The Best High-End Co-Wash You’ll Need

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I think I’m forever searching for the best cowashing conditioner that suits both my hair and Bear’s. Bear has super curly Type 3 hair and I bounce between Type 4A and 4B, with some dabbles in 4C.

Keeping Bear’s hair moisturized and conditioned is an Olympic sport within itself. Not that it’s always been easy but when he becomes more active, well, I also become more active in keeping his head clean.

I was at my local Blue Mercury when I stumbled on Bumble & Bumble. I’ve heard of the brand but never thought about trying it. And I can see why – at $34 a bottle, Bumble & Bumble is not a brand one can spend a little money on. It’s also not a brand one will want to spend money on a lot if it doesn’t work.

The Curl Custom Conditioner claims it can be used three ways: as a leave-in, rinse out, or as a co-wash. Most conditioners can only one of those, yet BB was claiming it can do all three?

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I was willing to give it a chance. I figured, if it didn’t work, well, that’ll be the last time I’ll be spending close to $40 for a bottle of cowash. If it did work, however, I will have to figure out $40 a bottle into my budget.

Bumble & Bumble claims the Curl Custom Conditioner can work on all hair types. I’m always weary when companies say that because 99% of the time, they mean only color-treated or curly hair. They don’t include coily, Type 4 hair in that.

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Still, I was willing to give it a shot. Of course, I always have to try it on my guinea pig, Bear. I figured if it doesn’t work on his hair, it’s probably not going to work on mine.

And I’m sooooooo glad it worked on his hair!

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It really made his curls pop.

Here’s another look:

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All of that definition, yo.

You’re probably wondering how it looked on my hair?

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It really wasn’t my intention to look all shocked and serious, and yes, I know I need to smile more. But the purpose was to showcase my hair. The conditioner also made my curls pop and kept it very moisturized throughout the day and next. I’m a new fan.

Now we know the player, how did they score?

Pros:

  • It works. Point. Blank.
  • Bumble & Bumble is a trusted brand.
  • It’s available at Blue Mercury, Ulta, Sephora, and online at the Bumble & Bumble store. Some hair salons and beauty supply stores might also carry the brand.

Cons:

  • It’s hella expensive, y’all. $34 a bottle and if you have a lot of hair? Whew, chile.

Overall, I do recommend it, however, you will probably need to buy a couple of bottles at a time. So, be prepared to spend close to $70 dollars.

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This is Why Aunt Jackie’s Might Be Right For You (Kids Edition)

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As I continue to experiment with Bear’s hair, I love trying new products. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Aunt Jackie’s brand so I decided to give it a whirl for both me and Bear. The results weren’t all that great for me but for Bear, it was a miracle worker. Let’s get right into it.

Consistency:

It’s a cream so it’s thick.

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Smell:

Very light. Honestly, there really isn’t that much of a smell. Not heavy which is good if you have a sensitive nose like I do.

Cost:

Cheap! I paid $10.96 (Amazon) for this.

The Routine:

I would completely wet Bear’s hair and slather the cream on. I’d let it sit for a few minutes before I rinse it off. I know some parents put the co-wash on a couple times (you would use it like you would shampoo) but I always felt putting it on once was sufficient).

The Result:

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And for another look:

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It made Bear’s hair super easy to detangle! So easy!

The Review:

Pros:

  • Aunt Jackie’s is available at Amazon, Target (online), and some select beauty shops.
  • It’s affordable.
  • It’s very light in texture and fragrance.
  • I think it works best on Type 3 and Type 4 hair. I believe this might be too heavy for Type 2 hair.

Cons:

  • A few people have claimed it works well on adult hair. I didn’t find that to be the case at all.
  • The blue cream might be off-putting to some.
  • Despite the title, it’s not just for girls.

In conclusion, I do recommend this for your child. As an adult, I’m still not entirely sold.

Is Pure-Licious Sensational for Your Curls?

I’m on a mission to try as many conditioning washes (otherwise known as cowash) as possible. Even ones I’m not sure about. Even ones I never heard about. Even ones I love so I can just spread the word.

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Yeah, I get like that when I see a new product I want to try.

I recently tried Creme of Nature’s Pure-Licious Co-Wash. I’m familiar with the Creme of Nature brand as I’ve used their hair dye before and a few other products so I was very anxious to try their cowash.

Enough with the chit-chat, onto the review:

The Consistency:

It’s thick. Super thick. Like you’re doing the Harlem Shake to get this out of the bottle thick.

The Cost:

Very affordable. The cheapest I’ve seen it was $7.99. The most expensive was $10.99.

The Routine:

I moisten my hair and let the water soak through it. I apply a generous amount of the cowash to my hair and detangle while I’m in the shower. I then leave it on for a few minutes as I wash and rinse. Towel-dry and put in my favorite (at the moment) leave-in. Ultimate wash and go!

