Can you co wash on relaxed hair???

My hair is really getting on my wick! It's so so short (as I cut a lot off) an it's so hard to manage so fly away and gets dry after a day. I was just thinking of conditioner washing only? Will I see an improvement???


  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This is really a natural hair site but the reason your hair will be dry is lack of moisture retention.

    This means things like deep conditioning and coconut oil pre-poos will work.

    Washing your hair less and avoiding products with alcohol in them will all so help.

    However most women with relaxed hair have the issue they use such heavy oily products, wash their hair so infrequently and avoid getting it wet in between they don't need to co-wash.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair is colour treated so there is damage somewhat similar to relaxing. I co-wash and use a slippy leave in conditioner applied to wet hair before towel turbanning even when I wear my hair straight. Both really help control pouf and keep hair feeling soft and looking shiny.

    Proven beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. All should be compatible with conditioner only washing.

    Heavy silicone use is incompatible: stick to water soluble (prefix PEG-) and amino ones (eg amodimethicone). L'Oreal use amodimethicone in many of its ceramide and/ or 18-MEA conditioners.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • Jamieleigh93Jamieleigh93 Posts: 56Registered Users
    Yes I know it's a "natural" site but, there's a lot people trying to find help on transitioning.
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,065Registered Users Curl Novice
    You can try cross-posting on the "Transitioning" section!

    I don't think there should be a problem co-washing the relaxed hair. Just make sure you cut out silicones.
    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
  • JenT007JenT007 Posts: 2Registered Users
    I'm currently transitioning , but when I was fully relaxed I co washed. I still shampooed sometimes. It won't hurt just to try it out to see how your hair will respond.
  • Jamieleigh93Jamieleigh93 Posts: 56Registered Users
    Thanks for the replies. I have been co washing since I asked the questions and my hair is in much better condition.
  • pinkwolfpinkwolf Posts: 430Registered Users Curl Novice
    You sure can. :) When I was relaxed I co-washed like every 3 days (along with protective styling) and it really helped my hair. I aimed more on the protein enriched conditioners. (ex: Suave Coconut, Strawberry & Milk) Combining this with honey & EVOO gave me amazing results.
    *Natural 3C/TWA* :toothy7:
    Wash: BS/ACV, ABS, KC Come Clean
    Conditioner: Garnier WB Honey Treasures
    , Garnier WB Apple & Green Tea
    Pre-Poo: Oils & Honey Mix
    DC: Garnier WB Honey Treasures Mask, SM 10-N-1

    PT: Super Mayo Deep Conditioning Treatment
    Leave-In: KCKT
    Whipped Shea Butter
    EVCO, Jojoba
  • ZeldahimeZeldahime Posts: 223Registered Users
    I'm relaxed and I love CG, but my hair does great with it whether I'm relaxed or not. Yes, Yes, run with it! You will probably also benefit from using a RO conditioner as a LI as well! I typically cowash everyday or every other day and haven't had any problems at all. You can go longer inbetween washings, but I cowash often to keep allergens outta my hair.
    Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.

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