Giving Co Washing a Second Try…

Yes, I know.. Last time it was a HOT ass mess, but this time I’m using a different conditioner and I don’t plan on doing it exclusively. I will still be shampooing when I feel I need it. But with the cooler weather and dry heat all around, I figure a little extra moisture couldn’t hurt.

 

When did all this start? Well, I got lazy actually. LoL! I went the whole weekend and did SQUAT to my hair. Come Monday, my hair was dirty and needed redoing. So having like an hour to get ready, I decided to just rinse with some conditioner and slather up with gel as best I could. Well, I got several compliments!! And I had a pretty good and easy hair week. Most days I just spritzed and maybe added a little oil and went. I was shocked every time I got a compliment!!

 

So, after watching one ofΒ those irksome WenΒ commercials, Β I’m trying it out again. This time instead of using a cone filled conditioner like Aussie, I’m using my Tresemme Naturals which to my best knowledge is cone free. Plus I don’t use as many products as I did in the beginning. I was kind of worried about the Ecostyler not getting completely washed away, but it seems to be working pretty well. And my hair feels way more moisturized, obviously, than it did with even the WONDERFULLY perfect L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo. I think winter is the perfect time to try this again. So hopefully this will end well. πŸ™‚

 

And product reviews!! I have tried a few more products! Some I reviewed on YouTube, but not on here, so look for those in the near future. Among the products I’ve been using I finally tried Eco Styler and fell in LOVE with it!! I’m also on ,as mentioned above, Tresemme Naturals and L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo. Both have been working wonders for my hair. I’ve examined my hair texture and came up with some interesting discoveries. Well, one discovery and came to a very peaceful conclusion. πŸ™‚ So look for all those posts to come. πŸ™‚

 

But for now, I am done. Thanks for Reading. πŸ™‚

 

Jen

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Wednesday 11/9/11- Week 3

Wednesday 11/9/11- Week 3

Yep… This was my third week co washing… And the LAST! LoL! Well not really. Well, yes that’s it in the line up. Remember I was going to do 4 weeks on, 1 off. Yeah, I think 3 is my limit. So for me week 4 will be a shampoo. So I’ll be 3 weeks on, 1 off CG. Why? Man. My hair was great.. I mean.. STELLAR!!! The first 2 times. First 2 weeks. My curls were poppin’, my hair was soft and shiny and just plain great. I mean I was SOLD!

Well, this week.. Not so much. I haven’t really noticed much build up on my scalp, but my head is… ITCHING like CRAZY!! And my hair is out right sticky! Now, my hair feels clean after I cowash, so it’s not just out right dirty, but.. I don’t know how to describe what’s going on. But what I do know is to keep this up infinitely, I would have to cowash every DAY, and that sh*t ain’t happening no time soon!! So, next week will be my shampoo week. πŸ™‚

Far as looks, Rebel isn’t looking bad or anything. I mean no one is looking at me like ” What fresh HELL?!” And quite frankly I could give a f*ck what these people say about my hair, clothes or anything else. SO, I’ll say, I HAVEN’T BEEN LOOKING AT IT LIKE THAT! But I can tell that it’s time to start fresh. πŸ™‚ Last night I put some of my African Pride Lotion in it dry, as it doesn’t work at ALL on wet hair- seriously it will just run yellow crap all over the place if you put it in wet hair. So dry hair, and I baggied as usual. Now, I don’t really heart the AP lotion. But I love the scent. It smells like some sort of candy. And I’m trying to use up all my disliked products. Like a personal use up to buy challenge. I may find a way to love this product by the time I use it up, but if not I won’t be buying it again. Much like my once HG product Vo5 conditioner. It “works” but Aussie just put it to shame. Aussie is Rebel’s LOVER! I mean they get it on like cats under the porch! LoL! Aussie don’t PLAY! So Vo5, sorry buddy. You gots ta go… :p

I still wanna try grease soon. Dax is the choice to try. So look for that review sooner or later. And I tried that Olay lotion. One try and my mind is set. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

And.. I guess that’s it. πŸ™‚

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Jen πŸ˜€

Just a Few Wash Day Musings.. :)

This is my three little piggies.. LoL! Please excuse my dirty mirror. I just got conditioner all over it! SMH.

