Conditioner Only Washing (No Shampoo) | Crunchy Beauty Tips

Facebook fans: You spoke and I listened! Here is the first in our series of crunchy (read: natural or low-effort) beauty tips. I don’t pretend to be a beauty expert, but I know what makes me feel good. And if it makes ME feel good, maybe it’ll make some of you feel good, too! If you don’t like this series you should probably become a Facebook fan so you can shout me down when I float these hair-brained (HAIR BRAINED, GET IT?) schemes of mine. xo Rebecca

How I gave up shampoo and made my hair better!

What’s blogging without a giant confession, right? I have one. But first, I have to say, I can’t even believe I’m doing a Beauty Tips post. I’m no Audrey Hepburn or Audrey Tatou or any other Audrey for that matter. I’m a stay-at-home mom of five boys. BOYS. I ask them to brush their hair and they run screaming from me like I’m brandishing a hot poker at them instead of a hairbrush. I grab for a warm washcloth to fix a pudding smeared face and the screams might make you think I’m wiping them down with acid. I suggest that perhaps they might want to change the shirt they’ve been wearing for a week solid and it’s greeted with a befuddled look, shrugged shoulders and a “NothankyoumomI’mcomfy.”

In short? I’m pretty much on my own here. I don’t even have a frame of reference for what is trendy or hip or even socially acceptable any more, so honestly, I don’t know how many people are going to get squeamish over what I’m about to say.

…Which is this…

I haven’t used shampoo in two and a half years. Yes. That is my beauty tip. No shampoo. (I can hear you now, “…And you’re surprised your boys are gross?”)  Obviously there’s a bit more to it or everybody would be doin’ it, right?

Here’s a little history. After I had my youngest son a little over nine years ago, I felt perpetually rumpled. I had just given birth to my fifth child in eight years. Translation: I was lumpy and hormonal. Translation of the translation: out of shape, shedding hair like mad and had spotty skin. The hair that remained attached to my head was scarcely behaving better than the stuff that fell out in handfuls in the shower/on my pillow/standing still. It was cottony looking, dry and my scalp itched like mad. (Boy, do I sound like I was a looker or WHAT?!?)

I embarked on a path that seemed like a good idea to clear up my lumpybumpy body, skin and hair problems. I started buying expensive creams and shampoos from the salon. And that? Well, it didn’t work and it left me with bottles and pots and jars and squeeze tubes of things that were disgustingly expensive and useless. Then I tried all-natural shampoos/conditioners/beauty products. That didn’t work at all either. And the blue aloe mud bug organic herbal tinctures and shampoos and salves and whatnot were even more expensive than the professional products.

About five and a half years ago, my bathroom closet was overflowing with what amounted to more than a car payment’s worth of things I’d never use again. As a last ditch effort, I turned to the internet and googled a string of keywords that sounded like the punchline in a fairy tale:

“Straw, Hair, Pimples, Balding, Magic Shampoo, Smooth, HELP”

Rumpelstiltskin didn’t show up, but I got a list of websites that said, “No Poo”. “But I’m not constipated, my hair just looks like cotton balls!” thought I, until I read a little further. These blogs were all talking about giving up shampoo and solving their hair problems. “Er, okay. Whatever.” But I was desperate enough at that point to keep reading.

Over the next couple of weeks, I tried the baking soda/vinegar solution that many no-poo-ers recommended. That worked for a while, but left my hair feeling sticky. My husband had sniffed my hair when I got out of the shower and told me I smelled like a pickle. (From him, that’s a compliment. Hubby loves pickles.) I, on the other hand, missed the pretty smells of shampoo.

I tried Wen by Chaz Dean because I saw the commercial on television and any guy who can toss his hair like the Breck girl seems like a pretty solid authority on silky hair. The problem there was that it was insanely expensive and I had long hair. I knew it wasn’t a tenable long term solution and I was only feeling so-so about the results so it was tough to justify the cost.

I turned back to the omniscient interwebs for help and discovered yet another no-shampoo group who was less intestinally know as the co-only (short for conditioner only) crowd. The long and short of co-only is that you only wash your hair with conditioner. Again, there’s a little more to it. You can’t just pick any old conditioner; it must be a silicone-free conditioner to keep from weighing your hair down. There’s good news, though. ANYTHING in the Suave Naturals line is silicone free. In other words, one of the cheapest conditioners out there is perfect for the job, and it’s a good thing, too, because co-only washing consists of massaging palms-ful of conditioner in your hair and scalp and letting it stay there (preferably under a shower cap) while you complete the rest of your shower then rinsing it out.

