shampoo and co wash???

star99star99 Posts: 7Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
could i use any (sulfate free) products labeled as shampoo for a co wash since they don't have harsh surfactants? and I'm not talking about clarifying shampoos (sulfate free)  for example shea moistures retention shampoo as a co wash since it doesn't have any ingredients

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  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,353Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    edited January 9
    Strictly speaking, using a non-clarifying sulfate-free shampoo instead of a cowash for regular cleansing would be called low-poo, and is not considered the Curly Girl Method...if you were going to be strict about it. But many people (myself included) use a low-poo, often followed by a rinse-out conditioner, and this would be called Modified Curly Girl.

    But if you are trying to be strict with the CG-Method, you could technically use any conditioner than is free of the avoid ingredients.
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

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  • star99star99 Posts: 7Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    Oh my gosh that makes so much sense. I had no idea about there being a modified version. This helps so much! And clears things up a whole lot for me. Thank you! Also what’s your view on using moisturizing and sealing oils? I’ve read sealants aren’t good bc they block hair from getting moisture and can’t really be cleaned from hair? 
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,353Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    edited January 11
    I should be a little more clear. It isn't so much as a modified version but rather, many of use like the CG-Method principles but one thing doesn't work out as well for us, so we don't do that part. :)

    Sealants are ok if they work for you. This is assuming you are using a CG-Friendly oil as a sealant, as in no silicones or mineral oil added (which can block moisture and are difficult to clean). But as another example of modified curly girl...I once came across a thread of curlies here on curltalk who all swore by mineral oil on their hair.

    For myself, I love oils for oil treatment, but I don't do LOC for styling and generally oils weigh my hair down as a styling tool. Here are some great post about oils on the Sciency Hair Blog:
    Is this oil good for MY hair?
    Science-y Hair Blog: Oils – Which Ones Soak In vs. Coat the Hair?
    Oil Pre-Shampoo or Pre-Wash (And how to make it work for YOUR hair)
    What's Cookin': Oil Blend Recipe for Hair
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

    iHerb Code KQS149 for 5% off your order

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