Cowash/no poo method for people with wavy hair

Okay, so I am trying to commit to no shampoo/co-washing and am on day 2, but already my scalp is EXTREMELY greasy. As in there is no way I can wear it down and be presentable. Is this normal? I usually wash my hair everyday. Should I try co-washing instead, or will this make the problem worse?

I have wavy hair (2c) that sometimes verges on the edge of curly. My hair is very thick and long, so while my scalp is extremely oily, my ends are not.

I am half Italian and suffer from what I like to call "euro grease" (this is typical among members of my family, so I don't think it's a hormonal issue). Does this mean that maybe the curly girl method isn't for me?

I am new to this, so I appreciate any thoughts or tips!
Welcome! Various possibilities
- your previous sulphate or alkaline shampoo has irritated your scalp/ damaged your skin barrier and it has been pumping out more sebum to protect itself, this can reset quickly or can take some weeks as the skin repairs and calms
- your diet is not balanced/ is pro inflammatory
- the amount of co-wash product/ type/ technique/ rinsing did not get your hair clean
- you applied too much leave in conditioner
- some combination of the above.

You can co-wash daily if you wish, some curlies do. You might also try blasting your scalp with very cold water before washing, this can help 'empty' the sebaceous glands. Do not wash in hot water and massage gently, you don't want to overstimulate the glands thereafter.

If you think the issue might be irritation/ damage to the skin barrier be sure you are now using super gentle/ neutral products with short ingredients lists, not those packed with fragrances, irritant preservatives or plant extracts. Ideally use products that are pH 4.5 to 5.5 as this will respect the skin's protective acid mantle.

Dry shampoo like Batiste can be beneficial for the hairline, just spray plenty on and gently wipe off the excess with a soft microfibre towel. If the crown is greasy you can generally disguise that with a few strategically placed kirby grips.or again you might be able to use dry shampoo.
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
Thank you! This is all very helpful. I think I might need to "transition" my hair because until very recently I've been washing it every day with sulfate shampoos.
When I used to shampoo daily, my scalp would get greasy pretty fast, so when I started co-washing I had to do that daily too, but my hair was not greasy. I've only been CG for not even a full week, but I can already see the difference not only in my hair but my scalp. I use a lot of heavier, more moisturizing products because that's what my damaged hair likes (coconut oil, CJ smoothing conditioner to co-wash, CJ rehab) so I was a little worries that my scalp would get oilier, but the opposite happened! I just had surgery so I haven't really been able to shower since Thursday morning, and I used a lot of coconut oil too, before and after (to prevent my hair from getting dry and tangled, if it got greasy I figured at least I'm not really going to leave the house) and surprisingly it's not greasy AT ALL today. Give co-washing a week or more if you've been using harsh sulfates and your scalp could surprise you!
Just starting CG! 5-13

2A, fine, dense, high porosity, highlighted

low-poo: Leonor Greyl bain vitalisant b*
co-wash: CJ smoothing*
RO: ^, SS Caitlin's*
DT: CJ rehab
LI: CJ rehab
stylers: CJ CCCC*
oils: coconut


*experimenting
HG

loves: aloe, oils, esp. coconut
hates: acv, baking soda
on the fence about polyquats

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