In October of 2010, I tried it. I didn’t really have any great expectations. I figured I’d get out of the shower and find my hair lank and greasy and my scalp itchy. “This is it,” I told myself, “If this doesn’t work, I’ll just cut my hair short and go back to using shampoo.” I was shocked to find it was the opposite. My hair felt as smooth as silk and not weighed down in the least bit. For the first time in almost a decade, my scalp didn’t itch to the point where I felt like clawing it off. And ladies? When I tell you my hair looked good, I mean it looked goooooooooooood. As in it behaved and did what I wanted it to when I wanted it to do it with little effort and almost no product and smelled pretty to boot.

The next time I went to my hairdresser, I screwed my courage to the sticking point and confessed what I was doing. She said, “Wow! Are you kidding? Your hair looks great. I’ll have to tell some of my other clients about this.” I haven’t looked back from that point on and I’ve been conditioner only washing for four and a half years now. IMPORTANT UPDATE: My hairdresser has gone on to recommend this to many of her clients and they have reported back with great results.

How I gave up shampoo and made my hair better!

I wouldn’t yank your leg on this, folks. It truly has been the holy grail for me. When I gave up shampoo, it didn’t just clear up my hair problems, it eliminated my skin problems completely. The pimples and acne that I had been blaming on my poor choice in beauty products and/or hormones went away almost overnight.

What I learned AFTER finding what worked for me was that shampoo was stripping the natural, protective oils from my hair and scalp and face (by virtue of its proximity to my hair- thank heavens). In order to make my skin and hair behave after doing that, I had to replace what I could with conditioner in my hair and lotions on my face. For whatever reasons, my fish-belly pale skin was too sensitive for this routine. Eliminating the shampoo/conditioner cycle did the job for me.

Is this a solution for everyone? Maybe, maybe not. Some people have reported an adjustment period where their hair  and skin acted like a petulant, oily child for a week or a month or so before becoming bouncin’ and behavin’. I had zero funky down time with my hair when I switched to conditioner only. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never in life been a wash-my-hair-every-day kind of girl. The only time I’ve washed my hair two days in a row is after exceptionally sweaty gardening excursions or after a child threw up in it or used my hair as a napkin or -worse- a hanky. Oh, come on… you KNOW it’s bound to happen with five kids, right?

How I gave up shampoo and made my hair better!

Here’s my point. It’s worth a try if you’re frustrated with how your hair is treating you or horrified by the amount of money you have to spend to make your hair do what you want it to do. Let me break down the specifics on how I conditioner only wash my hair.

How to Conditioner-Only Wash Hair:

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly in the shower, massaging your scalp.
  2. Squirt a palmful of silicone-free conditioner into your hand and massage it into your scalp and the hair near it.
  3. Squirt another palmful of silicone-free conditioner into your hand and massage it into the rest of your hair. Repeat this until all of your hair is saturated with the conditioner. If your hair is thick and lower-mid back length like mine, you’ll need about 4 palms-ful to coat your hair and scalp.
  4. Pile your hair on your head to keep it out of the shower stream. If you have one, put a cheap-o shower cap on to keep the conditioner from rinsing away.
  5. Complete whatever else you need to in the shower; wash your bod, shave, whatever.
  6. Add a splash of water to your hair and scrub your scalp again, then rinse your hair fully.
  7. Dry/Style/Whatever your hair as usual. For me, most often this means blow-drying my bangs so they don’t lay funny and letting the rest of my hair do whatever it wants. This is what works best for me!
  8. Do this two to three times a week. Unless you’re working out HARD daily or having someone wipe boogers in your hair, this should be sufficient.


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How I gave up shampoo and made my hair better!

I’m feeling a little sheepish about even bringing this up here, so help a gal out. What do you think? Am I nuts? Would you ever try it? Do you want to sniff my hair to verify I don’t smell like a fryolator before giving it a shot or is this just completely off the table for you? Talk to me!

How I gave up shampoo and made my hair better!

