Co-washing success!

I don’t wash my hair every day, I admit it!  I’ve got thick curly hair that confounds all hair stylists. It does whatever it wants, and honestly, the days that I don’t make any attempt to do anything with it are the days it looks the nicest.   I don’t own a hairbrush, I don’t use a blow-dryer, i don’t put product in my hair. I braid it to keep the tangles down.  Whenever someone asks me what my secret to big wavy/curly hair is, I shrug and say “Pantene”. It’s like $6 at Target.

pantene smooth and sleek

Sometime in my mid 20s, I discovered Pantene conditioner. Just the right amount of whatever stuff they put in their conditioner, it was just the right formula for my hair. It detangled, and didn’t weigh my hair down. I freakin’ LOVE Pantene conditioner. Been using this stuff for going on 10 years!  Smooth and Sleek is the absolute best, but in a pinch Curl Perfection or Moisturizing works too. I stay away from the Volumizer stuff, because as much as I love my  big hair, I don’t need it to be bigger.

Shampoo is not a super big deal, I use whatever is around.  It usually takes 4-6 days for my scalp to get itchy and greasy and gross, and time to wash my hair. For two days after I wash my hair, it looks like crap.

If you’re a Pantene user, you noticed in the last few months they’ve switched my beloved Smooth and Sleek conditioner to a line called “DreamCare”.  When the old stuff went on clearance at Target I knew it was being discontinued and bought ALL OF IT.  Because Smooth and Sleek IS LIFE.   I didn’t like being forced to chance to a different hair care product. The new stuff had a weird texture like vanilla pudding, it didn’t seem to detangle my hair as well.  It was different and weird, and I was running out places that still had the old stuff on the shelf.

but . . .

a few weeks later I noticed something.  I’ve been using DreamCare for about two weeks solid now, and my scalp doesn’t get greasy. Or itchy. like, at all.

Pantene curl

The last time I washed my hair with shampoo it was because I thought I should, not because I needed to.  My scalp and hair weren’t greasy or itchy.

It’s been at least a week since I washed my hair with shampoo, and my hair doesn’t look greasy, and my scalp feels great. My head feels like I washed my hair 4 days ago, which used to be the golden day of hair perfection.  I’ve been on day 4 for . .  I dunno, 4 days  now?

DreamCare might have a weird texture, it might not be the best detangler in the entire universe (there’s always Johnson’s Leave in conditioner), but it’s given me co-washing success!!


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