graying curlies: how often do you CO wash or shampoo your hair?

SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
I was CO washing about 3x per week, including the day that I DT on the weekend. I am thinking of cutting back to one CO wash during the week and then DT on the weekend. I am hoping that a little less cleansing/rinsing will help my hair to be less dry and maybe keep my ends from being brittle (as it is, I get a trim every 8 weeks).

Just wondering what my gray-haired curly sisters do...
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!


  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    i cowash every day except the days i low poo which is about once every 7 to 10 days.
    since i started dt with heat with cj deep fix my hair has been very moisturized.

    also, it seems gray hair loses moisture fast, this was confirmed in an article by the curl chemist. the other thing that has helped my hair stay moisturized throughout the day has been cj aloe fix gel. i use this without a leave in and my hair has been great all day long.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • Honeyb0000Honeyb0000 Registered Users Posts: 42
    Hi there!

    I have been using Pure Life lavender no-poo a couple times a week and co-washing or water washing the rest of the week. I co-wash with Deva One C or the Pure Life lavender conditioner. I add some conditioner as a leave in too.

    I just can't seem to go a day without at least wetting my hair.

    But yes, my gray is pretty dry too and really hard to keep conditioned.
    Shampoo: Pure Life Lavender
    Condish Pure Life Lavender, GFTN
    LI: Deva OneC
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,729 Curl Virtuoso
    I condition wash 3-4 days per week. The other days I water wash my hair.
    I don't like my 2nd day hair so I wet it every day.
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey -
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Registered Users Posts: 1,031 Curl Connoisseur
    i do my multicolored gray transitional curls almost every day since i swim. when i go to the lake i put some CO after the swim and plop at the lake and walk back, that way if i dont have time when i get home and need to see clients my hair is kindof reasonable tho not optimal. i notice that the gray parts are straighter sometimes a bit drier...
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos
  • eweniqueewenique Registered Users Posts: 1,502 Curl Neophyte
    I cowash mine every 3-4 days. I don't like doing the whole routine every day, and my 2nd+ day hair isn't bad.
    2C wavy with some spirals. CG since April 07. Medium texture and porosity.
    COs: Yes to Cucumbers
    Stylers: Miss Jessies Coily Custard, KCCC

    Live Simply. Use Soap
  • LadyV69LadyV69 Registered Users Posts: 3,397
    These days I co-wash once or twice a week and lo-poo once every other week. I try to DT twice a month, but at times, it doesn't happen.
    Fine haired, low density, highly porous curly kinky lady
    Last relaxer: Not sure. 3/08 or 4/08
    BC'd: 9/18/09
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals, HEHH, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, CJ Daily Fix
    Leave-In: KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Stylers: ORS Twist and Loc Gel, KCCC, Ecostyler, SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque
    Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair, CJ Deep Fix
  • BarbarosaBarbarosa Registered Users Posts: 116
    I have to wet my hair every day but am trying to cut back the co wash to only 3X a week. Been leaving some of the conditioner in but noticing some build up.
  • RustinaRustina Registered Users Posts: 894 Curl Neophyte
    I used to use Daily Fix every 3-4 days and just water wash in between, but my hair is having a hard time staying moisturized lately. Don't know if it's the weather, the increasing amount of gray, or what, so I'm experimenting with co-washing every time I wet my head now (which is currently every other day, but will go to 5 days a week as soon as school starts back up).

    Sent from my iPhone using the CurlTalk app!
    Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
    Northern VA
    Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
    Dye-free since 11/2010

  • rmpbguamrmpbguam Registered Users Posts: 2
    Barbarosa wrote: »
    I have to wet my hair every day but am trying to cut back the co wash to only 3X a week. Been leaving some of the conditioner in but noticing some build up.

    Very lovely hair!
  • curlyprincess1curlyprincess1 Registered Users Posts: 468
    Once a week due to the drying. Curly hair needs moisturizing! Good luck!
    It's not easy being a princess, but hey, if the crown fits.

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