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Update: This post was originally published February 15th, 2013. Because it has been more than two years since publication and because I am still going co-washing strong, I wanted to bring it back to the front for the benefit of those who may not have seen it yet. The number of people for whom this has made a huge difference -as evidenced by the comments below- is pretty awesome.


  1. Lillian says

    Thanks for all of this! Does anyone know if you can use this “no-poo” method if you have colored hair??? Thanks!!

    • Wendy says

      I have colored hair and have tried it and it works great. In fact I don’t need to use a flat iron any more. I have straight hair but used the iron to get the polished shine I was missing. Also my husband (very short hair, but not colored) has tried it and likes it.

  2. says

    I’ve been thinking about trying this for a while but your post gave me the push I needed. I went conditioner-only this weekend and so far, it’s awesome!

  3. says

    What do you think this will do to short hair…I mean really short. Over my ears short. As much as I am interested in this idea, I worry that I will have flat greasy hair. This especially since I don’t have long, flowing locks to begin with. Anyone with a short cropped ‘do try this before??

  4. Jennifer says

    Love this post! I still shampoo, but only every third day or so (even if I run on the no shampoo days). I do “wash” with conditioner on the other days I shower. I have curly (and color-treated) hair, chin-length with layers, and I swear it looks best on that third day of no shampooing!

    I have also taken a similar approach with washing my body…and this is where I shy away from confessing to those around me. But, I wash everything once a week, and just the “dirty” parts (underarms, lady parts, feet) the other days. I try to bathe my kids only once a week, too. Yep. They’re girls and young, so maybe they don’t get so messy… But, my older daughter (5 years) has never had her hair shampooed more than 1-2x per week her whole life, and her hair is absolutely gorgeous. Anyway, enough of me. Thank you for this post – I am a huge fan of this “crunchy” beauty stuff!

    • Lydia says

      Question. Do you condition everyday then? My hair has always been super oily so I’ve always washed everyday with shampoo

      • says

        I do not condition everyday. Depending on heat and activity level I do it every third day or so. It it’s really hot out or I’ve worked out hard, I might rinse it daily, but that’s about it!

  5. Sonya says

    I actually started doing this a week ago after stumbling across it on another blog and I will tell you so far I am amazed! I have incredibly oily skin and hair and have suffered with Seborrheic Dermatitis for nearly twenty years. I have tried every single dandruff related shampoo known to man and have fought with the frustration of my unruly flakes to no avail. I am a licensed esthetician and have spent countless hours studying the skin and how it reacts and finally determined that stripping my skin of all of its natural oil was not the answer and my skin has never looked better! So when I read about doing this with my scalp and hair I realized it really only makes sense. Some of my coworkers and friends think I am crazy but the change I have seen already has me hooked!! Thanks for sharing your story, I hope it can help others tame their skin, scalp and hair!

    • says

      And thank YOU for weighing in and sharing your story. When I think back, it’s crazy that I stumbled upon the solution, but I’m so glad I did!

  6. Carol says

    Saw this on your blog and thought I would give it a try. I have long, color treated, naturally curly hair, that I normally straighten. The co-only was great! My hair was silky soft, little or no frizz and no need for additional products. Thanx for passing on this awesome idea!!

  7. M says

    Thanks for the tip! I have always been skeptical of this washing method, but since any shampoo makes my hair dye fade in a week and I’d really like to keep it black, I think I’ll try this :)

  8. Michelle J says

    Thank you!! I’ve been trying this for a week! I love it! I have curly highlighted hair and dry skin/scalp, especially in the winter….tried your method with Suave, my hair is so soft and not nearly as frizzy! Also well water is hard on hair, thanks so much for sharing this! It’s really changed things for me!

  9. Maryam says

    I just recently started on the ‘no poo’ method and let me tell you how my hair is CRYING for some pretty smelling chemicals! I miss shampoo and conditioner so when I read this my hair did cartwheels. I definitely don’t want to give up on the all-natural solutions that I’ve started on but honestly my hair is feeling stickier and stickier so I don’t know if it’s working out for me. I would love to give this a try, but I’m apprehensive about a couple things. Usually while shampooing and conditioning, my hair tends to fall out ALOT during conditioning. I guess I’m afraid what this much conditioner is going to do to my already-shedding hair. Secondly, my hair feels very silky but limp with lots of conditioner, so is this also a possibility? Lastly, I already feel like I cannot get all of the product out of my hair because conditioner is so sticky, so what’s it like washing it out? I just feel like I would have to scrub endlessly to get it all out and still wouldn’t be able to. Anyways, I guess I’m just looking for some positive reinforcement before I start this. I’m excited! Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Honestly, I think the reason hair comes out when you condition is because hair that has already fallen out loosens from hair it’s tangled to. Does that make sense? Of course, I’m not a hairdresser- it would be awesome if one would weigh in on my theory :-) the thing is, my hair got sticky with a steady no-poo approach, too. Doing co-only seemed counterintuitive, because my hair did the same thing as yours (seemed dull and weighed down) when I used the ‘normal’ amount of conditioner. When I used the method I described in the post, though, my hair was awesome.