The Result:

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I recently put on a semi-permanent purple hair color on my hair, though it looks black in this picture. 

My Review:

Pros:

  • It’s relatively cheap. Amazon has it listed around $11 but I’ve seen it even cheaper, $7.99
  • It does condition nicely.
  • It works best for Type 4 hair.

Cons:

  • I didn’t like the smell. I’m not sure if it’s the Argan oil or some mixture but I really didn’t care for it.
  • It’s hard to get out of the bottle.
  • Not toddler-friendly (because of the smell). I didn’t try it on Bear for that purpose.

Bottom line – I’m not entirely sure about this one. I didn’t like the smell and despite how much I used the cowash (at least twice weekly), I never got used to it. While it did leave my hair soft and manageable, the smell made me not want to use it. So I can’t say I would use this again (probably not) but you might like it so give it a try.

Biracial Hair Care Review: Is As I Am Full of Magic?

Let me begin with a preface for those who are new to the blog: I often use hair care products that wouldn’t be typically geared to biracial/mixed and/or curly hair. I want to show what products work best for curly hair as well as what I typically have in my armory. It’s one of the benefits of being a naturalista – whatever I use on my hair, I can use on my son’s hair as well (and hubby! Hubby is a big fan of Miss Jessie’s).

So that being said, let’s talk about a favorite of mine – As I Am.

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Like I’ve said before, I’m Type 4A/B. I have lots of coils and I try to keep my coils poppin’ like a 90’s cereal commercial.cornpops

So, I’ve wondered…would As I Am have the same effect on Bear?

*Note, I know I said the next biracial hair care review would be on Mixed Chicks but I have to make an exception for now*

Trying new hair products on a toddler is sometimes tricky and it really is a game of trial and error. There are a lot of things to consider – consistency, cost, and most importantly, smell. I quickly learned that if I could barely tolerate the smell, chances are, Bear will hate it.

Now, that we’ve met the players, it’s time to play the game:

As I Am Coconut Cowash

Consistency:

It’s thick, but not too thick. You can easily scoop some out and spread it on your hair. I have to warn you, it could get a bit runny. While that’s great for the slip aspect, it’s not great for the slip aspect.

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The Smell:

It lives up to its name – it definitely smells like coconut (which it also contains). The smell is light and sweet, almost, but not overbearing. If you don’t like or are allergic to coconuts, this is not for you.

The Cost:

It’s very inexpensive! You’re going to spend less than $7 in some places. Good quality for a cheap price? Sign me up!

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The Routine:

It’s very simple – I wet Bear’s hair and put the cowash on him like I would a shampoo. Sometimes I’ll leave it on for an additional few minutes just to make sure it does its magic (I do this for myself as well).

The Result:

This picture is 2nd day hair but I have to show the results still:

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And up closer:

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To see how As I Am looked on my hair, click here.

My Review:

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Smells great. <— this is very important, btw. 
  • You get a lot for a little.
  • Great slip.
  • Toddler/kid-friendly.
  • Great on any hair type.

Cons:

  • You run out of product quicker, so while it’s cheap up front, it might be a little costly in the long run.
  • It comes in a tub, not a pump or bottle for those who just want to pump/squeeze out their cowash.

In all, I highly recommend As I Am Coconut Cowash.

I also used a detangling spray and probably the best detangling brush you’ll ever use (which I’ll do a separate blog post). The next biracial/mixed hair care review will be on this:

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Biracial/Mixed Hair Care Review: Curl Junkie

This is a special review because I’m not reviewing a typical product one would use on children’s hair. I’m in the experimental phase with Bear’s hair, however, and as long as he’s still little, I’m going to test drive what works on his hair and what doesn’t.

(I purchased this from CurlMart so even though the above link is Amazon, you might find a better deal at CurlMart.) 

Anyway, let’s get down to business. Bear’s hair, I’ve determined, is Type 3A/3B. While the L’Oreal EverCurl shampoo works great on him, I also don’t want to get into the habit of shampooing his hair every day, especially if I don’t think he really needs it. So, I wondered…what if I used one of my cowashes, instead?

I cowashed his hair, put a little Cantu detangling spray on it and it came out wonderful! I also used a special detangling brush I purchased recently.

I wasn’t really sold on this brush at first (it promised to work on both kids and adults but after a couple of uses, it really does work wonders on Bear’s hair. It gets through everything. Everything? Ever-ree-thang!)

In terms of cowashing, a little goes a long way with a child so even if you think you might use a ton (I know I do) for your hair, it won’t be the case for a toddler or small child. They’ll probably use less than half, if that much.

So blah blah blah…I’m doing a lot of talking here but where’s the action? Here’s the proof:

In related news, I did make a shampoo vlog a while ago so once I get that edited, I’ll post that up.