Leeza wonders if co washing natural hair really works to keep your scalp and hair clean.
Hair Tip #1 Co Washing Is Meant Just For Moisturization
Co washing is a moisturizing process that involves washing your hair with water and your choice of rinse conditioner to moisturize your hair without the need to shampoo wash your hair. Cowashing is not a cleansing process but it can be a mild cleansing process if your co washing conditioner is filled with surfactants that are designed to cleanse your hair and scalp. To learn how to shop for the products that you will need to fit your specific hair care needs, check out my book!
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Hair Tip #2 Surfactants have to be Present To Cleanse The Hair & Scalp
Shampoos are design to raise aggravate the surface of your hair and scalp to lift dirt, dandruff and product buildup. Avoid cleansing agents in your shampoos called sulfates (or any other that usually end in “ate”) to prevent your hair from becoming chronically dry. The only time sulfates are appropriate is if you have product buildup and following this wash, IT IS A MUST THAT YOU DEEP CONDITION to restore much need moisture back into your hair from the inside out.
Hair Tip #3 Constant Co Washing With Little to No Cleansing Can Cause Build Up
To avoid product buildup, which happens all the time from co washing, you have to make sure that you are only co washing at the minimum of one or twice a week. If you feel as though you need to co wash more frequently for moisture, it is safe to assume that you are not properly oil sealing to prevent your hair from drying out.
Depending on the ingredients found in your hair conditioners (explained in The Black Hair Manual), you will be able to determine whether or not a specific conditioner is best for a leave on, deep conditioner or a co wash conditioner. Co washing conditioner should contain ingredients that are water soluble but not shaft penetrating, leave in conditioners should contain ingredients that are shaft penetrating and deep conditioners should also be shaft penetrating as well. Refer specifically to my book or generally to my hair care website for more hair care and product information!
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