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Co-washing doesn't work for me

RJKY74RJKY74 Posts: 22Registered Users
There, I said it! I was CG 3 years ago when my hair was long (prior to having my daughter) and it worked great, for the most part. At the time I thought I had medium/coarse, porous hair.

I did a big chop after the 3 months postpartum hair-loss. I now have chin-length hair that has never seen a straightening or curling iron and very little blowdrying.

Now my hair is acting like fine, low porosity hair. Someone tell me how to work with this, because I have no idea.

Also, does anyone else notice that co-washing makes your hair look darker? I'm not ok with this. My auburn hair looks dull, dirty brown if I don't low-poo (or even sulfate poo) regularly. I love the curls, but not the flat, icky brown that I get with co-washing.

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  • CurlyGrey3CurlyGrey3 Posts: 508Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    There are plenty of people here who need to no-, low-, or even shampoo on a more or less regular basis. My hair tends to be dry, so I'm trying mostly cowashing with an occasional low-poo and it seems to be working for me so far.
    Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
    Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
    Current favorites:
    Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
    Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
    Style: FSG, BRHG
    Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

    iHerb discount code: PNQ285
  • jakrussel3jakrussel3 Posts: 423Registered Users
    LOW POO! There's nothing wrong with using low-poo. Many fine haired wavies cannot co-wash. It weighs down their hair too much. :) In the spring and summer, I low poo twice a week. In the winter and fall, I low poo once a week and co-wash once a week. Then my stylist uses sulfate shampoo when I get my hair cut (about every 3 months). My hair doesn't look dull at all and it feels great.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
    Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
    Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
    Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
    Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
    Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
    Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
  • Purplecurls17Purplecurls17 Posts: 152Registered Users
    I with you in the darker hair thing. I low poo a few times a week and cowash in between. My harsher clarifier is used twice a month to remove hard water build up. My hair is darker blonde with light blonde pieces throughout. My actual roots are lighter I noticed. Strictly cowashing and the CG method made my hair look dirty because it was noticeably darker... Like my boyfriend even noticed lol.
    Just do what works for you. If you need to low poo or shampoo now in then do it!
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    No co-washing for me! Made me shed like crazy!

    I'm so curious as to why co-washing is making some of you darker-haired!
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • RJKY74RJKY74 Posts: 22Registered Users
    wavydaze wrote: »
    No co-washing for me! Made me shed like crazy!

    I'm so curious as to why co-washing is making some of you darker-haired!


    I think it's either buildup or the fact that the hair is retaining more moisture...hair is always darker wet than dry.
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    That makes sense!
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • wavycurlygabywavycurlygaby Posts: 12Registered Users
    My hair is more happy with low poo:toothy4:, cowash don´t work for my hair.
    2b-2c type hair.
    CG since october 2012.:love5:
    Co wash: VO5 Conditioner Two times a week.
    Low Pow: Loreal Ever Sleek once a week (scalp only).
    Rinse out conditioner: VO5 conditioner.
    Deep Conditioner: Naturaleza y Vida Mascarilla hidratante de aloe y enebro, once a week.
    Leave in: VO5 conditioner half water half conditioner.
    Gel: VO5 gel light hold.
    Mousse: Caprice Rizos Definidos.
    :love10: My hair love plopping!.
  • JhtdrtJhtdrt Posts: 56Registered Users
    My hair seems darker since I started curly girl as well. I don't strictly co wash because my hair is too fine but it definitely appears darker. I also made some flax seed gel, and I really liked it but my hair was definitely darker and kind of dull looking with it so I haven't made any more of it.
  • kleinehexekleinehexe Posts: 80Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm glad I came into this subforum. I just started CG method this week. My hair is so dark.

    I usually have medium blond with light blond highlights (natural highlights) and my lighter strands are just gone. I really liked my natural highlights.

    I'm trying to figure out my hair. So, I'm wavy for sure. Everything from loose waves to really curly almost ringlet waves.

    I believe my hair is low porosity. It's very smooth and squeaks when I did the finger slid. It also takes several hours to dry.

    I have fine to medium texture. Mostly fine on top and then it gets a little thicker. The thicker strands are curly as well.

    I've co-washed once (using GF Pure and Clean) and then "washed" with just water yesterday. My hair is just so dark and wet looking. It looks like I have a ton of gel in my hair, but I have no product in it.

    I bought some sulfate free poo today. I'm hoping my hair will be better using that. I'm not liking this heavy, greasy, wet, dark look.

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