Did I already mess this up?

Hi ladies!

I am super new to this site and CG but have looked over the stickies and whatnot.

I just started doing CG method, and thought I was doing well. Started out with Suave clarifying shampoo, then used Burts Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet conditioner for a RO. Followed that with a little coconut oil, then some Pureology leave in conditioner stuff, then Herbal Essences Totally Twisted gel.

That was 2 days ago, now today I did a cowash with Suave Naturals Green Apple conditioner, then did everything after that the same. Now today I was looking at the Pureology leave in stuff and noticed that it actually has amodimethicone in it.

Now I'm wondering, do I need to use a sulfate shampoo again and start over? Or can I use the Burts Bees Super Shiny shampoo I got to have on hand (since I was skeptical about having a greasy head only cowashing haha!) Or can I continue cowashing and doing the CG routine and just stop using that leave in?

Any help would be greatly appreciated by this newbie!! I really want this to work, I'm tired of hating my curls!

Oh, also I used to shower/wash my hair every other day but my curls look pretty bad the next day. Should I cowash every day? Or just use a RO everyday, or just get my hair wet and use my gel? Not sure how to go about this...


  • tstawitztstawitz Posts: 13Registered Users
    Before you shampoo, you could try a Baking soda cleans with an Apple cider vinegar rinse. When ever it feels like I am getting build up or greasy hair I do that. I add baking soda into my RO conditioner, run it through my hair leave it on for a few seconds and then rinse out, since I have super low porosity hair I put some more conditioner on at this point and wait a few mins. At end of my shower I rinse out the conditioner and do a final rinse with ACV. It helps seal in the moisture, this makes my hair feel super smooth and clean. So I would try that before going back to shampooing.
    I co-wash once every 7 to 10 days, but everyday after I let the water run over my hair I massage my scalp to take away any sweat or stuff that could build up and make it gross.
    Everyones hair is different. I would try out what works for you. Some people co-wash every day. I have fine, low porosity hair and my hair can't take that,
    but you should try it and see what happens.
    I am still trying to perfect my routine:neutral:.
  • PatricksHoneyPatricksHoney Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thank you for the advice! I was wondering how the baking soda/ACV rinse worked, so it was nice to have it explained how to do it.

    I didn't know what to do this morning so I did do what I believe you would call a "low poo" with the Burt's Bees shampoo I had, since I found the section here that explains which shampoos take out which silicones and the BB had coco-betaine which it said should take out the amodimethicone. However, if my hair starts to feel greasy/like it has a lot of build up I am definitely going to try the baking soda/ACV.

    As of right now I am skeptical if I am going to be able to do the no shampoo... My roots seem like they get greasy super quick and the length feels kind of icky. But maybe I just need to give my scalp time to adjust and quit overcompensating, and maybe I'm just so used to my ends feeling dry that moisturized feels weird to me... I really hope this ends up working for me!
  • tstawitztstawitz Posts: 13Registered Users
    I know what you mean, it is hard at first. I found the best way to do it is go cold turkey. I haven't washed my hair in over a month and it has been dry for most of that time. It wasn't until i figured out what porosity and hair texture I am that I learned how to deal.
    Some people low-poo once a week and it works for them, personally I don't want the temptation, but if you think that is what would help you or make you feel more comfortable than go for it. Just see how your hair likes it.

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