      What it boils down to is this- if you’re interested I think you should try it on a day where you don’t have to go anywhere so there’s no pressure to look good. Then, if you don’t like it, no harm done. You may be shocked!

  10. Rebecca says

    I have undergone a hair “revolution” in the last two years as well and suffered many of the same symptoms you were. My hair seemed dryer, thinner and generally lackluster. I started shampooing only every other day and just conditioning in between but due to the product I used in my hair, couldn’t really go more than two days without “poo-ing”. I did change up the products I was using and found some great volumizers that do not make your hair overly sticky or greasy….but alas, my hair was still not what it was prior to having kids almost ten years ago. After reading this post I went directly ( and I mean DI-RECTLY) to the store and purchased the Ocean Breeze scented Suave naturals………and LOOOVVVEEEEE this method! I too noticed much improvement already the next day! I was concerned that it wouldn’t get my hair clean enough on workout days but as long as you spend diligent time massaging that sweet nectar into your scalp, my hair and scalp come out feeling clean but not overdried. I also have noticed that my skin seems much clearer as well. I have fairly oily skin that is acne prone. Since switching to no-poo, I definitely feel like my facial skin is reacting positively as well. Thanks, Rebecca!!!

  11. Nadia says

    Loved your blog :) I’ve been co washing for about 2 years now and even got my hubby into it. Works great for us!

    • Mary Jo says

      i am going to try the co-only method after having tried the no-poo method with mixed results. I would like to never have to buy shampoo again if I get the same results others have. My concern is that I have a teenage daughter and son, both in 3 high school sports. They shower alot, two and three times a day each alot. Do you think the co-only method would work for a boy with thick short hair and a daughter with waist long straight hair that get sweaty at least 2x a day?

      Thanks for any insight

  12. Chanda says

    Great article! Love your writing style. I’m going to try this. I have medium length very wavy (most people would say curly) fine (not thin) hair. I can blow dry it straight or scrunch it really curly but I want to just wear it natural and I can’t figure out how to do it. When I just let it dry, it looks like crap. I look like I slept in the woods except there’s no leaves in my hair. I tried the baking soda/ vinegar thing and it’s okay but if I work up a good sweat, then I start to smell like Captain D’s. Like you, I ain’t got gobbs of money to throw down for something that might or might not work. I’m a health nut too so all natural is what I’m looking for.

  13. says

    Well, it took me a month to work up the courage to try this. I am here to tell everyone that it works!!! My hair looks and feels wonderful. Between this beauty tip and all the recipes from your blog that are now standards in my home, you have my everlasting gratitude. Keep up the good work!

  14. nicole says

    I had the same problem with baking soda/vinegar! My hair was clean, but was sticky and very, very tangled and dry. So I decided to read up on other no poo options and I found your blog. Going conditioner-only has been amazing for me!
    I started CO with a conditioner with silicone, and I agree about the weighed-down look
    Fortunately, the BEST conditioners for CO are dirt cheap.
    I’m glad someone else had the same issue with soda/vinegar, because I was not going to go back to an itchy scalp. Thank you!

  15. Ann Marie says

    So what do you do on the days you do not use the conditioner? Do you wet your hair with just water ?Want to try it and see…I have lifeless hair and am trying to figure out what to do with it…don’t have time to do anything with it with 4 kids and usually it end up in a clip :-)

    • Nicole says

      I don’t wet my hair in between. I just style it in the morning. (I use the term style loosely, because with a little kid, who really has time for much.) Usually the second day I can wear it down again. and the 3rd and 4th day I wear it in a messy bun or pony or something. I still use dry shampoo if my hair feels really greasy. I don’t know if that is against the “rules” of conditioner only washing, but I love the stuff.

