The previous article – Is Co-Washing Good for Natural Hair? – covered the benefits of co-washing natural hair, the best way to co-wash and answers to FAQs about co-washing.
I also recommended a few co-wash conditioners in that article but will be covering even more in this article.
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Co-Washing Best Practices
Before we jump into the list, I’m going to cover co-washing best practices. Despite its benefits, there are some things to look out for so you don’t experience hair loss in the long term:-
1. Co-Washing Hair Exclusively
As fantastic as co-washing is, it shouldn’t be your default way to clean your hair. Co-washing a couple of times a week for a few weeks at a time is fine but pay attention to your hair.
If your hair starts to feel filmy and gummy after a couple of weeks, it’s time to clarify with a gentle shampoo. Great shampoo recommendations at 22 Shampoos That Gently Clarify the Hair.
2. Co-Washing Hair with Build Up
If you have build up from products previously applied as well as natural oils, do not co-wash your hair. You must clarify your hair first and deep condition then proceed on to co-wash once or twice a week for the next few weeks.
3. Don’t Ignore the Scalp Massage Brush
A good scalp massage brush will help loosen the dirt and build up on your scalp and relax your senses.
For more benefits of scalp massages and best scalp massage brushes, read Best Scalp Massage Brush for Healthy Natural Hair Growth.
3. Be Cautious If You Have Thin Hair
Co-washing thin hair constantly can lead to weighed down lifeless locks. Depending on your hair type, you could also end up with greasy hair.
If you have thin hair, start with once a week and see how your hair reacts to it. You may also need to clarify more.
Lots of options to choose from. If you’re on a specific regimen like the Max Hydration Method, for instance, you may want to pay closer attention to the co-wash ingredients before purchasing.
Do you have an awesome co-wash you’ve tried and loved that isn’t on the list? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll update the list.
Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…