Co-washing

 
 

You can make your own cleansing conditioner

eden bodyworks cleansing cowash

                                  I have never really liked the way shampoos left my hair brittle and dry. My curiosity was piqued when KLP of Saving our Strands published a post called making your own co-cleanser. She described how you can make your own conditioner cleanser (or co-cleanser). Her recipe is one part shampoo: two parts oil: three parts conditioner. I mixed my first co-cleanser using a ‘cheapie’ conditioner, a few squirts of shampoo and apple ciderRead More


Are Cleansing conditioners just a hype?

Daily Fix cleansing conditioner

Recently, I decided to take a closer look at my Hair One Cleansing Conditioner: it contains Amodimethicone which is a water-insoluble silicone. This means that it can only be removed by surfactants like Sulfates and Cocoamidopropyl betaine. What are Silicones? Hair One Cleansing Conditioner doesn’t contain any of these surfactants listed above. On its ingredient list, the only surfactant I could find was Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine which is a cationic surfactant. It is not strong enough to remove silicones. This is why continual usage of Hair One can eventually lead toRead More


Co-washing for busy women

Clipped up hair after co-wash

My last relaxer touchup stretch was 16 weeks and it is the longest I’ve ever gone. I would say that the thing that contributed most to my ability to stretch for that long was co-washing. I think that when I got to 10 weeks, I used to co-wash twice a week in addition to my regular washing and deep conditioning day. For this stretch, my favorite co-wash conditioner was Salon Selectives Daily Treatment S, Smooth & Shine Conditioner. I’m sure some people would love to co-wash more frequently but haveRead More

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