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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All About the Curly Girl Method

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHINESTRUCK

The Curly Girl Method, otherwise known as CG Method, was developed from Curly Girl: The Handbook, a book written by Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel which helps people embrace their natural hair texture. With that objective in mind, Massey described a new and revolutionary routine to get healthy, well-behaved waves, curls and coils.

To get you started, it's important to understand the basics of the Curly Girl routine. The number one rule is to eliminate use of shampoo, and instead embrace the process of "co-washing" or washing with conditioner. After you've mastered that, everything else will fall into place. Here are basic guidelines to get you started:

Are You Washing Your Natural Hair Wrong?


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

You already know just how beneficial co-washing is to a natural hair. Moisture is the name of the game as well as keeping the harsh chemicals and products away from our hair as much as possible! I don't think any natural would disagree with me on that.

I'm sure by now you also know how bad the effects shampoo can have on natural hair but it's also necessary to properly cleanse the hair and scalp as well. Pretty much a double -edged sword and even with sulfate-free shampoos you still can be stripping too much moisture and natural oils.

Now, when I was relaxed, I washed my hair weekly. Just like now unless I'm a little too lazy and will stretch it to a week and a half or even two weeks before I finally shampoo. I used oils back during my relaxed days but none of them were virgin or pure.

Once it was time to shampoo, I knew I had to shampoo once to get the cleanser in my hair. I would rinse it out and do my 'real' wash with a second application of the shampoo. I would really feel the suds and know the dirt, grime, pollution and gunk leaving my hair. I never gave it a thought since the shampoo bottle clearly says shampoo 'and repeat' on every bottle I've ever purchased.

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Could Excessive Co-washing Cause Excessive Shedding?


by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty.com

Today I was thinking about co-washing and how it might be causing excessive shedding. That is, depending on how you co-wash, of course.

You see, lots of ladies co-wash their natural hair with a conditioner. Hence, the term “co” aka "conditioner" wash. Today, there are lots of products on the market meant specifically for co-washing. Yet, it’s still very popular to wash the hair with a regular rinse out conditioner.

Well, I got to thinking about the purpose of a conditioner…

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How to Cleanse Your Scalp the Right Way- Natural Hair Care!



There are two camps of cleansers in the curly world: those who shampoo and those who cowash (washing hair with a conditioner).

No matter your method, it is extremely important to cleanse the scalp properly because over time, hair follicles acquire dirt caused by climatic debris and hair product build-up.

Neglecting to properly cleanse hair follicles can result in hair loss, redness, dryness, and an itching scalp.

Here are a few frequently asked questions - and their answers - for co-washers and shampoo-ers, and a few of our favorite cleansing products!

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Co-Washing Natural Hair: Is Your Conditioner Good Enough?



Co-washing: it's all the buzz among curlies looking to cleanse their hair and scalp without stripping it of moisture. The general premise of co-washing involves utilizing conditioner or conditioner-like products to gently lift dirt and buildup.

For years, curlies and naturals have used store brand conditioners like Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, Aussie Moist, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, V05, and Suave to simultaneously cowash, detangle, and condition their hair.

But as natural hair gains more traction among mainstream and natural hair product manufacturers, products specifically labeled as co-washes or cleansing conditioners have begun to emerge. Often times, the aforementioned tried and true conditioners fall under $5 for a lifetime supply (just kidding, we go through conditioner faster than anything). However, many of the new co-wash kids on the block cost nearly double if not more.

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