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Old 03-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #21
 
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I use Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter conditioner, and its perfection for my hair. I go through a bottle every 2-3 weeks. I usually buy 2 at a time for about $20 and change from target
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:07 PM   #22
 
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+1 for the SM SB masque. its a staple of mine. I have never tried the SM SB conditioner but have heard rave reviews about it. I only go to Target for my SM products because they seem to be cheaper there versus Walgreens & CVS!
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:46 PM   #23
 
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I co-washed for the first time this past weekend. I initially considered getting a cheap conditioner because I knew I would be using a lot. My concern was the ingredients in the cheap conditioners (alcohol and cones). I ended up going to Whole Foods and buying two of the most natural conditioner I could find. Since it was too thick, I mixed it with distilled water (half/half). So what do you CG's think? Are you comfortable with the bad stuff to avoid the poo?
I'm definitely not. I absolutely love the Tresemme Naturals conditioner for cowashing, but I hate the ingredients. I've tried quite a few organic and/or natural conditioners and nothing has compared. They're excellent rinse outs or DC's, but they don't get the job done cowash wise (sensitive, oily scalp).

I'm currently trying the As I Am Coconut CoWash and I really like it. That may be the closest I get to a "natural" cowash. Unless of course I decide to go the juices and berries way...
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I co-washed for the first time this past weekend. I initially considered getting a cheap conditioner because I knew I would be using a lot. My concern was the ingredients in the cheap conditioners (alcohol and cones). I ended up going to Whole Foods and buying two of the most natural conditioner I could find. Since it was too thick, I mixed it with distilled water (half/half). So what do you CG's think? Are you comfortable with the bad stuff to avoid the poo?
I'm definitely not. I absolutely love the Tresemme Naturals conditioner for cowashing, but I hate the ingredients. I've tried quite a few organic and/or natural conditioners and nothing has compared. They're excellent rinse outs or DC's, but they don't get the job done cowash wise (sensitive, oily scalp).

I'm currently trying the As I Am Coconut CoWash and I really like it. That may be the closest I get to a "natural" cowash. Unless of course I decide to go the juices and berries way...
I just remembered that Shea Moisture came out with a cowash conditioner. Maybe that's the answer for those who want a natural alternative.

Sadly, I can't use it because my hair hates the coconut and hibiscus line.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:49 AM   #25
 
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I just remembered that Shea Moisture came out with a cowash conditioner. Maybe that's the answer for those who want a natural alternative.

Sadly, I can't use it because my hair hates the coconut and hibiscus line.
The C&H cowash is not formulated like the rest of the pink line. I think the ingredients are posted in the "new shea moisture " thread. I really like the cowash but find the rest of the pink line too heavy and stinky-sweet. The cowash has a light coconut smell.

I have had much better results with products labeled cowash, cleansing conditioner, etc. in general they are lighter than regular conditioner but not as stripping as lo-poos.
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I just remembered that Shea Moisture came out with a cowash conditioner. Maybe that's the answer for those who want a natural alternative.

Sadly, I can't use it because my hair hates the coconut and hibiscus line.
The C&H cowash is not formulated like the rest of the pink line. I think the ingredients are posted in the "new shea moisture " thread. I really like the cowash but find the rest of the pink line too heavy and stinky-sweet. The cowash has a light coconut smell.

I have had much better results with products labeled cowash, cleansing conditioner, etc. in general they are lighter than regular conditioner but not as stripping as lo-poos.
That's good news! Maybe I'll give it a try. I'm always on the search for a good cowash conditioner with good ingredients.

I'm not a fan of the smell of that line, either. It gets old very quickly.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #27
 
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The decision if to use a cheaper or more expensive conditioner is a bit more complex in my case. I have horrible scalp eczema, so products with an excess of chemical irritants or those low in the moisture department will not work well for me.

Some more expensive cleansing conditioners have a lot of peppermint or salicylic acid, which worsen the condition of my scalp. I prefer to use a cheaper conditioner since I need to use LOTS, but so far it's been tough to find anything my scalp is happy with.

Cheaper silicone-free conditioners with argan oil seem to be the best for me so far. This one is cheap, thin (easy to distribute) and works well, too bad I can't get past the sickly-sweet smell:
http://www.arganiaspinosa.co.uk/inde...roller=product
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:48 PM   #28
 
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I just started CG a few days ago and have only tried suave coconut conditioner and loreal evercurl sulfate free cleansing conditioner as my hubby and I are on a serious budget crunch. Maybe i didnt use it right, but the evercurl seemsd to stick in my hair and weigh it down. I mightve needed to rinse more. So far suave has worked well for me. We will see how it goes since this is my first CG week. Good luck dear!
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:55 PM   #29
 
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When I co-wash, I use Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut and I tend to use a lot of it at a time so I prefer that over an expensive conditioner. I do use an expensive conditioner for rinsing out and leaving in. I use DevaCurl One Condition for both. I tend to use less of that because my hair gets somewhat already moisturized and detangled from co-washing.
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I use a variety of cleansers; conditioner, cleansing conditioners and more. Here's what I have found....
If I use a cheaper conditioner for co-washing (Vo5 or Suave) I find I need to use a lot, close to 2 palmfuls sometimes. If I use a more expensive cleansing conditioner (Deva NP, Darcy's, CJDF) I use a lot less, not even a palmful. Then I will use a heavier conditioner as a rinse out.
**tressemme naturals is a medium thick conditioner for me which works fantastically as a co-wash and eliminates the need for a rinse out since its moisturizing. <3**

So really, it just depends on what I have on hand, time, or what the budget is. A more expensive cleansing conditioner conditions my hair where I don't need much of my heavier rinse out, if any.

Now if I co-wash with a more expensive conditioner (Deva OneC, Darcy's pumpkin, etc.) it eliminates a second conditioner all together since I will scrub my scalp and comb the conditioner through my hair to detangle, let it sit a few minutes and rinse. One step.

One thing though, I find with a thinner conditioner I use a lot more because I need to feel my scalp thoroughly covered and sometimes I will lose conditioner while applying to my scalp (runs out of my hand). A thicker conditioner is easier for me to distribute because I can feel exactly where I need or don't need more in my hair. As long as I scrub and rinse my scalp properly, I can use either cheap or expensive conditioners to cleanse. Note: My hair can handle heavier conditioners every wash (every other day)
Personally I think it's a matter of preference.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:04 PM   #31
 
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There are so many dozens and dozens of hair care lines out there, I don't see why it isn't possible to find an affordable conditioner that is best for your personal hair. I would personally balk at using an expensive one (let's say, $6 or more per bottle), because I'm dense w/low porosity and use several big handfuls every time I co-wash!

The one I use (in my sig) to co-wash is sort of mid-range pricing, I guess, but it is hands-down the best co-wash for me. With a little detective work I learned I can buy it in bulk at my local health food store. That makes it about half the price for the same amount!
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