Having soft, flowing, luscious hair is the ultimate dream of us natural girls. We tend to run – correction – we sprint away from shampoos especially those that have sulfates.
To maintain moisture and upkeep in our hair, a lot of naturals opt for co-washing in lue of using shampoo. Some even ban shampooing all together and stick strictly to co-washing. If you are new to the natural world, you might not know what we mean when we say co-washing, so before we go any further allow me to clarify.
Co-washing is the process of cleansing your hair using nothing but conditioners eliminating shampoo to maintain and promote soft, luscious and moisturized hair.
But is it for everyone? Can everybody ditch shampoo and co-wash only to get beautiful and moisturized hair? Personally I have to say no to this one. Co-washing is great because it can cleanse hair that is not very dirty and it can give dry hair a well needed moisture boost. However for a lot of natural girls like myself, co-washing simply does not work as effectively as it does for our partners in crime.
Below are two of the biggest problems that I and some like me have experienced with co-washing:
Co-washing cleanses the hair but not the scalp
Have you ever co-washed your hair and after all the scrubbing and massaging, your hair is left feeling greasy and often looks white and chalky? Depending on the condition of your scalp, conditioner cannot effectively clean your scalp.
If you have eczema, psoriasis, dandruff or any other scalp condition, then co-washing can be a big waste of your precious time. Of course you are not banned from co-washing your hair; you can co-wash if you just want to refresh your hair and boost the moisture level, but know that it will not be effective at cleaning your scalp.