Ingredient(s) in As I Am Coconut Cowash that breaks up my 2C curls and causes frizz?

I love the smell of this cowash and thought the ingredients looked fine; it does get my hair pretty clean, and leaves it *feeling* pretty soft, but it makes my (2C) hair look terribly dry, like straw. The ringlets underneath won't clump, and the top of my hair is flat *and* flyaway. I've been following this cowash with my normal summer routine of a leave-in, styling cream, and oil to seal, and the difference between this and any other co-wash I've used (which are all fine, if not spectacular) is REALLY apparent.As I Am's co-wash seriously leaves my hair like my high school horror stories when I didn't know any better than using regular, sulfate shampoo daily. I won't be purchasing again, but am trying to figure out what the problematic ingredient is that I should avoid on labels going forward -- anyone have an idea?

2 Answers

Do you have other products with coconut oil in them? How does your hair respond? My hair has very little tolerance for coconut it makes it feel like straw while it is in my hair and really dry afterwards. Coconut can mimic protein to the hair so if you are getting a lot of protein in other products this might be indicating an overload or slight sensitivity. I love V05 conditioner as my co wash but my hair is fine! If I had thicker I'd try Suave Naturals or even more moisturizing, Tresemme Naturals. Sometimes products also don't play well with others. There may be other stylers you could use that won't have this effect over the AIA co wash, like maybe all AIA products? But it seems easier to change your co wash than to change all the others if you are happy with them. What else are you using?
Thanks for your answer! It's not the coconut: I pre-poo with coconut oil before I deep condition weekly/every couple of weeks, and it does wonders for my (dense, coarse, high-porosity) hair, really makes my curls clumpy and healthy-looking, and there's coconut in a lot of my other products -- I actually seek it out as an ingredient. And yeah, since my stylers seem to work fine with whatever other cheap conditioner I'm using that day as a cowash -- I splurged on AIA since it's like an "official" cowash to see if it would make a difference -- I know the AIA is the problem. For leave-ins I switch off between Miss Jessie's Leave-In Condish (my fave) and Kinky Curly Knot Today. For stylers I like Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler or JBCO styling lotion, depending on how heavy of a product I need that day. For oil I use Jane Carter Solutions Nourish & Shine or pure argan oil, again depending on how serious of a sealant I need/how humid it is outside that day. Here is the full ingredient list for the AIA coconut cowash: [1] Water; [2] Cetyl Alcohol; [3] Cetrimonium Chloride; [4] Cetearyl Alcohol; [5] Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil; Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil; Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Powder; Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Fruit Extract; Phytosterols; PEG-40 Castor Oil; Stearlkonium Chloride; Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract; Quaternium-18; C12-15 Alkyl Lactate; Fragrance; Potassium Sorbate; Methylisothiazolinone; Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Resin; Potassium Chloride; Limonene.My suspicion at this point is focused on Cetrimonium Chloride, which is the THIRD ingredient, and so far as I can tell is a surfactant, and is also used as a preservative. I see this ingredient in two other products I have that are... fine, I guess, but I wasn't planning to buy again: Shea Moisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Mask (8th ingredient) and Eden Bodyworks All Natural Leave In Conditioner (12th ingredient). Maybe there's just TOO MUCH of it in the AIA and my hair can't take it.