It's Giovanni Cosmetics and here's why!
I've advised not using regular conditioners to cowash in my cowashing guide
. I rather you use conditioners with cleansing agents to cowash. But proper cowashes like that in the market are not so affordable for us all. So after watching woke stylists like Evan Joseph
who use regular conditioner for cowashing I decided to open my mind to a fact-based way of thinking like them also. (Instead of blindly following bloggers that is :P) Evan has been in the haircare industry for more than a decade and I trust his judgement. He advises using any conditioner with the ingredient Ceterly/Cetyl
Alcohol for cowashing.
What is Cetyl Alcohol
According to this Healthline article, Cetyl alcohol is an emulsifier and increases the product’s ability to foam. It is a gentle cleanser and helps soften hair and skin too. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel says this is a safe and non-toxic ingredient. Phew!
- (C16-C18) alkyl alcohol
- alcohols, C1618
- C16-18 alcohols
- cetostearyl alcohol
- cetyl/stearyl alcohol
- 1-octadecanol, mixed with 1-hexadecanol
I don’t know about you but I’ve always wondered why Giovanni conditioners lathered. So when I turned over the bottle, lo behold, Cetyl alcohol is present in all Eco Chic Giovanni conditioners
! See here, I used Giovanni Direct Leavein as a cowash and got these amazing results! And my hair is 3 months postpartum here too.
The Degree of Cetyl Alcohol
Whether you decide to use Giovanni or any other conditioner for cowashing? It is very important you see where this ingredient is listed on the bottle. If
Cetyl Alcohol is listed in the top 5 ingredients, then we presume it has a high concentration of it in the bottle. If it is listed towards the bottom, then the concentration is less. If it’s listed in the middle then you get the idea?
A quick disclaimer, keep cowashing to a minimum and remember to clarify as often as you cowash to maintain a healthy balance. Learn how to set a curly hair routine here.
Anyway, I requested my curl friends Dr. Sayali and Swati Arora to help compile some of the following information for us. Thank you ladies!
Alcohol is listed as the second ingredient. Other ingredients like Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract and *Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract are clarifying ingredients.
These ingredients are not as harsh as sulfates, but should be used sparingly (average of two times/month) making it
perfect for cowashing if you cowash once in a while like me! This has protein so those with protein-senstive hair or low porosity hair may avoid it. See my tutorial review for this shampoo conditioner here.
While it doesn't contain
it contains Sodium cocoamphoacetate. This a mild surfactant (cleansing and foaming agent) and a little stronger than
Cetyl Alcohol. This Giovanni conditioner
is protein-free! Clarifying Ingredients like Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil and Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, makes
this conditioner the best bet for low porosity hair but not great for those with any coconut sensitivity
though. Buy in India here
Cetyl Alcohol is listed as the second ingredient so lots of foaming! Unlike the other Giovanni conditioners listed above, this does not contain any clarifying agents. It is protein free and has helpful botanical ingredients. Considering my low-porosity-postpartum hair does not appreciate protein and I don't like minty scents nor heavy moisture products, I appreciated cowashing with this conditioner the most! Buy Now in India here.
Isn't this great?! We can all cowash with affordable and easily available cowashes now! Let me know if you try
Thank you for watching & reading!