  16. Rahel Moore says

    I think this is a neat idea and I will want to try it too! Now just to get the courage up and do it! :)

    • Ursula says

      Rachel, you don’t need courage just think about it. This won’t hurt your hair, and if you don’t like the results don’t do it again. But what you’ve been doing isn’t pleasing you 100% or you wouldn’t be thinking of switching.

      Women and men on long hair forums all do this–and they would not risk their hair!

      I do this. I DO use silicones, the water soluble kind. Those begin with PEG- or end with –amine. My conditioner is also Suave. My hair instantly looked FABULOUS!

      Also immediately resulted in a lot less shedding, but I don’t know if that’s due to CO washing, or another treatment I am using.

      Go for it!

  17. Christy Snyder says

    I’m sick of having really bad acne. I know it’s because of hair shampoo/conditioner. Some make my hair feel waxy and oily and gross. I usually shampoo and condition my hair every other day. I just can’t take having an irritated face anymore! So here I am searching Google trying to figure out what’s causing my acne. Is it shampoo or conditioner. If I wash my hair Monday morning, it will be oily by Tuesday night and I will be washing it Wednesday morning. I was using Dove product and I switched to Suave Professional Naturals? I think that’s what it’s called. Here we go again with all this acne. Unilever owns both of these companies. I was using Pantene when it started to clear up. From what I’ve read Pantene is the one that usually causes acne. So, I’m really confused! I was thinking about doing shampoo only and I read this and I can’t decide what to do. I have sensitive skin, acne prone skin, silky curly beautiful hair but it does frizz like most curly hair. I just want it to smell good, not be greasy, and to not have acne!!!!!!!

    • says

      Christy- I’m not a dermatologist, so take my advice with a grain or five of salt. If something works for you- do it regardless of what works for other folks… I know how frustrating the acne is. I hope your solution is nearby!

  18. Diana says

    I’ve been doing the conditioner only for about 4 years now. What lead me to it was looking for a way to color my hair without the $125 a session price tag, the damage to my hair from hairdresser mistakes and the harsh chemicals which are known carcinogens. Not to mention I hated rearranging my entire day to go to the hairdresser every 6-8 weeks for 2 hours to cover my grey roots. That search led me to a website called, and I discovered the wonders of using natural henna for hair color. I did it and never looked back, and I’m still loving it 4 years later. I could select any hair color from blond to brown to black to red with any shade in between. My hair is healthier than it has been for decades, and I constantly get compliments on it, I’m loving it.

  19. laura says

    Just tried this – I am amazed! Wasn’t sure how I expected it to go as I have quite oily roots and dry, splitty ends (I have highlights & my hair is pretty damaged) but having just dried it my hair looks fuller and bouncier and not greasy or weighed-down at all! Definitely a Co-Only convert; thank you so much!!!

  20. says

    Rebecca, I got “best hair” in high school but it’s been all downhill since then. I am forever grateful for the tip. I am on day 6 of no poo/co wash. My hair is fine, curly and long. I condition every third day. And I rinse it on the other days. It’s like my hair has been given new life.
    Thanks again

  21. Jessica Hebert says

    I have been co-only washing for 6 months now and have experienced the same Wowwww !! Moment. My face is clear and my hair is bouncy, healthy and finally growing!! My favorite is VO5 cucumber, it smells sooo good and is super cheap. My husband loves my new hair.

  22. Carol says

    I’ve been using Wen for over a year now and love it…the problem is though, the expense! It’s ridiculously expensive for “conditioner” and the amount I have to use. I was my hair about twice or three times a week (yucky housecleaning, hot humid days of “sweat-head”). Every time I’m using the Wen I think…hmmm…why wouldn’t ANY conditioner “wash” your hair since Wen is a conditioner? I just haven’t had the courage to mess up my hair even for a day (and have to wash it again – its very long and curly and frizzy and a total pain!) but I’m going to try using my Jason Organic conditioner to WASH my hair! I’ll let you know! If that doesn’t bide well, I’ll get the Suave…Thanks for the great advice!

  23. says

    I am dying to try this but am afraid of the transition time… I have bangs and the opposite problem you had. I have overly oily hair. I’d like to try it b/c I imagine the shampoo is causing major overproduction of sebum making it worse than it need be but my bangs literally look greasy and clumpy by 5pm even with the daily wash.

