Co-washing exclusively does not get rid of oils and build-up of products used on the hair. This is where cleansing your hair either with a clarifying shampoo, a sulfate shampoo or a formulated clay once to twice a month will prove beneficial for the hair. It’s basically given your strands a fresh start to “breathe” not feeling “choked” with left behind products on hair, and giving the strands the opportunity to allow better flow of moisture to enter in. One of the issue with co-washing only, for some individuals, the hair is prone to product build-up. Overtime, you may notice curls are not as defined, holding up well, even after using the same products as before. You might want to consider using a moisturizing shampoo or a clarifying shampoo.
Co-washing only can potentially lead to scalp issues, such as itchy scalp. Sweat, oils, and products left on the scalp need to be cleansed to maintain a healthy clean scalp. Last thing we want are clogged follicles, which can lead to potential hair breakage or gradual hair loss.
Co-washing is limited based on the quantity of product build-up on the hair. Even when formulated with cleansing agents. Co-washing with a regular rinse conditioner or deep conditioner certainly has no effect to cleanse the scalp and hair as its not formulated too. It’s like putting lotion on your skin. The sole purpose of a regular rinse condition is to moisturize, repair some damage, and soften the hair.
If you use heavy products, such as hair creams, castor oil, olive oil, shea butter or cocoa butter they coat and sit on the hair to lock in the moisture. Even gels and pomades used as stylers or to lay edges are thick and dry on the hair. Co-washing these out will be somewhat of a challenge.I am not disapproving Co-washing. Using a formulated Co-washing product helps to moisturize the hair and retain most of hair’s own oil. I do use in my regimen based on the condition of my hair. Just keep a balance use of co-washing and incorporating moisturizing shampoo or clarifying shampoo to really cleanse the scalp and hair at least once a month for a better healthy hair care regimen. Using sulphate shampoo or clarifying shampoo has its purpose when needed, to give the strands a fresh start. Just remember to follow up with a deep conditioner to restore balance of hairs moisture.
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