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conditioner only washing
« on: 03 Sep 13 / 11:30 AM »
I have started conditioner only washing. Only done it a couple of times and it seems ok so far but I was wondering whether anyone else does this and whether it works for them long term?
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #1 on: 03 Sep 13 / 11:36 AM »
I've been conditioner washing for about 18 months now and it's been fab for my hair. Whenever I use shampoo now, like when I'm stripping colour, my hair feels so nasty afterwards - almost sticky? I use Tesco own brand coconut shampoo or Inecto and then Alberto Balsam intensive conditioner (honey and almond flavour). My hairdresser says my hair is in the best condition he's ever seen oon bleached locks!
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #2 on: 03 Sep 13 / 11:40 AM »
Thanks for your reply. That's very encouraging to hear. I'll keep going with it then. Is the conditioner you use silicone free? I'm wondering whether that makes a difference? Xx
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #3 on: 03 Sep 13 / 11:43 AM »
Yes, if you want to CO-wash you need silicone-free conditioner. All the ones I use are cone free - and cheap!
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #4 on: 03 Sep 13 / 12:21 PM »
I'm gonna give this another go!! So we put the first conditioner on and scrub, wash out then put the second on the ends then rinse?
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #5 on: 03 Sep 13 / 12:33 PM »
I've been conditioner washing for about 18 months now and it's been fab for my hair. Whenever I use shampoo now, like when I'm stripping colour, my hair feels so nasty afterwards - almost sticky?


Mine is the same.  I did a low sulphate shampoo the other day and I was a little freaked out because my hair felt just awful!  I couldn't believe how dry and stuck together it felt.  I don't use serums or cones, so I know I don't have masked damage.  My hair just hates shampoo now!  Ha ha!

Thanks for your reply. That's very encouraging to hear. I'll keep going with it then. Is the conditioner you use silicone free? I'm wondering whether that makes a difference? Xx


You do want to use silicone free for co washing.  You also want to make sure you're not loading your hair up with silicone in your styling products. Check here for the basics of co washing.  Check here for a list of silicone free conditioners for co washing.

I'm gonna give this another go!! So we put the first conditioner on and scrub, wash out then put the second on the ends then rinse?


Yup!  :D  I found I used about twice as much conditioner for the "scrubbing" portion than I would if I were just conditioning... and I used a lot of water.  You want to suds up the conditioner as much as possible.
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #6 on: 03 Sep 13 / 12:56 PM »
I put my "shampooing" conditioner (Tesco/Inecto) on, do my other stuff in the shower, add water and lather it up and rinse. Then I put on my "conditioning" conditioner (Alberto Balsam), leave it in for about two minutes and rinse. Finally I do a vinegar rinse, dry it and put in a teeny bit of coconut oil to tame any dry bits. Usually once, maximum twice, a week.
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #7 on: 03 Sep 13 / 01:26 PM »
I have been CO washing for about a year now - I use sulphate free shampoo before dying / protein treatments etc - I use "Faith In Nature" hemp and meadow foam shampoo) but the rest of the time I use Tesco Coconut conditioner (99p odd) to wash and Tresemme Naturals to condition. I read some bad stuff about Alberto Balsam on the long hair forum so I try and avoid it.

I still use some "cones" (they're in 99% of styling products) but even CO washing and the odd Sulphate free shampoo I don't find it builds up at all. I wash it twice with the thin conditioner (and lots of water and scalp scrubbing) then condition as normal with the Tresemme.
 

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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #8 on: 03 Sep 13 / 01:33 PM »
I would have never thought to use conditioner only washing if I hadn't stumbled upon this post just now! Is it really much better for your hair? Does your hair feel just as clean as when using shampoo? Doesn't it make it a little greasy?

Sorry, lots of questions, but I'm intrigued! :)
 

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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #9 on: 03 Sep 13 / 03:02 PM »
It's better for your hair *colour* because it's not as stripping as some shampoos - that's why a lot of us do it here. My hair feels just as clean, although in a slightly different way, as shampooing. My hair is already naturally quite dry even without me slapping a load of bleach on it though, so greasiness has never been a problem for me.

I read some bad stuff about Alberto Balsam on the long hair forum so I try and avoid it.