    • says

      I suspect you’re right about it kicking your oil production into overdrive, but I’m just a food blogger! :) Would you try dry-shampoo (See for a recipe!) between conditioner washes?

      • Ursula says

        You might also try WO in between.(Water Only). Other longhair wearers do this. If it works for you, great.

        Pay attention to how your hair looks, needs, and growth rate after these treatments, so you can go with the best for you!

  24. says

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been doing the “no-poo” method for a little over a month now. It’s been sketchy but not horrible. Recently I read about rinsing your hair with white vinegar first, then try the bs/acv combo. I showered last night and my hair felt awesome and was drying well. Woke up and a bit staticy and rumpled. Maybe I shouldn’t sleep on it to let it dry :)
    As the day progressed the static continued. Fortunately no waxy nape of the neck yet – maybe that’s the white vinegar.
    I’m going to give it a bit longer to see if it can’t right itself but if not this is a great alternative. I appreciate your info and candor {boogers in hair sounds like fun :p not really :)}
    Check out the progress on my blog

  25. Lisa says

    I’ve got curly hair and have been condition only for gosh, almost 10 years now. I knew it worked wonders for curly hair, but didn’t know it would work for straight hair. Interesting that shampoo is pretty damaging for non “curly girls” as well as non “curly guys.”

  26. says

    Oh my!!! When I saw your first pictu re I thought you were either an older looking teenager ir in your early 20s,, and then I saw that u have five kids!! holy crap!!!

  27. Eloisa says

    I just tried CO today and liked the outcome, I have long naturally curly hair, my hair gets oily and I was worried, but it felt clean and styled great. I was wondering what everyone who has seen an improvement in their skin is using to wash and care for their skin?

    • says

      I’m glad you are having success with it! I use cetaphil facial soap and either extra virgin coconut oil or Argan (Moroccan) oil for moisturizer. It is good stuff!

  28. Mimi says

    I have curly hair which over the years has turned dry and frizzy so I’ve been straightening it. Which is time consuming. I’ve been washing with conditioner only for a week now and have tons of shiny curls. No frizz at all. This is amazing and I’m happy with my hair again. No more fighting frizz.

  29. Chayan says

    I have very curly and dry hair? (short) how often should I try this method, and the conditioner I use is dove-daily shine, is it proper?

  30. says

    I’m so glad I found this. I’ve been a no poo’er for 3 weeks now and my hair is shot. I used to color, tease, style, braid, use extensions WAY too much. No Poo has brought all those years of damage to the surface. I’ve been trying to go chemical free. This sounds like a good thing to do for a few years until nicer healthier hair grows in. Thank you thank you thank you.

  31. Nicole says

    Love this post! I can’t wait to try. I have stretched out the time between shampooing for years (I can now go 5-6 days using a little dry shampoo), but the no-poo method of baking soda never worked for me either. I have fine, straw-like hair and am so tired of it. I’m off to “wash” my hair right now. Thanks again.

  32. Sabrina says

    I just tried co-washing my hair tonight and so far so good. I have super oily, fine hair but it is also really thick. It gets weighed down by the next day after I shampoo. I have recently been looking for ways to try to extend the time between hair washings because I shampoo every day and I’m tired of it. I have dark blonde hair with lighter highlights and this fall I want to get some color. Everyone says don’t wash your hair every day, it will fade the color. I just didn’t want to go through a months long transition period and didn’t want to smell like a pickle so I washed my hair tonight with suave naturals rosemary mint conditioner. That happened to be what I had on hand. I then let it air dry, expecting it to be stuck to my head. I figured worst case I shampoo in the morning. My hair is the opposite of stuck to my head, it is full and clean and bouncy! Why have I never done this before? Can I do this to the kids too? I suppose I can. I only wash their hair once or twice a week anyway. I guess time will tell how my hair will look tomorrow. Or after a week or so of doing this, I will let you know! I happened to run across this article after I tried co washing.

  33. Corina says


    Thanks SO much for all the details. I just started co-washing last week, but i wasn’t really sure if i was doing everything right. I do have a question, though. Since we don’t have any of the suave products in the backyard of civilization which is Romania, the closest thing that comes to a no cone product is the cheapest thing on the market, which has only one “cone” listed, dymeticone. Would you happen to know if this would do the trick? Have all your conditioners been cone-free?

