Summer Hair Rave: OGX Coconut Water Conditioner

ogx coconut conditioner review

In the winter my hair is like a sponge, gobbling up as much moisture as possible yet still looking dry and dull. Come summer, my heavy moisturizers just make my hair look greasy by noon yet don’t seem to do a thing for battling frizz. And let’s not talk about trying to cleanse and style hair with your non-dominant hand and having your other arm wrapped in plastic!

So color me surprised when I found that the best cleanser and conditioner for my fine yet a lot, wavy/curly/Kip Winger-esque hair this summer is ONLY CONDITIONER! Yep, I have gone sans-shampoo since the beginning of May and I can’t recall my hair ever looking so happy in the summertime!

One day I got in the shower and realized I was out of shampoo. My head was mega greasy and sweaty so I couldn’t go without washing at all, so I decided to just try conditioner. I was pleasantly surprised by how great my hair looked, but it got greasy pretty quickly. I wondered if it was because I was using a heavy-duty conditioner for dry, color-treated hair. On my next trip to CVS I picked up a bottle of OGX Coconut Water Conditioner (not the Coconut Milk, the Water version). While it’s not made for color-treated hair, I’ve had success with the line before and loved the smell. I tried it that night…and didn’t get greasy for three days. THREE DAYS! That’s longer than traditional shampoo!

Since then, I wash my hair every 2-3 days with OGX Coconut Water Conditioner. Sometimes I scrub the scalp with it, sometimes I just put it on from my ears down. I always rinse it right away and rinse thoroughly. My hair feels great, styling products seem to work better, and it’s not stripping away my color any faster than my old shampoo and conditioner.  I know many swear by the no-poo method and while I love the idea, right now already feeling a mess with the cast I just can't tolerate the break-in period and I like having sweet-smelling hair to counteract the funk of being in a cast in the middle of the summer.

I wondered if my success was because I let my hair air dry thanks to the arm issue, so one morning this week I wedged my hairdryer into my towel bar and single-handedly blew out my hair. And next day my hair looked AWESOME. It wasn’t greasy at the roots, but it had that lovely piecey yet shiny look. So nice I Tweeted that I didn’t want to go for my morning walk and ruin my lovely hair. So nice I stayed up late to write this post!  I was already a fan of the OGX body wash, but now that I'm a conditioner fan I'll be checking out more from this brand!


  1. Kathryn
    July 12, 2014 / 7:33 am

    I wonder how this would work for those of us with fine, limp hair?

      • NicW
        August 6, 2014 / 10:50 pm

        I have to thank you, thank you, thank you !
        I have very fine, limp and not a lot of hair – this is my Holy Grail. I have often liked your recommendations and this was perfect. Other shampoos are just too detergent-y, this somehow cleans my hair but doesn’t leave it oily or weighed down.
        I did also pick up the oil treatment which I spray twice into the palm of hand and then put it on my (damp) hair. It may not be necessary the longer I use the conditioner and my routine adjusts accordingly.

        • August 7, 2014 / 12:12 pm

          Oh that’s awesome!!! Thanks for coming back and letting me know it worked for you! <3

  2. Little Red
    July 11, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of co-washing!

  3. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    July 11, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    I’ve been a mostly-conditioner washer for years, ever since I read Curly Girl. it’s been great for hair health, and saves a step in the shower too!

  4. July 11, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    wow I had no idea! What a good thing to know!! =) We just get accustomed to the whole shower/condition/repeat routine that changing it up for your specific hair type never really crossed my mind.


  5. Aimee
    July 11, 2014 / 11:53 am

    This is a timely post. I went to a new stylist yesterday who, like most others, talked about how drug store shampoos are inferior. I did purchase shampoo at the salon because my hair has not been responding to anything lately and I wanted to try something new. When I got home and looked at the ingredients, there near the top was the sulfate that everyone says to avoid. But, I have found that nothing really cleans my hair but the sudsy stuff. She told me not to wash my hair every day but whenever I try that I end up going back to shampooing each morning. I just can’t handle the oily hair.
    I am intrigued by conditioner in place of shampoo and would love to know if anyone else has tried it.

  6. davie
    July 11, 2014 / 11:30 am

    My hair is a lot like yours and I frequently follow your hair tips. This conditioner-as-wash method sounds intriguing, but does the conditioner remove the buildup from styling products, e.g., silicones, oils? Or are your styling products mostly free of those kinds of ingredients?

    • July 14, 2014 / 7:31 am

      Must admit with the cast my styling products are pretty minimal, mainly surf spray. But in the past couple of weeks I have added TIGI Bedhead After Party which has an oilier finish and it seems to wash away. Also I went to the hair salon this weekend and she filled my head with all sorts of products to smooth and shine and all that and the conditioner washed them away.

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