Should We Co-wash Or Not? The Views Of A YouTuber Vs A Licensed Trichologist

182177857Some days ago, we talked about co-washing here, but after that I came across three YouTube videos  recently. Two were titled "Co-washing Your Hair is Unhealthy" and the other was "Stop Co-Washing Your Hair It's Not Healthy".

Now headlines like those are sure to grab your attention, especially if you are new to healthy hair care, and you are trying to soak up all the information you can get to build a great regimen. After all, no one wants to walk around with mildew for hair.

Basically the YouTuber Nappy2Straight made definite statements on the practice of co-washing. Many naturals swear by co-washing, so you can imagine the backlash she got for suggesting that co-washers are nasty and walk around with stinky heads.

The reason I want to talk about co-washing is that I didn't think any of the videos adequately addressed why you might not want to do a co-wash.

It got me thinking that if I was a newbie, I'd still have unanswered questions since she didn't tell me on what basis she formed her opinion. So today I want to shed some light on the matter to help those in the experimental stage, or those who are new to the healthy hair journey alleviate the concerns they might have with regards to co-washing.


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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner

I don’t know about other naturals but I only Co wash maybe once or twice a week (depending on my style I have and other factors) and I shampoo once a week. I do NOT think that cowashing period is enough to clean ones scalp. It NEED to be clarified in some form! Product build up is real and stops growth. imo.
But everyone has THEIR own way of looking after THEIR hair and everyone’s hair is DIFFERENT

Stacie Hart

I never wash my hair in the shower….jusme

Brenda
Brenda

I tried co-washing once and don’t like it because my hair didn’t feel clean. So instead, I deep condition each week before I shampoo and condition. My co-worker loves it though so I think it’s a personal choice and what works for you.

Pattie Armstead

I shampoo every other day and co wash the other days. Co washing only did not work well for my hair.

mia
mia

JC of the Natural Haven did a scientific experience on this >>
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2014/02/does-co-washing-really-clean-your-hair.html

TMW98
TMW98

That was a good article, folks should read it if they have questions

TMW98
TMW98

Co washing is just not my thing. I don’t knock those that do it but I know that as a child and up until age 21 when I got my first relaxer I had long, thick, healthy hair and had never heard of co washing. In fact when out of shampoo I even washed my hair with ivory soap and had no problems as long as I conditioned afterwards. So I think people should base their decision on how their hair reacts to things. My hair reacts just fine to shampooing as long as I finish with conditioning and a cool rinse. Maybe someone else can’t tolerate shampoo, so be it..

Maimuna Munira

Ok what is cowash?

Christine Kennedy

when you just wash with conditioner there are even some that say co wash on them

Honeyamber1

Thank you for the article! I too am a new natural, only one and a half years old! I didn’t know about co-washing, never heard of it and did a lot of research before trying it. I had the same concerns as many who are curious and you’ve only confirmed what I’ve always known. And all I can say is my hair loves it! Of course, I had to adjust to not seeing foaming bubbles and as I continued doing it, it became routine. I do clarify my hair with sulfate shampoo monthly or bi-monthly and rotate in a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo when needed. I now only co-wash as necessary (when my hair is really feeling dry) and am experiencing the healthiest hair I’ve had since before I started relaxing it.

Karen
Karen

I mostly co-wash my hair. Whether or not I shampoo depends on the products I’ve used in my hair and their ingredients. There’s a conditioner that I use that makes my hair squeaky when I rinse it out. Using conditioner only to wash my hair helped define the coils I have. It may not be for everyone, but it works for me.

Divachyk // Relaxed Thairapy

Co-washing never worked for me but co-cleansing does. I shampoo once weekly and co-cleanse mid-week to remove sweat from my scalp generated by working out.

Steen H.
Steen H.

I just learned about co washing a few months ago and I thought I try it. I use V05 and it works nicely. But I do it bi weekly with shampoo with Shea Moisture and I use Suave clarify once a month. It really depends on your hair. But I do agree with co washing. Great article. Thanks!

mslady126
mslady126

What a great and informative article. I’ve known that one should shampoo at least once or twice monthly. I’m the coily type that likes to delay washes for as long as possible because my hair tangles.. Co-washing is a blessing for me because I am able to “wash’ my hair weekly without tangles and knots. I deep condition weekly as well. I must admit I was nervous, that someone would say I was mistaken.. it feels so right! haha! Thanks for the article.

MzJonezNYaBonez
MzJonezNYaBonez

I’m not exactly sure why she’s so upset. Her argument doesn’t make sense. If there are cleansing agents in certain conditions or co-washes specifically, how is that comparable to lotion?? Anyhoo.