X-post: does anyone NOT use a rinse-out?

LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I'm gonna post this in General Discussion too for obvious reasons.

My hair is low-porosity so apart from making it easier to detangle my hair I don't see much benefit from the many RO's I've tried. My hair is fine too so when I cowash, then do a RO, then do a leavein (because that's the only thing that will stay on my hair long enough to sink in) my hair gets pretty weighed down. I have yet to find a lowpoo that doesn't either leave my hair coated or stripped. Just for the record I definitely see a difference if I don't use a leavein or use one without lots of protein, ie I get minimal wave, so at this moment I don't believe the leavein is the issue.

So I've been considering just skipping the RO. It seems like I could just cowash, rinse, put in some leavein (I use a PT usually) let it sit some while I do other stuff, detangle, give it my normal quick rinse to smooth out the tine lines and then move on to stylers. Anyone doing anything similar to this?
:nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
:thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!


  • ltdeforrestltdeforrest Posts: 61Registered Users
    I do that fairly often. During the winter, my hair needs more moisture so I do use a rinse out as well as a leave in. During the spring and summer, that usually weighs my hair down so I "listen" closely to my hair. If it feels dry, then I'll use both, otherwise I just use a leave in.
    3a, baby fine i/ii, low to normal porosity, protein sensitive
    Mod CG since 5/12, from rainy Western WA:toothy2:
    dislikes: glycerin, wheat protein :pukel:
    Likes: moisture, Mag Sulfate
    Poo: Elucence Moisture Acidifying Shampoo
    Cond: CJCR, DB pumpkin seed, TJ TTT, Elucence MB
    Protein: one & only Argan oil hydrating mask
    LI: JC WDT
    Style: UFD curly magic, Sweet Curls Elixers flax seed cream and HHG (Etsy)
  • NoumenonNoumenon Posts: 86Registered Users
    Using a pre-poo, co-wash and RO works really well for my dry hair, its my guarantee of a good hair day. That said I have super thick very dense hair and it quite hard to weigh down.

    Also my co-wash costs less then $4 for 1Litter, it does a really good job of cleaning my hair particularly given I use Coconut oil as my pree-poo, but doesn't do much in terms of adding moisture. I leave my RO in overnight and wash it out in the morning. Its time consuming but it take less time getting my hair to sit pretty in the morning, and its less damaging then using heat.
    Modified CG since 8/12
    Hair: BSL, Thick, Low Porosity, Dense, 3A
    HG's: Moogoo, Ultraorganics Intense Camomile Conditioner and Clear Henna Hair Wax, Sukin Conditioners, CO, Spray Bottle, Henna
    Low-Poo: Moogoo Shampoo
    Co-Wash: Sukin Nourishing Conditioner
    LI: Sukin Moisture Restoring
    Colour: Henna
  • LauraimesLauraimes Posts: 882Registered Users Curl Novice
    I'm not sure if you still want to know, but I've done that for a long time. I bought a conditioner that has lots of oils because I was convinced I had coarse hair, but it didn't do anything for me other than making it supersoft and weighed down. That way, I discovered I had fine hair and that I had low porosity. It simply didn't penetrate the hair shaft, leaving me overconditioned all the time. After long consideration, I ordered Aubrey Organics GPB, which works well, but in-between, I just low-pood. I didn't even use a LI because I don't have one (and I don't think I need one - it would probably weigh down my hair even more). My hair got perkier, though slightly on the dry side.
    F - LP - HD - L/NE
    Fine, low porosity, high density, low/normal elasticity
    Hairtype 2c

    Low poo: SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo
    Detangler/RO: KCKT with 
    Colorful Neutral Protein Filler
    Styling: KCCC

    Beauty Is Not a Number
  • unepetitepruneunepetiteprune Posts: 46Registered Users
    I've only begun CG a few days ago and I've found that a RO is not necessary for me. My hair detangles really easily in the shower with just co-washing so I don't need a detangler either. I just co-wash, use a leave-in, and then gel. I figure the simpler the better too..so I don't get overwhelmed with all the different products and steps, being so new to this and all..
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I've been wondering this too. Im still having trouble with finding a rinse-out or what qualifies as a rinse out. Im still not exactly sure what the difference is between a cowash conditioner and a rinse out.. I can probably just google it.. Someday
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte

    Essentially both are just conditioner, the difference is how they are used:

    There are 'cleansing conditioners' which are marketed to curlies and usually contain ingredients to make them effective cleansers, but they still condition (ie moisturize, provide slip, soften hair).

    'Regular' conditioners generally include some cleansing ingredients too but any condish can be used as a cowash because its really the friction of massaging it on the scalp/thru hair that cleans. The same is true for any cleanser (soap, shampoo, face wash).

    So in general; a cowash is whatever conditioner one uses to clean the scalp and hair, it is usually applied to the scalp, massaged well, rinsed out with more scalp massage. A rinse out is a conditioner that is applied, left on without massaging scalp, then rinsed out. A leave in condish is any condish put on and left on after which the hair is dried, styled, etc.

    Pretty much any type/brand conditioner can be used for any of these uses.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • okyouwinokyouwin Posts: 157Registered Users
    I feel like my cowash and curl cream are enough right now. My hair feels soft with just these 2 things. If I see a little frizz I spritz that area with 50/50 water and conditioner. Sometimes I put a tiny amount of olive oil frizzy spot...still trying to figure that one out!:shock:
    I'm going to go ahead and say 3a
    fine/medium texture and a bit porous-I color
    Spring routine: Renpure luxurious argan oil shampoo/Loreal Advanced Care Color conditioner , HETT gel
    Microfiber towel/diffuse
    Trying KKCC
  • killthebananaskillthebananas Posts: 8Registered Users
    I'm not using a RO right now. It's summer right now so i can get away with a little less moisture, I think.

    I've also been experimenting with completely natural washing and conditioning methods. im currently using water and honey as my "shampoo" which I find to be rather conditioning so it's the only thing I've been doing to my hair in the shower.

    I'm also planning to make some herb and oil infused rinses for days when I want to condition because I just used a RO today for the first time in a few weeks and my hair was way OC'd and limp.

    I use alba botanica products which do a really good job of detangling.
    CG since 8/21/12
    3B, Fine, Low-Med Density, Low Porosity, Normal Elasticity (I think...)

    I love henna! :love5:

    Poo: Shampoo Bar
    Co-Wash: Yes to Cucumbers
    LI: Innsersense Organic Beauty Sweet Spirit
    Styler: Alba Botanica Strong Hold Gel

    check out my blog for more info about my styling routine @ http://killthebananas.blogspot.com/

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