What is the sense of washing your hair but still having a very dirty scalp? You need to shampoo to clean your hair, or try cleansing with bentonite clay*.
Also, if you have oily skin and scalp then co-washing will only make your scalp more oily. This can eventually lead to scalp conditions such as dandruff; you need a clean scalp to promote healthy hair and great growth.
Find a shampoo that cleans the hair effectively without leaving it dry and brittle. Look for the sulfate free note on the label. I like Shea Moisture*’s Curl & Shine shampoo because it leaves your hair clean and soft at the same time and is not bad on cost.
Trust me, there are shampoos out there that cleans your hair effectively without leaving you with straw-like hair. Washing with conditioners should only be a refresher between shampoo sessions.
Co-washing can lead to product buildup
Co-washing is often seen as the holy grail in cleansing and moisturizing by a lot of naturals. Life would be perfect if that was the case for all of us because there really are some great benefits to just co-washing. Conditioners have some properties that can clean mildly dirty hair, but they can also leave cone deposits as well causing major build up on top of the strand.
Studies have shown that co-washes work, however not every hair and scalp type was ever tested. For some naturals, washing their hair with conditioner simply adds another layer of product deposits to the hair instead of cleaning it. So over time, the hair tends to feel greasy or waxy.
The only thing that can totally get rid of product build up is a good shampoo session. If you choose to co-wash religiously, periodically you should clarify your hair to make it clean and free of product buildup.
Co-washing is great for a lot of naturals because they are able to clean their hair without being robbed of the hair’s natural oils*. It refreshes, boosts moisture and leave naturals with soft hair.
However, these great benefits are not reaped by the natural girls who have not washed their hair in 2 weeks or more, nor by the natural girls who have scalp conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or dandruff, and definitely not the natural girls who have an oily scalp. Co-washing between washes is great, but do not abandon shampoos because for some it has become taboo to use it.
Listen to your hair, and judge if co-washing is a good cleansing method for your hair. Once you have understanding about how your hair works, it will be easier for you to decide on the best options for you.
If you wash your hair with conditioner and you realize that your scalp does not look clean, or that your hair looks greasy and feel waxy, then your hair needs some real no nonsense cleansing – not a cowash*.
How do you feel about cowashing vs shampoo? Does washing with conditioner clean your hair effectively?