cowash vs. nopoo?

CurlyQueerCurlyQueer Posts: 23Registered Users

Not sure this is the best place to post this, but I can't find a more likely spot either, so . . .

I came to all of this via devacurl, and so was exclusively using their products, despite those being out of my price range. I mention this because my ignorance is deva-inspired.

I have been using the nopoo, OC, and anGel. I used the nopoo about 1-2 times/week, OC everytime I shower/get my hair wet, etc. I have been reading a lot about the cowash method and am excited that the fave cowash's are products like Suave (84 cents! yes!) and I've read about various less expensive and awesome conditioners, and and and . . .

I don't think I understand the difference (if such a one exists) between 'cowashing' and 'nopooing.' What I'm asking, basically is: is Deva's nopoo just a really pricey co-wash? Or is is doing a different kind of cleansing that I should consider continuing (but maybe looking for another less expensive alternative)?

And where does the clarifying rinse fit in? Is that totally distinct? or does it serve the same purpose as a nopoo/lowpoo type of product?

Thanks in advance for helpin' me out!
2c/3a, fine-medium texture, low porosity
Currently in love :love3: with protein, but proceeding with caution
Experimenting with re:coil, KCCC and KCKT, love AO GPB, and conspicuously consuming enough new stuff to qualify as a CJ in training

CG since 6/1/11, pseudo-CG since 10/2010

I'll put almost anything in my hair once . . .much to my girlfriend's dismay!


  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    No-pooing and co-washing used to be essentially the same, but there's now a non-sulfate detergent in NoPoo, so I guess it's somewhere in between co-washing and low-pooing. I personally find VO5 Herbal Essences Kiwi Lime Conditioner my best co-wash, and since I started using it almost never feel the need to low-poo.

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008

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