If you are unfamiliar with co-washing, it is simply washing the hair using a conditioner. I know what you must be ruminating. You’re probably asking yourself how you are washing your hair if you are using a conditioner. Well, the truth of the matter is, you are not actually washing your hair . You are only adding moisture to the hair that was lost throughout the week.
African American hair has the proclivity to be dryer than any other hair type, which can cause break outs or split ends, which that can also lead to a break out. This is also the reason why you see a lot of African American women with short hair or the same length of hair for years. The hair is growing but since the individual isn’t moisturizing the hair daily or as often as needed, the hair breaks off from the ends.
The ends of the hair are the most vital component as it is the oldest part of your hair and it’s more prone to breakage. If you keep your ends moisturized, then you should be able to retain length and see growth.
Aside from moisturizing you hair, you should co-wash it to keep it moisturized and healthy. It doesn’t matter which conditioner you use but my favorite is V05 moisture milks. When taking a shower, you can spread the conditioner evenly throughout your hair as if it were an actual shampoo. Leave it in your hair for at least 5 minutes and it will leave your hair soft and moisturized.
How Often Should You Co-Wash Your Hair
When it appertains to co-washing African American hair, there isn’t a limit to how many times you can co-wash your hair. Most people prefer to co-wash daily, once a week and some like to co-wash two -three times per week, which is fine. It all depends on what you can handle. Some people are busy throughout the week and prefer to co-wash once a week like I do. I always co-wash my hair in the middle of the week, Wednesday.
The more you co-wash your hair, the better results you will have. You will see your hair gain strength and when it’s at that state you can expect to see hair growth. Co-washing the hair every day is a lot of work but it is recommended for those who are just starting their hair care journey. When you first start a healthy hair care journey, your first priority should be to get your hair healthy. If your hair is not healthy, you will always encounter breakage just as I did. Co-wash the hair as often as needed and your hair will be on its way to a much healthier state.
Here is a list of the most popular conditioners that people are using to co-wash their hair:
- Shea Moisture