Cold Water Rinsing (Before/After Product Use)

FireFlowerFireFlower Registered Users Posts: 137
Good morning....

Upon searching and reading about products and techniques re. curl definition, I tried the cold-water rinse after product use to enhance curl definition (diluted Giovanni Direct Vitapro Leave in) and some Fantasia IC (blue) gel and combed through with a wide-tooth comb. Well, The curl definition was there in the top and the front, but not so much in the back (only a couple of inches though, so that may be the reason; texture looks the same all over).

The bigger issue was that apparently I used WAAYYY TOOO MUUCCCHH product on my hair and I got this sudsy thing going on. I tried to rake/comb/push out the excess. I think this may have reduced the definition a bit.

Any suggestions on how to balance all this out?
Classic 4a/b, fine, dense, normal to dry, low porosity


  • CurlilocsCurlilocs Registered Users Posts: 821
    For about 2 inches of hair, a lot of it is trial and error, I've had the sudsy thing happen to me when I was in twa stage. Maybe you don't need the leave in and the gel. It could be that the key to definition for you maybe more hold and a moderately high amount of moisture through conditioner rinses until it really starts getting used to just being free. It's almost like your hair has to retrain itself. After I BC'ed my scalp was sore for a couple of days and I had no curl, after about 2 weeks my hair grew out some and the curls started to happen, but I kept doing the same thing to it daily. Also, maybe smoothing and scrunching product through would be a good technique vs. the comb, at least until you get more length. Also, the temp of the water has never made any difference for me. HTH!
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  • TroDousTroDous Registered Users Posts: 241
    I never tried it that way. I get more coils when I co-wash and I rinse the conditioner all the way out with warm water then I put on some watered down conditioner then do a cold water rinse. This keeps my hair moisturized for most of the day and gives me good definition.
    Coily, springy, major shrinkage!
  • ms.gms.g Registered Users Posts: 173
    i rinse cold after i condition then add my leave-in or moisturizer.
    all natural.

    my head is full of naps, coils, kinks and thickness. :)
  • VanillaholicVanillaholic Registered Users Posts: 49
    I do the cold water rinse before I apply product. It seems to work better for me that way.
    Wiry?, baby fine strands densely packed with different textures and curl diameters seemingly on each individual strand.

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