 

 

These are the actual sections I detangle in. YES, three big sections. I found the reason I was HATING combing my hair was because of those micro sections some naturals suggest you part your hair into! I was making like these tiny sections and my hair was in the way, and it was hurting and STILL breaking my hair.. Oddly enough, my hair believes in strength in numbers. A bigger section well combed, I get less breakage and less pain. Just as effective if not MORE so! It’s one of those “listen to your body” deals. It applies to hair too.

Β  Today, I cowashed with Vo5. Funny thing about conditioners, when you put them on your soaking wet hair, it seems to lather a little bit. I thought it was just my Aussie, but seems the Vo5 does it too. Of course it’s not really “lathering” but it kinda makes me feel like I’m getting some cleaning action. πŸ™‚ Of course I detangled and deep conditioned- actually AM deep conditioning with Aussie. I’m still in those 3 ponies right now with my plastic cap on. My hair felt so soft when I was detangling. So far I’m enjoying cowashing very much. This is week 3.. I think I have one more co wash, then an actual shampoo with my Dove Daily Moisture to get all clean and start all over. πŸ™‚

 

OK. Just sharing some photos. πŸ™‚

 

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Jen πŸ˜€

Thursday 11/3/11

Thursday 11/3/11

Ok. I’m in total love with CG. Well, not sure it’s TOTAL love. I love the way my hair has looked all week. It’s been curly and soft and moisturized. I mean. The softness of freshly cowashed hair can’t be beat. As far as my hair’s appearance, I am totally pleased.

But my scalp is another issue. Now, I can’t say it’s really bad as of yet. I did the “finger nail test and did see some grease, which isn’t really bad. Your scalp is supposed to produce oil. So that’s not “bad” especially on day 5. And it’s a little itchy. I’ve read that when first beginning curly girl, your scalp has to adjust to not being stripped with shampoo and you may get itching and oily and just plain nasty for anywhere between a week to a few MONTHS! Then after that, if it’s for you, your hair will be awesome. Well, I don’t plan to give up my suds for life. But I would like to do 4 weeks on, 1 shampoo, then back to 4 weeks on. Maybe I’ll be able to go longer. Or maybe it’ll be shorter. It’s all about listening to your hair, as you would your body. At this point it’s too soon to tell how Rebel will react to this. So far, she seems to like it. But I also know she like SLS shampoo with a high coco betaine mix. But hates SLS free shampoo. Go figure. So I already know I can’t go full CG.

And for those who have the issue with people saying co washing is wrong. Chaz Dean is making a fortune off that very idea. Wen costs $30. I can get a bottle of Aussie for $4.97 for 33oz. And they’re both doing the same thing!! AND I don’t have to use half the bottle per wash! I guess it’s all about marketing. Personally I don’t talk about hair care to the general public. That solves most of the problems right there. πŸ™‚

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Jen πŸ˜€

Wednesday 11/2/11

Wednesday 11/2/11

Well I had to do a quick co wash this week. I took as much care as I could in the time span of a SHOWER! it came out pretty good given the rush job I had to do. I am really getting good results from cowashing and I’m really surprised. I use to cowash when I had locs and just shampooed when they seemed to need it. Exactly why I stopped once I was loose I don’t know. Well, yeah I do. My thinning hair in the top. I’m still not sure about that. Or if not shampooing was causing it. It’s not getting worse or anything and I believe it’s tension related. My locs were really long and heavy (not abnormally heavy, but just heavier in one big mass than loose hair would be. So it was pulling more and I’d gather after nearly 6 years it made a permanent part in some spots. I’m hoping it will fill back in. If not, as long as it’s not getting WORSE, I can live with it.

Anyway, what I’ve been doing to my hair these days- and I guess this is gonna be my winter regimen- is cowashing weekly. I will be pre treating with the Vo5 Moisture Milks conditioner. If I can manage, I’ll do this over night. I’m a little scared to let it sit over night because it boasts having soy protein or silk protein or SOME sh*t! But I know it claims to have protein, and I’m protein sensitive. I know my hair doesn’t love the Vo5 like it does the Aussie, so there’s a good possibility I won’t be buying more when I run out. Anyway, for this pre treat, I’ll cover it with a plastic cap.

