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

Okay so I was visiting at the salon talking with another natural (who has been natural for years) and we were talking about regimens, products, styles, etc. When I mentioned to her that I co-wash everyday (I have a twa-- and wash & go's are my only option at the moment) she told me that Im adding too much moisture, and that its bad for my hair!

At first, I was a little skeptical to take her word as gospel because she doesnt have the most moisturized hair but after a while I started thinking she may be somewhat right.

Is that the case?? Can you over-moisturize your hair? Do any other curly heads co-wash on a daily basis?
There were times, both recently and in the past where I co-washed my hair. Weather, physical activity, style preference, the condition of my hair, etc determines what I do to it.

My hair LOVE moisture and water. Its porous, and drinks it all up. Conditioners, light oils, water - bring it on!

I don't see how hair can be over moisturized.
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I think when you have a TWA, co-washing is your best friend! At that length, it's easy, and it helps your hair look fresh every day. I am not sure if you plan to grow your hair longer, but the ends of your hair is the oldest part of your hair, and you have to treat it right, so it will act right...I guess it depends on the porosity of your hair, but I don't think I will have a problem being over moisturized any time soon! LOL
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yes, you can over-moisturize your hair. you have to maintain a moisture-protein balance.

i think that as long as your hair is getting some type of protein and is not breaking, you are fine.

signs of over-moisturized hair are hair feeling mushy, hair becoming too elastic, and breakage.
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Here is a a link that I think does a good job of explaining balancing moisture and protein.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ge=true&cat=69

But to answer your question yes, too much of anything can have negative consequences.
Great link NappyNisha.. Yea i figured it could eventually do harm, but i didnt think co-washing everyday was a problem!

My twa loves loves leave in conditioner and moisturizers
however, to me, cleansing one's hair w/conditioner is akin to taking a bath or a shower with body lotion. Perhaps some won't like reading this, but, the concept just doesn't seem logical to me.
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Great link NappyNisha.. Yea i figured it could eventually do harm, but i didnt think co-washing everyday was a problem!

My twa loves loves leave in conditioner and moisturizers
Originally Posted by Curly-Carle
Everyone's hair loves moisture.. I would think..so don't worry about it, just be sure to give it protein as well. You should be fine.
however, to me, cleansing one's hair w/conditioner is akin to taking a bath or a shower with body lotion. Perhaps some won't like reading this, but, the concept just doesn't seem logical to me.
Originally Posted by teachermrw
I don't really get the analogy since shampoo and conditioner are both something you rinse out. Lotion is something to be left on.

Shampoo is mainly for cleansing the scalp and rid it of build-up, so if you are not using products that build up, why use it every other day if that is how often you wash? Conditioner is really for the strands, so if you don't have a lot of product in your hair, using conditioner will leave your hair clean as well.
I have a twa but i dont cowash i just wash my hair once a week with a shampoo and conditioner. I think if i started washing my hair everyday my hair would be really dry. It already takes a few days for my hair to revive it from being dry after i wash it.. :/

Can i cowash like every other week? o.0 Cause i wanna try it..
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I have been a "true" natural for over a year, but I haven't had a relaxer in over four years. If water touches my body, then conditioner touches my hair. I use a leave in that has a high protein content. I love co washing. I will miss the summer because in Chicago wet hair in the morning isn't cool. I didn't mind the shrinkage.






Great article!!

