No Poo Quesstions

Hey ladies, I am a new transitioner & want to start doing the no poo method

Quick questions:
1. Can I still co wash with organic conditioners
2. Do I apply the "no poo shampoo mixture" to my hair on my scalp only or all over my hair

Thanks!!
Whether a product is organic or not organic is not important, it's the ingredients, not every conditioner works well for cleansing. If you want a thorough cleanse you want a decent percentage of cationic surfactants, not too many oils or butters. It's generally wise to either try something you happen to have in the house but didn't much like as an actual conditioner (perhaps too lightweight) or a drugstore product that comes tried, tested and recommended by other curly girls.

There are organic specialist curly hair or Curly Girl friendly ranges, which probably include cleansing conditioners or conditioners that could be used to cleanse. CURLS, Abrey Organics, Crown Pride, Shea Moisture, JASON, Avalon Organics, Dr Bronners, Yes To ... ranges have some/ all organic ingredients. There are loads of reviews on the US Curl Mart and the UK Curly Emporium sites so you can see which work as co-wash and which do not.

You cleanse any part of your hair or scalp that needs cleansing, just as you should with shampoo. Some people get a greasy scalp or build up of skin so need to focus their attention on the root area, other people use a lot of oils or heavy conditioners so need to concentrate on the lengths so they don't get build up.
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/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-11-2013 at 08:23 AM.
I wouldn't chunk your shampoos unless they have harsh sulfates in them. I've heard from two natural hairstylist that there is no need to co-wash & don't recommend anyone to co wash. One especially thinks co washes are designed by marketers to feed to product junkie in black women who will spend oodles of money on their hair because it makes them buy oodles of conditioners.
I wouldn't chunk your shampoos unless they have harsh sulfates in them. I've heard from two natural hairstylist that there is no need to co-wash & don't recommend anyone to co wash. One especially thinks co washes are designed by marketers to feed to product junkie in black women who will spend oodles of money on their hair because it makes them buy oodles of conditioners.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
CO-washing simply means conditioner only washing, there is absolutely no need to purchase a product marketed as a 'cleansing conditioner', plenty of us use super cheap generic/ store brand conditioners. I use Inecto which I can purchase for <$2.50 and that is not even the lowest price option here in the UK. AFAIK washing hair in conditioner came BEFORE branded products jumped on the bandwagon.

And what on earth does conditioner only washing have to do with your ethnicity? Plenty of Curly Girls are not 'black', Lorraine Massey (Deva) and Jessica McGuinty (Jessicurl) are caucasian, they both advocate this style of washing for most curlies regardless of skin colour as do many curly hair stylists Devachan-trained or not.

I've used various sulphate free shampoos, I still get unmanageable poufy hair. CO-washing also made my stopic eczema/ contact dermatitis heal, my mother switched from sulphates to cocoamipropyl betaine but does not co-wash (thin straight hair) she got 'only' a 50% reduction in her atopic eczema/ SD. I'm sure many hairdressers would be horrified but frankly since not a single one ever managed to identify that I have wavy/ curly hair that is 2c at the front and I can walk all over many of them in terms of scientific knowledge .....

And if you still think 'black' hair shouldn't be CO-washed why not check out the numerous YouTube videos of natural ladies raving about it? Might not work for all but please do not be so negative about a technique that is a miracle for many of us especially not on the 'Shampoo Free Method' board.
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/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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