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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #10 on: 03 Sep 13 / 03:58 PM »
I've been shopping this afternoon and picked up Asda coconut conditioner for 80p and fructis smooth and sleek for 1. Both appear to be cone free :-)
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #11 on: 03 Sep 13 / 06:40 PM »
I'm also about 18 months in & only use shampoo when stripping. I totally agree Tabitha, it makes my hair feel crazy nasty. When i used to shampoo i was SO frizzy! My hair was like a triangle lego piece. Now i use a *teeny* bit of baby oil & naked's leav in conditoner & my hair is a bazillion times nicer! I really can't recommend changing enough. I use wilko blue conditioner & fructis for the second one =)
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #12 on: 03 Sep 13 / 06:52 PM »
i really think i'm going to try it too :) how do you go about the first time, i'm guessing you need cleaner hair, maybe 2 days unwashed, rather than a week old?
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« Reply #13 on: 03 Sep 13 / 07:07 PM »
i went straight from 7day dirty hair.
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« Reply #14 on: 03 Sep 13 / 07:13 PM »
All right, thanks for your answers guys. I think I will give it a try next time I wash my hair and see how I go! Kind of excited to switch actually, keeping brighter hair for longer and having healthier hair definitely sounds VERY good! :)
 

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« Reply #15 on: 03 Sep 13 / 07:42 PM »
i went straight from 7day dirty hair.

excellent i'll get some conditioners and start tomorrow :)

how often can you wash then, the same as shampoo? maybe twice a week?
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« Reply #16 on: 03 Sep 13 / 09:09 PM »
i'm super lazy, so 7-10 days just find what suits you =)
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Re: conditioner only washing
« Reply #17 on: 03 Sep 13 / 09:22 PM »
I did opt to do a clarifying shampoo prior to co washing just because I used to use so many styling products and those build up even if they don't contain silicones.  :P

When you first begin co washing, you may find that your scalp goes a little nuts and your hair may feel extra greasy.  I promise, it will sort itself out.  When you strip the protective oils from your scalp, your sebaceous glands tend to go into overdrive to produce oil faster.  It will take some time for your scalp to realize this is no longer necessary and then oil production will slow down.  It may take a couple of weeks... but once your scalp adjusts to not having your oils stripped all the time, co washing makes your hair feel just as clean as using shampoo.  :)
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« Reply #18 on: 03 Sep 13 / 10:14 PM »
Quick question, does dry shampoo was out when co washing? I've just co washed my hair with telco conditioner and treseme naturals! I don't tank I scrubbed enough though, a lot of this red was washing out :( I hope it's just because it was my first wash after dying so it was coming off my scalp etc. I really feel as though its going to be lank and horrid tomorrow :/
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« Reply #19 on: 03 Sep 13 / 10:16 PM »
I have had no trouble getting dry shampoo out of my hair when co washing, Meeshy.

When my hair is red, I do still get loads of red suds the first two or three times I co wash, too.  Red is a bugger that way!
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« Reply #20 on: 03 Sep 13 / 10:35 PM »
Ah that's good to hear! Had a red attack just now...did a vinegar rinse just now and my hair was still damp while I've been sat watching tv...I leaned forward and there was nice red stripes all on my cream leather sofa! Thank god I had upholstery cleaner in haha Jon is non the wiser ;) had to run up and blast my hair with the dryer hehe! But I must say my hair feels good so far and much less greasy than when I tried this the first time!
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« Reply #21 on: 03 Sep 13 / 11:00 PM »
Eeep!  Oh my gosh... glad you caught it before it dried!!!  I have cream coloured brushed canvas slip covers on my sofa.  I put towels over the back where I sit and where my daughter sits, especially since she air dries and is currently AP!  ;)
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« Reply #22 on: 03 Sep 13 / 11:07 PM »
Thanks for the extra info Cupcake, so I'll know my scalp going nuts etc is to be expected and won't panic and/or ask any more silly questions on here! ;)
 

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« Reply #23 on: 08 Sep 13 / 12:10 PM »
My hair is LOVING this!! So pleased I persevered. It feels so much better and looks better too! :-)
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« Reply #24 on: 08 Sep 13 / 02:39 PM »
Yay!  Great to hear... :D
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