Sunday, June 10, 2012

Co-Wash Update/Modified Curly Girl Method

You guys already know that I'm trying to take shampoo and combing tools out of my hair care regimen. I was successful for about 3 weeks but after a run, my scalp felt so itching and dirty that I just had to. I immediately regretted it.  My hair was doing awesome. It was retaining a great deal of moisture when I was co-washing with Tresemme 24 Hour Body conditioner.  Don't be upset with me but I also decided to do a twist-out and I used my detangling brush before I did my twists. I regretted that as well. I had so much hair in the brush. So now I'm back on track. No more detangling brush. I'm only going to finger detangle in the shower while I'm rinsing out conditioner. As far as shampoo goes, I'm still going to have to find a balance. I'm probably going to try to only shampoo once a month before a henna treatment or something and co-wash every 3 to 5 days, if I can make it 5 days.  This is abnormal for me. I'm doing mostly wash and gos which I haven't done since my TWA days. But it seems to be working for my hair. The less manipulation, the better.

I guess you can call what I'm doing a modified version of the curly girl method.  I say this because I'm not using shampoo or I'm using it less.  I'm washing with a cheap conditioner instead(co-washing). I'm not using any gel but I may in the future whenever I want more hold. The EcoStyler gel worked when I first tried the curly girl/tightly curly girl method. You can read about that here. With the curly girl method, you're supposed to use a rinse-out conditioner as a leave-in. According to the directions, the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioning Milk - 12 oz.can be used as either a rinse out or leave-in conditioner. I use Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioning Milk - 12 oz. as a leave-in. It works for my hair.  I apply it on damp hair instead of dripping wet hair and I guess that how it's modified. This modification happened by accident. My daughter woke up while I was doing my hair and, of course, I had to tend to her first and then get back to my hair.  But it works. One thing you do have to watch out for is white hair from the product I find that rubbing in it makes it go away.  If you're worried about frizz, then you can use a T-shirt to dab it instead of your fingers.  What I do is slightly different from the curly girl method because I don't normally use gel and I apply the leave-in on damp hair and not soaking wet hair. If you want to learn more about the curly girl method, I'd google it(that's what I did) or you can buy the Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey.  I've never read the book but according to other bloggers, it has a lot of good information in it. It's only like $11 bucks or less.

Here are pictures of the results from the wash and go that I did this morning. I can dig it. Plus, my hair feels so moisturized. I can't keep my hands out of my hair.  So, yeah, I'm going to keep going with this method and knock out combing and shampooing out of my regimen.  


  1. I love your blog! Lots of good info. I started doing the CG method on my transitioning hair. Strange huh? Well, I want to benefit in the moisturizing property that the method provides. I just started using Paul Mitchell Leave in conditioner (Generic) and at first I didn't like it... but now I do. I use it alone, with no gel and I also did try it with SMCES and my hair stayed moisturized all day! Yeah. Check out my blog:

    1. Hello, fellow blogger. Hey, moisturized hair is the best hair. I've been seeing you around the way. I think that we follow the same blogs. Your blog is great for transitioners. Thanks for stopping by and I'll definitely be checking out your blog.