Call me ignorant but-- Is co-washing bad?!

As a loose curled lady with fine, wavy to curly, non-porous hair, I have to say that for me co-washing is bad. Did the lady who said this have type 4 hair? I think that ppl do not understand that build up can be far more damaging than using shampoo. How do you conclude that your products do not build up? All products build up and have to be washed out. The more you slather on the "lotion," the more shampoo you will need. So it balances out. It took me a long time to learn how to trust a one time oil application until my next wash. It took breakage. That may not happen to curlier hair that needs the moisture, but remember how moisturizing your hair works. You cannot moisturize dirty, filmy hair.
As a loose curled lady with fine, wavy to curly, non-porous hair, I have to say that for me co-washing is bad. Did the lady who said this have type 4 hair? I think that ppl do not understand that build up can be far more damaging than using shampoo. How do you conclude that your products do not build up? All products build up and have to be washed out. The more you slather on the "lotion," the more shampoo you will need. So it balances out. It took me a long time to learn how to trust a one time oil application until my next wash. It took breakage. That may not happen to curlier hair that needs the moisture, but remember how moisturizing your hair works. You cannot moisturize dirty, filmy hair.
Originally Posted by hiplengthcurls
If someone cowashes that doesnt always mean mean they dont also shampoo. I shampoo once a week and cowash in between. I also avoid conditioners without certain ingredients to slow down how long it takes me to get build up. Cowashing for me at least is about refreshing my hair not so much gettng it super clean. Plus I try to stick to products that rinse out clean.
One huge factor is the quality and pH of the water source used on the hair. Most water has a pH hovering around 7 or slightly above, making it neutral or slightly alkaline. But since hair has a natural pH of about 4.5-5.0, it tends to thrive with substances (including water) that are balanced to that pH. If you're wetting your hair each day, you probably want to occasionally do an ACV rinse to help keep your hair w/in normal pH range.

If you have "hard water" (which is typically alkaline water that contains an excess of minerals like calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide and iron), every time you wet your hair you could be knocking your hair's natural pH balance out of whack and creating mineral build up on your hair.

So if you're a person who wets your hair every day with hard water and co-washes only, you could end up with a nasty outcome over time: dry, brittle, dull hair that won't curl up right.

If you know you live in an area w/relatively hard water, you might consider buying a chelating shampoo to use every 1 or 2 months in order to remove any mineral build up from your hair. As aforementioned, you might also consider occasional ACV rinses to correct your hair's pH balance. ... If you frequently "refresh" your hair with water, you might wanna buy some distilled water to refresh.
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Sounds interesting Korkscrew. I'm actually having the crispy feeling but I think its because I'm do for a haircut. Maybe the occasional rinse/low poo may help. I just hate the clean feeling (I know im weird). Idk I love moisturizing cleanses and im so tangly!!

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I know what you mean about disliking the "clean" feeling I only use an actual shampoo once or twice a month (co-washing in between), and I never care for that squeaky clean feel right afterward. I make sure to use a good, moisturizing conditioner afterward.

You raise a good point about getting a hair cut. Sometimes the hair is simply too old - too weathered to be on its best behavior, so getting some of that old hair cut off can create such an improvement
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Well call me the bad girl, lotion user...LOL. I only co-wash...my hair gets shampooed at the salon which i do like every eight weeks to stay on top of trims. I wash every other week usually sometimes every week depending on whats going on in my life. I have foudn that shampoo is the devil to my hair. it takes so much to put back in what shampoo(low poo, natural, regular) takes out. I just let that go. It's been the best thing for my hair. I am past twa probably 8-10 inches stretched...2-4 inches unstretched. I've seen tremendous change in my hair once i stopped using shampoo. I think you just gotta do what works for you.
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For me co washing does not work; it isn't neccesarily "bad" but my hair thinned out a lot when i did it, it also shedded way to much. My hair loved it, my scalp not so much. XP you should do what works for you, everyone's hair is different. Some need more moisture than others and vice versa

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