A few months ago, I decided to stop washing my hair. That may sound gross, but it’s not- I just stopped using the classic shampoo conditioner combo and opted for a co-wash alternative. Harsh detergents and heavy silicones were wrecking my hair, so an all natural co-wash seemed liked the perfect substitute. (Read about my first product review of New Wash here.)
The next product that I’ll be reviewing is Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash. Quite the name, right? I was drawn to it because it claims to be free of silicones, gluten, artificial fragrances, and artificial dyes. It’s also a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly product that contains 91 percent naturally-derived ingredients. Plus, it was less expensive than New Wash, at $41.00 for a 475 ml bottle.
First Impression / Use
I ordered Briogeo from Sephora. The size of the bottle is great- it’s small enough to fit into a weekender bag but sturdy enough that it doesn’t get knocked over easily in the shower. The smell can only be described as amazing. The texture is like a rich lotion, which I think may have to do with the word “moisturizing” on the label. I had to use about 10 pumps to fully coat my hair, and a brush was required to make sure it was distributed evenly.
I followed the instructions on the label and allowed my hair to air dry afterward. It was instant curls, especially around my face. Lots of volume, which was expected from my last experience.
2 Week Update
I’ve noticed a few white flakes near my scalp- I’m not sure if it’s caused by the product, or the cold air outside combined with me wearing a hat almost every day. My hair feels a little dry, but the texture is insane! I’ve never had this many curls before in my life.
1 Month Update
I’ve noticed a lot of buildup at the root, and my ends are really dry. I tried rinsing my hair in warm water instead of the usual cold, thinking that maybe the product was solidifying during the rinsing process (similar to coconut oil) but it only made it worse. My hair also looks really dull, even though I just got highlights about a month ago.
End of the Bottle
I’ve had to sneak in two regular shampoo’s this month just to make it through the bottle. The buildup has progressively gotten worse, making my hair very oily by day two. I didn’t look forward to using it because I knew my hair wouldn’t look very nice once dry. Overall, I’m not satisfied with this purchase, even though I really wanted to be. It may be more suitable for very curly hair.