I only use sulfate-free poos and conditioners and I baggy before each wash with oil and conditioner. If the clarifying doesn't help try adding tea tree and peppermint oils to your products for additional relief or mix these oils with witch hazel for an invigorating scalp massage.
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If you haven't done so, try DTs. They will add moisture to your hair.
What's a DT?
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If you haven't done so, try DTs. They will add moisture to your hair.
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A deep [conditioning] treatment. You add a deep conditioner to the hair, and leave it on for an extended period of time--such as an hour. Then, after, you wash it out.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:29 PM   #8
 
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Hey Everyone,

So I'm transitioning to natural as well and letting my perm grow out - cutting as I go along. I keep reading threads about co-washing. Can someone educate me as to what co-washing is? Thank you so much!! I dont mean to sound too ignorant, but I am new to all of this, but loving the journey :-)
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So I'm transitioning to natural as well and letting my perm grow out - cutting as I go along. I keep reading threads about co-washing. Can someone educate me as to what co-washing is? Thank you so much!! I dont mean to sound too ignorant, but I am new to all of this, but loving the journey :-)
It is basically washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo!
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Hiya!

Another cowash question... Is there a such thing as cowashing too often? I cowash at least 3 times a week, I love the way it makes my hair feel...but am I overdoing it??
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Another cowash question... Is there a such thing as cowashing too often? I cowash at least 3 times a week, I love the way it makes my hair feel...but am I overdoing it??
Nope. I do it 3-4x a week since I live in a dry climate (Southern California). If you don't see any severe breakage, it shouldn't be a problem.

I do agree with the sensation of it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #12
 
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You can definitely cowash while transitioning, I think cowashing is better than shampooing your hair. Me personally I love cowashing my hair because it keeps my hair full of moisture. I still transitioning myself, I did a pre-chop like 3 weeks ago because I wanted to get rib of most of my relaxed ends. I cut about 3 inches on my hair, that is a lot I think, but I did it because my natural hair did not blend well with my relaxed ends and I was getting tired of my hair. I'm very excited about my natural hair journey and I am looking forward to this experience!!! LOVE MY NATURAL HAIR!!!!!!
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:19 PM   #13
 
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Yes, you can. But if you use oils and silicone products, you should plan on shampooing ever so often to avoid buildup.
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