Co-wash help??

Hey guys!

I have been CG for a couple weeks now, and have been co-washing instead of no-pooing. My problem is that despite having dry hair, my scalp can get kinda oily. My co-wsh isn't quite cutting it. Do I need to try a different condish for it? Is there a type that's better? Or should I just stick with no-poo? Also, what's the benefit of low-poo? Is that for people who mod CG?

TIA!

-Breesy
I find that I have to use an extremely light conditioner for co-washing. My favorites are Suave Daily Clarifying and VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea. Also make sure you're using lots of agitation to your scalp- both as you're cleansing and as you're rinsing. Some people, especially withh fine hair, cannot co-wash exclusively and rotate in a low-poo (sulfate free shampoo) as needed. This is still considered CG. Modified CG would be more along the lines of rotating in occasional cones or sulfates.

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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
I would keep with the co washing for a while longer, concentrate on massaging the scalp really well. When I first went co many years ago it took my scalp a while to adjust. I've read that it can take up to two months for some people. My scalp was used to having all its oil stripped off with every shampoo, and it felt really oily at first, but once it got used to co, my scalp started producing a lot less oil.

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2c/3a-M-ii porous, good elasticity, APL, dark brown with a silver lining. Biggest enemy: frizz!
Corrina777 and earthnut (love the username btw ) are both giving you great advice and info. I have fine, 2B hair and straight cowashing works really well for me. I use an ACV rinse if I feel I need clarifying, but I haven't done it in a long time, maybe because it's in the PT I use every week. I use VO5 kiwi lime as my co wash and RO. It has protein in it so if you are avoiding that, the VO5 mint tea Corrina777 is a good alternative.

I would keep with the co washing for a while longer, concentrate on massaging the scalp really well. When I first went co many years ago it took my scalp a while to adjust.
Originally Posted by earthnut
Definitely agree with this! At first I wasn't massaging my scalp enough and would get this white, gunky buildup (yuck). Also it took awhile for my scalp to adjust and for me to find the right products. Btw do you know your hair properties? If you can find those out, you will be able to get more specific advice on product recs and styling techniques. Of course, everyone is different. I'm one of the few wavies with fine hair who does straight co washing, apparently. LOL. Good luck and keep us updated!
2b//high porosity//fine texture//medium density//low elasticity//loves protein
Lo-poo: SMMR, SMC&S
Clarifying: VO5 shampoos
Co-wash: VO5 conditioners
RO: VO5 conditioners
Styling: AIF, FSG, gelatin gel
PT: IAGirl's gelatin treatment
Thanks so much, everyone, for the advise! I need to do more digging into my hair properties, and maybe I'll understand what it needs.


I'm an aesthetician- so skin I get, but hair? No. I might as well be learning Latin! Haha.

I might try a lighter conditioner. I've been using Desert Essence Coconut as my co-wash. I'll keep everyone's advise in mind, and hopefully it'll work out!
Hi,

I hope you ladies can help me out what's the difference in a rinse out condish and a co-wash condish? I see a lot of curlies do both?
Hi,

I hope you ladies can help me out what's the difference in a rinse out condish and a co-wash condish? I see a lot of curlies do both?
Originally Posted by botanika2
Typically a co-wash conditioner is going to be lighter than a rinse-out. I use clarifying or cleansing conditioners to co-wash and then a richer conditioner on the length of my hair because the length of my hair needs lots of moisture, but my scalp really doesn't.

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
Some use one conditioner for both purposes. I like the simplicity of using one for both.

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2c/3a-M-ii porous, good elasticity, APL, dark brown with a silver lining. Biggest enemy: frizz!

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