Next is the cowash with my HEART, Aussie Moist conditioner. Pretty simple. Just slather it on. I massage my scalp, but I TRY not to rub much conditioner on my scalp, so I’m pretty much just using water and friction to clean my scalp. You don’t want conditioner gunk building up on your scalp. So after a good massage, detangle with my wide tooth comb, then I rinse it out well.

While my hair is SOAKING wet, I mean DRIPPING wet, before plopping (wrapping your hair in a cotton tee shirt for those not in the know) I apply a generous amount of Aussie as my leave in. A generous amount for my length is about 2 full pumps. One over the back, one over the front. I then squeeze the excess water and conditioner out (similar to the Tightly Curly method) and wrap my hair with the tee. I finish up my shower and routine if I’m not in the shower I just leave it on for about 10 minutes.

If my hair seems too dry when I uncover it, I just either spritz or wet my hands and put a little water on it. Then I seal like CRAZY. Right now, since I’m trying CG I use coconut oil. And I really.. REALLY get it in. I completely coat my hands about 4 times and rub it on focusing on my ends.

After that I style. I still use my regular glycerin based gel. Since I seal well, my hair doesn’t get dried out. And the gel has so many beneficial ingredients- water, glycerin, aloe Vera. Good stuff!- that I wanna keep using it and I don’t see a better product out there. So. πŸ™‚ Sometimes I shingle and comb each section with my wide tooth comb, others I just get it in. Just making sure to get my hair well saturated with it. When I do this, I just part it with my fingers down the middle and across and rake it through each section, making sure to focus on the ends. After that I just shake and arrange if I’m going out, if not I just shake and let it dry.

So that’s how I plan to manage my hair through the winter. It would be nice to twist it up and wear caps and all that crap, but honestly I’m too cheap to buy all those hats and I’m too fu**ing lazy to do all that twisting. I hope my hair is resilient enough to thrive loose. If not, I feel real damn sorry for my poor Rebel. :p

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Jen πŸ˜€

Monday 10/24/11 – Technically 10/25/11 * HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMMIE JACKSON! (10/25/40-4/18/86)

Monday 10/24/11 – Technically 10/25/11 * HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMMIE JACKSON! (10/25/40-4/18/86)

Ok with all that out of the way. I got off early today so I figured I’d get my post out of the way. Remember yesterday I said I loaded my hair with product because I am perpetually LATE? Well I WAS as usual. Since I took my time shingling gel in, my curls were really defined and SHINY. They were a little smushed when I got up but for the most part they were just as defined as they were before the bonnet and plastic cap. So I decided to try to just spritz and go as the ladies say. And…

WINNING!! My hair was still loaded with Long Aid, so adding more would have been over kill. I was a little apprehensive about doing it like that because my hair gets dry in a SNAP! But honestly there was so much gel in my hair, it looked AND felt like I’d just put it in. My fro was big and poppin’, and I was going to just pull it back anyway for work. What was there really to lose? Well, 11 hours later, it is still moisturized and soft. And the curls are really defined after all these hours. I think it’s doing pretty good. πŸ˜€ I mean, I can’t keep my hands out of it! I think this is my BEST hair day.. EVER. Well, loose and natural anyway. I mean it is just.. SOFT!

Could it be the cowash? I did cowash yesterday instead of shampooing. Does Rebel NOW like a little curly girl? I even plopped with a tee, Honeys, I was REAL good this wash day!! LoL! And it paid off. I will NOT be going full curly girl. I have to wash my hair with shampoo. But maybe I don’t have to EVERY week. With the weather getting cooler I need to retain as much moisture as possible. There were several differences actually. I applied leave in (Aussie) to my SOAKING wet hair before plopping- and I used more this time. So that may have made it come out better. In any case I’m having an AWESOME hair day.

Now tomorrow may be another story!! LoL!

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Jen πŸ˜€