Co-washing, for many women, has become a way to mitigate dryness that is experienced after cleansing hair, but this method is definitely not without its flaws. Ditching shampoo for conditioner may leave you with hair that is more moisturized and with curl definition.
However, without balancing your routine with a moisturizing shampoo or at the very least a natural clarifier, after a while you will find yourself in a sticky situation…literally! Trust me, it can get pretty gross.
Even though shampoo doesn’t always leave our hair feeling or looking the way that we would like it to it, shampoo plays a very important role. It removes the buildup, dirt, and oil from our hair. While we may find this to be stripping to our hair, sometimes we need it. If you are a heavy product user like myself, your hair needs the relief.
For the past month I was doing the Max Hydration Method. While my results were pretty awesome, as I predicted, I got lazy. The Max Hydration Method includes a lot steps. The first step of this method requires that you remove build up from your hair using a natural baking soda mixture for clarifying. Overtime, I began to slack and decided to take a shortcut by opting to just co-wash my hair and proceeded to the next steps. I went without using shampoo or a natural clarifying solution.
For a while this worked out fine. My hair was supple, curls were popping, and best of all moisturized. As time went on, I began to notice that the front section of my hair had a spot where my hair gel decided to just cling on. I would try washing it out with my conditioner or rinsing out with water as I scrubbed it for dear life, but it just would not leave. In fact, it seemed like co-washing it was making it worse. It was almost as if the conditioner was sticking to the hair gel and combining with it leaving my hair with this horrible gooky feeling. I tried washing it out using just water at least 3 more times and when I looked in the mirror it was still there! I couldn’t believe it.
To remove the buildup, I ended up letting baking soda sit on my head for at least an hour, and I rinsed it out using shampoo. This ended up getting got the job done. This has to be one of the worst experiences I have had with my hair. Never before had I experienced a product that just sat in my hair no matter how hard I scrubbed it or washed it.
This doesn’t mean that I am giving up on co-washing, but it has led me to the conclusion that for my hair, there comes a point where I just have to shampoo. Co-washing, in most cases, will help you to have more moisture in your hair, however it must be balanced by using a cleanser. To avoid experiencing what I went through, make sure you incorporate shampooing or clarifying into your routine, even it it is just 1 to 2 times per month. You can cut down on dryness by following up with a deep conditioning session.