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Potential Pitfalls of Co-washing

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Mar 17, 2021

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Co-washing is the practice of washing your hair with conditioner in place of a shampoo. The practice is one of the ways curlies help to keep hair moisturized and frizz-free. As the popularity of co-washing increased, product manufacturers began offering products usually called co-washes or cleansing conditioners as an alternative for traditional conditioners which are sometimes still used to co-wash.

Co-washing is a gentler option than shampooing for cleansing the hair. It is the primary cleansing method for many naturals. Despite its benefits, however, sometimes co-washing is not without its pitfalls and unexpected, negative outcomes may manifest themselves in the look, feel, and behavior of your hair. Let’s review some of the signs that co-washing is no longer serving your hair well and how to correct them.

There are three (3) major indicators that your cleansing conditioner or co-wash is not working properly.

1. Residue on the scalp after co-washing

Residue on the scalp is a definitive sign of product buildup. It also means that whatever you are using to co-wash your hair is not suitable for the products that your hair and scalp are being exposed to. A “stronger” cleanse, typically a moisturizing shampoo, but in severe cases, a clarifying shampoo–may be required to provide the thorough, deep clean your hair and scalp requires. The nature of conditioners and co-washes is such that they will leave a residue behind after use and as such, it is good practice to use a shampoo every few months or so, depending on how often you co-wash, to remove all build-up from your hair and scalp.

2. Your hair feels drier than normal

Once strands are coated by buildup it becomes impossible for any product applied on top of that to work effectively. The buildup will impede access to the hair strands so your moisturizers will be ineffective and you may even start to notice flaking. Hair affected by product buildup will become drier over time and will look dull and lifeless. It is always a good idea to pay attention to your hair so that you can notice the signs of things not being as they usually are to prevent more serious issues from developing.

If your holy grail moisturizers and or stylers start to fail you, try a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse.

3. Your hair looks and feels dull, lifeless, and spongy

In addition to product buildup which can weigh the hair down and decrease its natural shine, co-washing can cause hair to become overloaded with moisture. If your hair starts feeling limp, spongy, and softer than what you have become accustomed to after you’ve added regular co-washing or change the product you use for co=washing then it is likely you are experiencing over-moisturized hair. Another sign your hair maybe over-moisturized is If it stretches and stretches without breaking. Over-moisturized hair should be treated with protein to restore the hair’s balance and restore its health. You will need to reduce how often you co-wash and add a light to mild protein treatment to your hair regimen in order to restore your hair’s protein-moisture balance.

Co-washing is a great practice for keeping hair healthy and moisturized, particularly for those who have hair that is chronically dry. However, too much of a good thing can have negative consequences. As long as you are vigilant and pay close attention to your hair you should be able to readily identify and correct any issues that may arise.

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