Question: Hey Elle! Have you ever done a conditioner only wash&go? What are your thoughts on them? I just had major success with using just Tresseme naturals condish for my w&g and I can’t believe it looks so good lol. I’m trying the CG method but slightly worried my hair could dry out.
Answer: I really think I have answered this before, but I have seen a lot of buzz on the blogs lately about the CG Method and conditioner only wash and gos, so I might as well address this again. Yes, I have tried conditioner only wash and gos (which is only using a conditioner to style your wash and go – no gel or other stylers), and I think they are great! However, for ME, once I get to multiday hair with a CO WNG, my roots will begin to mat, as there is no product with hold keeping my hair together or clumping my curls to decrease tangling. Every time I did CO WNGs for a week or so, my detangling session was always more difficult. But that is just the nature of my individual mane, I don’t think there is anything wrong with using only conditioner and my hair always felt great.
And now…for my rant…I have seen a lot of misinformation lately on what CG is. CG is NOT CONDITIONER ONLY STYLING! I’m sorry, it’s really starting to annoy me. If you look at the Curly Girl Method book, Lorraine Massey recommends using an alcohol free or natural gel, and talks about gel casts on your hair. Conditioner only styling is the TIGHTLY CURLY METHOD. They are different. Technically, CG is avoiding silicones that are not water soluble, sulfates, and heavy oils that coat your hair. However, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter, because what you do to your hair is your routine, and it should be tweaked to fit your hair’s needs. All of these methods and techniques should be starting points, they are not written in stone and you will not be struck down if you don’t follow it to a T. I’m just saying.