Naturals who live in areas with hard water
Hard water is such a nuisance because you will find that your hair will have the worse build up from chemicals you can imagine. Like the swimmer you will need a special type of shampoo to remove the harsh chemicals found in your water.
These shampoos are called chelating shampoos and they are a life saver next to installing a water filter* on all your showers.
If you are able to fix the water issue then you can certainly co wash more often but if not you will need to use shampoo and add moisture during your deep conditioning* session and weekly maintenance.
Naturals who just like shampoo
There are some women who just like to shampoo their hair. They prefer to get their hair squeaky clean at least once a week without fail and if you know how your hair works you can certainly do that and still have healthy happy hair.
If you like to use shampoo, we advise not to shampoo too often, once a week at the most, and you must deep condition with something moisture based on wash day.
Another thing we must add is that if you pre poo, that is add oil or some sort of barrier to your hair before you shampoo you might alleviate some of the effects of the harsh sulfates.
Naturals who don’t like harsh shampoos but do not like co-washing either
In this day and age we have options for cleansing our hair that do not involve either shampoo or conditioner co washes.
If you practice Ayurveda or you have heard about using bentonite clay* as a cleanser then you can absolutely still cleanse your hair using a clay mask. They are healthy for your hair but again you will still need to deep condition your hair afterwards.
In addition to clays companies are more aware of our needs now more than they have been in the past. There are shampoos out there that are so gentle on your hair, you can actually detangle with them.
They are not made with sulfates, have a ton of healthy ingredients and actually clean your hair and scalp very effectively.
This post isn’t meant to deter you from co-washing, co washing is still a very great and viable thing to have in any regimen. However if you are just not into it then that is just fine too!
Originally posted 2015-03-02 15:00:55.