(Closed) “Co-Washing” Hair-has anyone tried this?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve been thinking about it. Currently I only “poo” once a week. Do you condition your hair? I have pretty dry hair naturally so I’ve been thinking about the bar shampoo.

Post # 4
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did that for a while! I liked it, but the vinegar smell was a little much, and eventually I felt like my scalp got kind of oily as a response to how clean that treatment was making it. I think if I went back to that, it would be as kind of a back and forth with that and normal shampoo, as it doesn’t seem to quite jive with my scalp.

Post # 5
21 posts

I haven’t used shampoo in over 2 years, and I love it!  Although, it doesn’t sound like exactly what you are talking about.  I don’t know your hair texture, but mine is curly and I use the curly girl method.  Basically I “co-wash” with a light conditioner, and then condition like normal using a heavier conditioner, also I don’t use products with sulfates or silicones. My hair used to be greasy by the end of the day, but using this method I can go probably almost 4 days without a sign of oily hair! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, there is tons of information at naturallycurly.com 

Sorry if this was off topic, it was just about the best beauty related decision I have ever made, so I had to share!

Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve been doing this since July now and my hair has never felt better. It is much straighter and has much more shine and body. When my hair feels a little dry, I’ll either rob ujust a little bit of EVOO on the ends or make a mask using equal parts egg (raw), honey, and EVOO. Put my hair in a ponytail and saturate only the pony. It really helps!

Post # 7
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

One more thing, so any of you no ‘poo with hard water? At home, my water is soft and works well with my hair. At my dorm,  the water is very hard and I’ve had to resort to bringing a jug of water from home (I go home on the weekends) to rince with because my hair gets tacky and waxy-feeling. It has always done this even before I started no ‘poo. Any tips?

Post # 8
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m not too familiar with the method you’re talking about, but I co-wash often. Sometimes as much as 3 or 5 times a week, sometimes once a week.

I still shampoo, but only once a week or every two weeks with a no-sulfate shampoo.

I have curly/coily/course/kinky (say that five times fast HA!) hair and co-washing definitely helps it to stay moisturized. I use cheap conditioners like Suave, VO5, Herbal Essences, Aussie, etc. for co-washing. Yes, they’re loaded full of silicones, but they seem to work fine for my hair.

If you’re using ACV and baking soda, I definitely don’t recommend it for everyday use. That seems like it would make your scalp’s oils produce more, causing it to be oily. ACV is often used to clairify and most of the people I know who use, only use it every couple of weeks. ACV is also good for porosity and pH levels, so I’d be careful about using it too much.

Naturallycurly.com is a great resource even if you don’t have curly hair.

Happy Researching!

Post # 9
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@PinkMagnolia: I also started washing my hair only once a week this summer (Pantene shampoo and the conditioner you get from the at home hair dye packs).  Honestly, it’s been working really great for me. My hair is shiney and strong and I have no split ends, despite the fact that I haven’t cut my hair in over a year.

Post # 10
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Man I am completely lost on what y’all are talking about but it sounds so interesting!! Where could I get more info on this stuff? Also, I have super greasy hair (like I can wash it in the morning and it is stringy by night) so would this even be possible for me?

Post # 11
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@natbug21: me too! to both of your comments… total confusion about this post and incredibly greasy hair.

please ladies, please explain your poo habits for those of us who are inexperienced!

Post # 12
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I too would like info on no poo.  I wash my hair maybe 3 times a week and have switched to all natural products that contain no sulfates, etc and don’t test on animals or use animal by-products.  Any info would be helpful!

Post # 16
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I only use shampoo once a week.  Lightly condition my hair every other day or two.  I have curly/wavy hair.  It’s helped keep the frizz/dryness down a lot.

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