If you email me about having dry hair, one of my recommendations will most definitly be to co wash more often. Do you know why? Well, the most obvious reason is that most conditioners are water based and water is exactly what your hair needs when it is dry.
In addition to water, the conditioner might have other additives that can keep your hair healthy throughout the week and can help your hair maintain it’s moisture levels.
In addition to just getting a great dose of moisture, there are some women who strictly cowash because for them cleansing with shampoo is much too harsh for their strands. Additionally if you practice the Curly Girl Method for your regimen then you know that having a co washing regimen is a must.
The method dictates that you either use conditioner or a cowash cleanser to cleanse your hair so that you can always maintain moisture in your curly kinky* hair.
Now believe it or not even though co washing might be an easy and effective means of keeping your hair moisturized, it isn’t for everyone. By extension, the Curly girl method isn’t for everyone either, here are 5 types of naturals who know for a fact co-washing is not for them.
Naturals with scalp conditions
Washing your hair is not just about giving it moisture, cleaning your scalp is just as important if not more important than how much moisture your hair has.
Many scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis and eczema cannot be alleviated if your scalp isn’t clean so cleansing regularly and efficiently is a must.
Your dermatologist might suggest a medicated shampoo or you may find that keeping your scalp free of buildup with the use of regular shampoo is your only saving grace. Co washing would only be a waste of time and quite frankly might only exacerbate your scalp issues.
Naturals who swim
If you swim and swim often, chlorine might be more of an issue for you and co washing as a means of cleansing your strands will be as far fetched as getting a relaxer again.
Most of us who swim for exercise or even just for recreation will find that we have to invest in swimming shampoos that not only cleanses the hair but gives your hair a deeper cleanse removing chlorine and other chemicals.
These shampoos have sulfates and when your use them we definitly recommend following up with a deep conditioner* that is moisture based.
A swimmers regimen might be a bit more involved in comparison to a non swimmer but if you want to keep your hair and scalp healthy you just have to do what you have to do. Co washing as the sole means of cleansing your hair might not be an option for you.
Originally posted 2015-03-02 15:00:55.