This is Why I Stopped Co-Washing

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In the era of curly hair awareness, education and acceptance we have all but abandoned shampoo in many hair care regimens. Many of my favorite curly bloggers and YouTubers swear by co-washing and credit this practice with hair growth and maintaining moisture. Often times we hear horror stories about how shampoo leaves our precious curls feeling dry or stripped. I had the same thought process, that co-washing was all I needed, up until a few months ago I only washed my hair with a moisturizing shampoo once or twice every few months. However, when I noticed my hair health was failing and growth was stagnant I knew I needed to switch it up and reincorporate shampoo into my regimen.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

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It seems simple, right? Take a shower and wash your hair daily. Wrong! Washing your hair may seem like a simple task, but you would be surprised how many people are doing it wrong.

Washing your hair incorrectly can lead to scalp irritation, dandruff, and other scalp issues. How often someone decides to wash their hair is a personal choice, although a standard can be set according to one’s lifestyle and hair type. I wash my hair with shampoo once every two weeks and co-wash weekly just to refresh my strands. I can do that because of the products I use and my lifestyle, but that can change with changes in my habits too. Certain hair types and textures only require washing once a week, while others feel best when washed 2-3 times a week.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Natural Hair?

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Sometimes we end up limiting how often we wash our hair thinking that it will prevent dryness when we should actually be washing more frequently than we do. The signs that our hair is dying for a wash are not always so obvious, especially for the natural newbie.

How often natural hair needs to be washed varies from person to person. It depends on these factors:

-The amount of oil your scalp produces
-Your hair density and texture
-Hair porosity
-The styles you like to wear
-The length of your hair (shorter hair is no doubt easier to wash more frequently)
-The amount of hair products that you use and the way that your hair reacts to products (if you use lots of styling products you will definitely need to wash your hair more frequently than someone who uses hair styling products minimally).

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Back to Basics: How to Wash Your Natural Hair

If you have a head full of natural hair like myself, wash day can be a bit intimidating if your new to the healthy natural hair scene. A bit of water touches your hair and you're instantly introduced to shrinkage, tangles and knots. Knowing how to wash your natural hair is priceless. I'm going to give you my top tips for getting through wash day with natural hair.

1. Prepoo With Oil

If you need to familiarize yourself with the details of prepooing click here. I try to do a prepoo before every single shampoo, especially my clarifying shampoos since the entire process of washing can be very rough on the hair. Applying a natural oil to the hair from root to tip about 30 minutes before a shampoo can be nourishing and give a protective shield to the hair. I recently found out that coconut oil applied to the hair at least 20 minutes before shampooing can reduce stress known as hygral fatigue on the hair. So prepoo with coconut oil before hand to give your hair a fighting chance.

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Dish Soap to Clarify Natural Hair?



 
by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com
 
“WASH YOUR HAIR WITH PALMOLIVE,” THEY SAID. “IT’LL BE GREAT,” THEY SAID.

This weekend I got a glimpse into the world of luxury salon extensions. I was on assignment for Racked, covering the Mane Addicts Mane University class founded by Kim Kardashian’s stylist, Jen Atkin. Mane University showcases Jen’s stylist buddies based on their expertise, and this time around it was all about extensions.

I’m no stranger to extensions although I’ve recently given them up in favor of wigs. It’s just easier for me to remove them and treat my scalp and ends nightly. I honestly spent most of the class staring at Chrissy Teigen, people watching, and jotting down the occasional tip that the everyday woman can appreciate.

One nugget of wisdom came from celebrity extensionist Priscilla Valles. She removes tape extensions with citrus oil and needs a powerful clarifier to get rid of the residue. Her product of choice? Palmolive. Yeah, the dish soap. “Nothing suds like Palmolive!” she stated. “It’s the best clarifier in the world, really.” Hold on. Best in the world? I want some “best in the world!”

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Co-Washing Natural Hair- The Benefits



 by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Over the years I have noticed major changes in my hair since I started mostly conditioner washing (co-washing).  I love a little shampoo now and again but co-washing is where it's at! 

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