    I’m trying to grow my hair after taking it from almost waist length to chin bob, due to unhappy experiments around christmas. I’ve been using henna for 5 years now, and i’d really like to pair it up with some healthy washing.

    Thanks again!

    • says

      Corina- a little further up in the comments, I left a link to a site that discusses cones… I know there are one or two that are okay, I think it’s dimethicone, but I don’t recall off the top of my head (HAIR PUN!) I do know that once I glommed onto the Suave Naturals Coconut, I didn’t really try anything else. It’s so perfect for me!

      • corina says

        Hey, thanks for replying! I noticed the link after i’d posted the comment, sorry for rushing into it. I read it and found a product with the good kind of cones, buying later today.

        Once more, thank you for posting this! My hair will definitely appreciate it :)

        p.s. i’m in love with your gorgeous hair, Rebecca.

  34. Stan says

    I have a fine hair and Im thinking of buying the Suave product as the baking soda and ACV dry out my hair completely. Im just worry about some ingredients in the Suave conditioner, like the perfum. In on article is written this :

    Phthalates are platicizers than have been regarded in many countries to be potential carcinogens. Recently, Phthalates are found in perfumes in some shampoo ingredients that give the ‘lovely smell’. This product has been found to cause

    birth defects
    liver cancers
    hormonal disruptions

    in laboratory tests. Some products that contain Phthalates are banned in California and several countries. See this Wikipedia article on Phthalates here.

    The best way to avoid Phthalates is to choose shampoo ingredients that do not contain perfumes or fragrances

  35. says

    I stumbled upon this entry after i googled not using shampoo and only using conditioner. I’ve been shampooing every other day and just conditioning every other day without shampoo. I was surfing researching if using only conditioner was fine as I’ve heard that shampooing is not good for your hair. I was excited to read your ENTIRE entry and find reassurance :) I’m gonna bump my shampooing down to twice a week and just condition in hopes that my hair will stop calling out and I’ll have the same results as you. I at least notice that with just washing and conditioning my hair does not get oily like my sisters would so no harm in just conditioning :)

    thanks for sharing this!

  36. Margot Adams says

    Just washed my hair with conditioner this morning. So. Good. My hair felt light and fluffy, no grease, no static. Thanks so much!

  37. Alyssa says

    Definitely worth a try! Thank you so much for this post. :) I’m a girl with mid-back length hair who just cut 6 inches off about 20 minutes ago!! I was tired of my dead old hair and looking for something to keep it feeling nice again. My girlfriend and I have both decided to give this a try from September to August and see what we think :)

  38. Linda says

    I am loving the whole co-washing experience. For the first time in YEARS my hair looks healthy & doesn’t have the tell-tale straw-like consistency that screams “old”. Seems like so many women who normally wear their hair shoulder length or longer have to go short as they age because of this. I have a question – I like to be able to put a conditioning product on after my hair has dried & had to ditch all my old expensive stuff as they had cones, parabens etc. I saw pure argan oil at the health food store today – said it is from a nut and can be used on skin and hair. Will using this cause some of the problems that have been mentioned or is it OK?

  39. Rena says

    I am going to give this a try as I have been told by several people that I should stop using shampoo. I love the fact that Suave products are silicone free and you don’t have to buy expensive conditioners. Will let you know how this works for me. Thanks for the great article.

  40. Anita says

    After using Wen, the Sally Beauty Supply version of Wen and then DevaCurl, I started using the Suave naturals conditioner a week or so ago based on your post. I love it and love how cheap it is! My hair is short and _very_ curly, so I don’t have to use very much, though as you mentioned, I do use more of this than any of the 3 brands I previously used. I only wash my hair twice a week and I signed up for a “Subscribe and Save” on Amazon for the conditioner, so I don’t have to worry about running out and I can afford to keep extra bottles in my gym bag and at my boyfriend’s!

