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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Try These DIY Shampoo Recipes

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by Mary Wolff

Making your own beauty and hair care products can be a fun way to kill time. It can also be a great way to get hair care that is more personalized to exactly what your curls need! When it comes to cleansing your curls, having a reliable DIY shampoo recipe in your bag of tricks couldn’t hurt. Here are two recipes for basic DIY shampoos that are easy to whip up and have great benefits for your curls.

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Why You Should Wash Your Natural Hair in Sections

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by Mary Wolff

Washing your hair can feel like a chore, especially if you have a lot to work with. For curlies looking to make things easier and more manageable, washing natural hair in sections is a good idea. An all-over cleansing might be ineffective for your hair and you may not be getting the clean you think you’re getting. For a better clean, let’s look at reasons washing natural hair in sections might be the solution you need.

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Wash Day with '90's Throwback Products



3 REASONS WE SHOULD ALL LEAVE OUR THROWBACK PRODUCTS IN THE PAST

by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

Throwback pics, vintage tees, and even the occasional retro makeup moment are all A-okay with me, but old school beauty products? Oh, HELL NO.

For some reason I thought it would be fun to use all throwbacks for a wash day YouTub video. I strolled down the aisles of my local beauty supply and 99 Cent store and scooped up every nostalgic product I could find.

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Seven Tips to Shave Time Off Your Weekly Hair Regimen

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Everyone knows how long it takes to do their hair on a weekly/daily basis. It’s a long process that’s exciting when you’re a new natural, but after 52 weeks of doing the same thing, you get tired of it and as your hair gets longer, it takes more time to wash, style and maintain.

You want all the easy, simple and quick without compromising the health of your hair. Everyone wants a simple routine with the same great results, and it can be done!

Here are a seven tips to shave time off your weekly hair regimen:

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How Often Should You Wash Your Natural Hair?

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by Sointocurls via BlackNaps.org

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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30 Minute Wash Day for Type 4c Natural Hair!


Liv writes:

I hope all is well! I am the content creator behind the youtube channel LiveNaturallyLove. I started my channel to help women with 4c hair love and care for their hair as well as to encourage women to fall in love with themselves. Encouraging them to join me no my #Liveinlovewithyou journey!

Washing my 4C/4B Hair could take me anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half! I challenged my hair and myself and found a routine and product to cut down my wash day routine to 30 minutes!

This routine would be extremely helpful to 4C girls and I wanted to share it with everyone. I am emailing you to see if you would love to share this amazing 30 min cowash, detangle and deep condition routine on your site!

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An Easy Wash Day Routine for Type 4 Natural hair

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by Jensine from Jungle Naps

Let’s be honest. When you’re natural and wash day hits, sometimes you dread the long process ahead of you. The detangling, the long DC sessions that turn into naps, and post-wash styling are all part of the process. However, a few helpful tips can make all difference.

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5 DIY Hacks for Your Natural Hair Care Regimen

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by Mai Curls via Globalcourtureblog.net

Sometimes we have products that we like but are just missing that one element to help give it the “umph” to make it a favorite. There are also a few steps you can take to help make your hair routine just a little bit easier. Here are a few really quick and easy tricks that you can do to potentially give your products and routine that something extra!

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Reduce Tangles and Time on Wash Day with These Easy Steps!

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Do you dread wash day? I have to be honest – I definitely did. At least, until recently. I’ve finally figured out a way to keep tangles at bay in preparation for wash day while enjoying an attractive, wearable style with my natural hair.

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Wash Day Routine for Natural Hair- Tips and Tricks



Some girls have good hair days for eternity. How, you ask? It's actually pretty simple and I would like to share my personal 4 tips to help my wash day last for days.

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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4 Wash Day Hacks: Detangling Natural Hair the Easy Way


 by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

If you’re someone who dreads the idea of wash day because of the hours you spend detangling, you’re not alone. In fact, as I’m writing this I’m cringing at the thought that I actually used to spend close to an hour and a half finger detangling my hair before wash day. While that may be because I rocked a twistout a couple of days too long or forgot to put on my bonnet before I went to sleep, I still wondered what I could possibly do in order to make this detangling process a little easier.

Now, I’m not one to go out and just buy a detangling product, because I honestly feel like its just watered down conditioner, so I went to the internet and found 4 really interesting detangling hacks to try out.

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How to Moisturize and Seal Natural Hair on Wash Day



by Amanda

Wash day is never complete without locking in the moisture. There are three ways to seal moisture in your strands after deep conditioning: moisturizers and milks, leave-in conditioners, and oils. You do not have to use them all but here are the differences so you know what will work best for you. 
 

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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How to Get Moisture into Low Porosity Natural Hair


Jensine writes:

If you have low porosity hair, chances are you’ve spent many a wash day trying different deep conditioners in search of a holy grail. When you have no idea how to effectively deep condition your low porosity hair, wash day can be a nightmare. But what if I told you that the method of application can make a world of a difference?
This simple method will help open your hair cuticle so that it is ready to receive moisture and make wash day a breeze!

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5 Hair Tools for an Easy Wash Day



After being on this natural hair journey for four years, I have had my fair share of using different maintenance and styling tools. There are a lot of naturals who only use their fingers when handling their coils, but I am completely out of patience for that. I have tried numerous ways to detangle, section, dry, and sleep with my hair and here are the five tools I swear by that make my hair extremely low maintenance.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Dry Feeling Hair After Washing



It can take months and years to build the perfect regimen. Until then, it is important to make an intentional effort to pay attention to your hair’s needs over time, especially on wash day. Oftentimes wash day is dreaded, especially if you live an active lifestyle. The focus of wash day should be cleansing and replenishing the hair and scalp, in which both steps can be thwarted if done improperly. Want to know why your hair is dry only hours after washing it? Here’s why.

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5 Tips to Reduce Breakage When Washing Natural Hair



Cleaning out the drain is high on the list of worst chores in life. Especially when you have (and lose) a lot of hair. We like to find small ways to put off this loathsome activity. Most of your hair breakage happens on wash day, so if you want to lose less hair then start with your shower habits.

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