I think that co-washing thing is all a matter of personal preference really. I've tried co-washing several times and it does absolutely nothing for my hair or scalp. I use shampoo every time my hair gets wet in the shower ( 1-2 times a week). I use a lot of oils/butters/creams in my hair so I need shampoo to cleanse my hair to get rid of those products. Conditioner doesn't do that.
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Co-washing is something I do between actual washing to kinda refresh my hair. Co-washing does cut down on some buildup because if I have gel in my hair, if I were just to rinse with water & try to style again it would not work at all. If I co-wash then it gets rid of the gel gunk. Also stops my scalp from itching & since I work out 5x a week, I need to have water touching my hair often. You can overmoisturize but good luck trying LoL. Not saying it is impossible, because it isn't, but dry hair is a far bigger epidemic than overmoisturized hair. Adding moisture to a TWA is one of the best things you can do for it.
Co-washing is something I do between actual washing to kinda refresh my hair. Co-washing does cut down on some buildup because if I have gel in my hair, if I were just to rinse with water & try to style again it would not work at all. If I co-wash then it gets rid of the gel gunk. Also stops my scalp from itching & since I work out 5x a week, I need to have water touching my hair often. You can overmoisturize but good luck trying LoL. Not saying it is impossible, because it isn't, but dry hair is a far bigger epidemic than overmoisturized hair. Adding moisture to a TWA is one of the best things you can do for it.
Originally Posted by FoxyCleopatra
Yes! Sweating at the gym is huge for me. The salty sweat is worse for my hair than actual moisture. In my original response, I didn't mention that I use protein in my hair. Some of my products (gels, creams) have protein in it and I do a specific treatment once every two weeks or so.
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She's saying that the act of cleansing the hair with conditioner (exclusively) is comparable to cleansing your body with lotion...and technically it is.

The thing is though, it's not necessary to clean with soap daily. You CAN remove dirt and debris from your scalp with conditioner. The same applies to lotion. Actually, cleansing sugar scrubs (the ones that aren't completely oil base) actually are lotion based for mild cleansing and exfoliating properties.

however, to me, cleansing one's hair w/conditioner is akin to taking a bath or a shower with body lotion. Perhaps some won't like reading this, but, the concept just doesn't seem logical to me.
Originally Posted by teachermrw
I don't really get the analogy since shampoo and conditioner are both something you rinse out. Lotion is something to be left on.

Shampoo is mainly for cleansing the scalp and rid it of build-up, so if you are not using products that build up, why use it every other day if that is how often you wash? Conditioner is really for the strands, so if you don't have a lot of product in your hair, using conditioner will leave your hair clean as well.
Originally Posted by NappyNisha
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Im not really getting the lotion analogy either. wouldn't lotion be equivalent to hair grease or oil?
This is so random but Foxy, I've been meaning to tell you...your hair (color, curls and everything) is GORGEOUS. Everytime you post my eyes go straight to your hair pics.

I tried to color my hair that way and ended up getting streaks (wasn't really what I wanted) so you know I'm over here jealous..lol.
quote=FoxyCleopatra;1469148]Co-washing is something I do between actual washing to kinda refresh my hair. Co-washing does cut down on some buildup because if I have gel in my hair, if I were just to rinse with water & try to style again it would not work at all. If I co-wash then it gets rid of the gel gunk. Also stops my scalp from itching & since I work out 5x a week, I need to have water touching my hair often. You can overmoisturize but good luck trying LoL. Not saying it is impossible, because it isn't, but dry hair is a far bigger epidemic than overmoisturized hair. Adding moisture to a TWA is one of the best things you can do for it.[/quote]
It is possible to overcondition your hair. I've done it. I can't leave my dcs in for more than half an hour because my hair turns to mush. I had to do several protein treatments to get it back right. But there are people who can leave dcs in overnight.

I co-wash usually every other day and it keeps my hair moisturized. Maybe it works for me because I rinse most of the conditioner out of my hair. I think whether it's good or bad depends on the person's hair.
This is so random but Foxy, I've been meaning to tell you...your hair (color, curls and everything) is GORGEOUS. Everytime you post my eyes go straight to your hair pics.

I tried to color my hair that way and ended up getting streaks (wasn't really what I wanted) so you know I'm over here jealous..lol.
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Im not really getting the lotion analogy either. wouldn't lotion be equivalent to hair grease or oil?
Originally Posted by Curly-Carle
You're right. Conditioners do also contain cleansers in them (my hair squeaks when I use it!), just not as much as shampoos. Like commenters earlier mentioned, co-washing helps to remove buildup in between washes, and lessen itching.

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