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Question about low-poo

Hi!

This may be a stupid question but I really don't know. I'm a beginner when it comes to CG. xD
I've noticed quite some curltalk users use a low-poo AND a co-wash. What's the point of a low-poo? The main difference between shampoos and conditioners is that shampoos contain sulfates, right? Then what's the point of a sulfate-free shampoo? Can't you just use a co-wash? Does using a low-poo have any benefits?

Thanks in advance, I'm glad I'm learning more and more here everyday :)
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Current length: tailbone
Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

HGs:
Clarify: Nivea
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D

Comments

  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    A lowpoo is a shampoo that has a "gentler" surfactant--rather then a sulfate. There are certain lowpoos that can be as harsh as using a sulfate. Unfortunately, it's all trial and error. Some cleansing conditioners contain mild surfactants, like coco b. It's all what the manufacturer wants to call them.

    The point of cowashing is to cleanse your scalp by using friction, rather than a surfactant. Some people feel they need to use a little more, on occasion, so they lowpoo.

    I started using natural soap bars to cleanse when they were the rage on nc.com about 4 years ago. For me, they were just enough to use the residual ingredients from the really rich products I use. They aren't enough to remove chemicals or a few other ingredients my hair doesn't like (mineral and castor oils.) For that, I need a lowpoo with a stronger surfactant, or a sulfate.

    You have to find out what your hair likes.

    It takes a while and you have to read, read and read some more. Eventually, you'll "get it." It's confusing in the beginning, but it does get better!
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Hey, thanks a lot for your elaborate answer :) I understand it better now ^^
    4-2.png
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D

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