  41. Debbie says

    I just wanted to throw in a few lines of advice for clear skin. I have extremely sensitive skin, and no product, no matter how expensive has ever cleared or kept my skin clear. Acne has always been and on/off again issue, mostly hormonal. After reading a similar blog many months ago I tried – of all things- coconut oil on my face. I could not wrap my brain around how “oil” could clear skin- but holy WOW… in my 41 years, I have never had such clear skin and it was almost over night. It has cleared every blemish and leaves my skin so much healthier than it has ever been. Coconut oil is inexpensive and you only need a tiny bit. It comes solid and turns “liquidy” upon application. And smells like coconuts. The BEST acne/blemish cure ever. It’s so high in antioxidants and is a natural antibiotic. I am excited to try this condition only regimen. I have very thin/fine hair (lost a lot due to thyroid autoimmune disease) and ALWAYS have tangled unhappy hair. Thanks for the idea! Cheers.

    • Lisa says

      Debbie – do you wash your face and use the coconut oil as a moisturizer? If so – what do you wash with? Also – would it work for teenagers with acne? Going to try the no po method but want to include my skin.

      Thanks, lisa

  42. Stephanie says

    I had been watching something on TV the other day can not recall and there was a mention of No-Poo. I had heard this term a few years ago and found it rather gross. But the reason I found it so gross was the guy who did this only washed his hair every 3 months. He kept it shoulder length and it looked oily and well gross. So I never did any further research into it till early this week. I read some of the things you could put in your hair to clean it. I was not pleased with the idea of putting vinegar and lemon juice etc in my hair. So I kept reading up and came across your blog. And because of your blog I am giving the CO a try. I only decided to try this because I have sensitive skin and have never found a shampoo that does not make my back break out. I am sure that shampoo is the cause of this. So far I have conditioned my hair twice this week. It might seem odd but I have less headaches. If I do not brush my hair at least 4 times a day I get bad headaches from tiny tangles in my hair. (I have long hair as you do.) But the day after my first conditioning I did not have to run and grab my comb to ease my headache. So thank you and here is hoping it works out for me. :)

  43. says

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m going to. I got the idea through a totally different vector, when I used to give myself an oil-based deep conditioning treatments, and found through trial and error that conditioner took the oil out better than shampoo.

  44. Melissa says

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I was a shampoo every day kind of girl and my curl has fallen out and gotten so frizzy and dry. I tried the BS/ACV and it was gross. Stuck with it for about a month, but I couldn’t blow dry or straighten my hair, it was disgusting. Finally went back to the co-wash. LOVE my 79 cent bottle of conditioner! I still shampoo about once a week because I work out every day and sweat like a gross man. My curls are so nice and smooth now, and have gotten some of their bounce back. Yay!! My boyfriend even noticed and said my curly hair has stopped “exploding” :)

  45. Ashley says

    Sooooo for years I’ve had dried hair and lots of breakage when my hubby plays with my hair all I hear is crunching and my hair breaks off !!! This is my last hope. I’m gonna try my conditioner that I have. I don’t see on ingredients silicone. So if It don’t work I’ll try suave . I’m getting in the shower right now and trying this!!!!

  46. Ashley says

    Update. I’m in shock my hair hasent felt this healthy in over 15 years this is awesome!!!!! I’ll update in a week toodles!!!

  47. Danielle says

    Just came across this article yesterday as I was desperate to find info online about how to make my hair look healthier. No one has replied in awhile…but I’m super excited to try this out!! I have medium length hair…strands are medium sized I guess but have a lot of it…I have some natural curl to my hair. And I do highlight my hair. Somedays I go with the curl and somedays I straighten it…how well does this work if you straighten your hair…does anyone know? Thanks!!

    • says

      I straighten my hair from time to time and it seems to work beautifully! Welcome, Danielle! I hope it works as well for you as it does for me. I’m going on 3 years in a week!

      • Danielle says

        Okay, so I just replied to this last night saying that I couldn’t wait to try this! Well, I tried it last night…always clip my wet hair up and let dry naturally as to not damage it further by blow drying. I straightened my hair this morn…verdict?!?! WOW!!! I’m in awe!! My hair seems so much more moisturized! The straightening iron seemed to glide through hair more effortlessly. My hair doesn’t tend to get weighed down often from product/conditioner because it has a lot of volume…I could’ve went a little less even on the conditioner (probably) but I am so impressed! I am so excited to continue this. I do workout hard daily and I may still shampoo once a week, not sure yet!! Have you found that your hair continues to improve in health with doing this regularly? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’m telling all my friends about this lol!!

      • Diana DeBarr says

        I am a chef in a kitchen tho, so do u think this would be a good idea for me considering a deep fryer is involved in my everyday life??? =\ Curious on ur really? Thank u


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