Dear CurlySuzy: I'm really confused. I keep reading articles and hearing people say different opinions on washing your hair every day. Some people say that co-washing your hair (not shampooing) is bad because it dries out the hair. On the other hand, I have also read that co-washing every day is OK, as long as you're not shampooing. Which party is right? I have really thick wavy/curly 2c hair. I've tried co-washing my hair only three times a week, but my hair still gets really knotted and matted when I sleep, despite my attempts at the pineapple or sleeping with a bonnet. Co-washing my hair every day is the only way I can avoid stepping out of the house looking like Don King, but I'm afraid I might be drying out my hair. What is your opinion? I would really appreciate your help, thanks!
Dear Annabell: I think co-washing on a daily basis is fine and cleansing once or twice a week is a good routine. In regards to co-washing drying your hair out, I think it depends on the conditioner that you are using. I think it is great to co-wash daily if you are using a moisturizing conditioner that is silicone-free. That way you are not causing build-up that then leads to dryness. Here is some silicone info:
Not Water Soluble
Learn more about silicones here.
Amodimethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone
Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolized Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, Lauryl methicone Copolyol, PEG -12 Dimethicone, PEG- 8 Dimethicone, PEG-modified Dimethicone
Here is a list of some silicone-free conditioners that are super that we sell—
- Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner
- Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
- Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner
- DevaCare One Condition
I hope this clears up the confusion about co-washing. Please email me if it doesn't or if you have more questions.