Does frequent cowashing work for you 4s?

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By frequent I mean maybe once every 3 or 4 days. Or more than that, if thats your thing, tell us!

I really want some other opinions on this. Ive usually washed my hair once a week. I get tangles from shed hairs wrapping around other strands. Thats the basis of most of my tangles. I was watching one you tuber who cowashes once every 2 days and she mentioned the need to get rid of the shed hair build up in the hair. Thats how she keeps her wash n gos tangle-free. If you wait longer, more shed hairs will be trapped in there and cause more drama in one hair washing session. Makes sense.

So I've been cowashing or just rinsing with water every 4 days or so instead of once a week (every 6-8 days). I know I could also just spritz and moisturize and detangle without a rinse, but the stream of water helps so much with gentle detangling. I rinsed my hair with just water, lightly finger detangling, yesterday and it was so easy to work with after. So my plan for now is to rinse with water between my weekly (every 7/8 days) cowash, to lightly detangle and get out some shed hairs.

Does more frequent cowashing or rinsing work for other 4s here?
24y/o - 4a - Medium texture - Medium to high Density - Medium to High porosity - Still figuring things out

Low-Poo: SheaMoisture Moisture Retention
No-poo: Terresentials Pure Earth Hair Wash
Cowash: Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
Leave-in: SheaMoisture Restorative, Nature's Gate Hemp
Styler: SheaMoisture Curling Gel Souffle
Deep Condish: Trying out KBB Luscious Locks, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, SM Elixir
When my hair was shorter I washed almost every other day but now that it's longer I find it beneficial I sometimes wash twice a week it does help. It also keeps the hair moisturized. Co washing is great.
By frequent I mean maybe once every 3 or 4 days. Or more than that, if thats your thing, tell us!

I really want some other opinions on this. Ive usually washed my hair once a week. I get tangles from shed hairs wrapping around other strands. Thats the basis of most of my tangles. I was watching one you tuber who cowashes once every 2 days and she mentioned the need to get rid of the shed hair build up in the hair. Thats how she keeps her wash n gos tangle-free. If you wait longer, more shed hairs will be trapped in there and cause more drama in one hair washing session. Makes sense.

So I've been cowashing or just rinsing with water every 4 days or so instead of once a week (every 6-8 days). I know I could also just spritz and moisturize and detangle without a rinse, but the stream of water helps so much with gentle detangling. I rinsed my hair with just water, lightly finger detangling, yesterday and it was so easy to work with after. So my plan for now is to rinse with water between my weekly (every 7/8 days) cowash, to lightly detangle and get out some shed hairs.

Does more frequent cowashing or rinsing work for other 4s here?
Originally Posted by Whimsicurl


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The only time I can wash daily or more than twice a week is if my hair is ultra short. After 2 inches it's too much of a hassle. My hair is too dense, coarse, wiry and hard to style.


Right now I have bra strap length when stretched, (my hair shrinks like nobody's business). I wash every 7 to 10 days and twist. That's all I can deal with at this length.
I used to cowash my hair once a week but I've been pushing it to two weeks now. For me, frequent cowashing means my hair won't ever dry properly which means I'll eventually get sick. Plus I have limited my wash n go's to finger coils and I don't have the time or patience to finger coil my entire thick head of hair every time I wash it.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Cowash: Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Curls Unleashed No Boundaries
Oils: olive, argan, and Jamaican Black castor oils
I used to cowash my hair once a week but I've been pushing it to two weeks now. For me, frequent cowashing means my hair won't ever dry properly which means I'll eventually get sick. Plus I have limited my wash n go's to finger coils and I don't have the time or patience to finger coil my entire thick head of hair every time I wash it.
Originally Posted by SweetRellie
I tried finger coiling but my was not having it. Last few washes/rinses I've been doing some form of a "wash n go" - more like wash n stretch - with the shingling method. (just using a lot of gel and pulling pieces out to define them one by one.

My hair is about shoulder length with light stretching. If I pull it down straight, the longest layer is boob length but the shorter top layer is upper chest length. I feel like my hair has been the same length forever, so I'm trying to pay very close to my routine to make sure all the hairs that go everywhere or come out while finger detangling are mostly shed hairs. I want more length! I wouldn't rinse more than once between weekly washing though.
24y/o - 4a - Medium texture - Medium to high Density - Medium to High porosity - Still figuring things out

Low-Poo: SheaMoisture Moisture Retention
No-poo: Terresentials Pure Earth Hair Wash
Cowash: Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
Leave-in: SheaMoisture Restorative, Nature's Gate Hemp
Styler: SheaMoisture Curling Gel Souffle
Deep Condish: Trying out KBB Luscious Locks, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, SM Elixir
I co-wash every or every other day. I can't imagine not doing it that way. My hair is about 9-10 inches stretched
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I go 3 days between washes most of the year. Day 4 at most and that wouldhave to be a bun. Actually it's a once a week shampoo then cowash. in the summer I cowash every other day. I dentangle with a tool once a week then my fingers the other times. If I skip a comb or brush once a week my shed hair wraps around and gives me bad tangles. my hair is bsl stretched.
By frequent I mean maybe once every 3 or 4 days. Or more than that, if thats your thing, tell us!

I really want some other opinions on this. Ive usually washed my hair once a week. I get tangles from shed hairs wrapping around other strands. Thats the basis of most of my tangles. I was watching one you tuber who cowashes once every 2 days and she mentioned the need to get rid of the shed hair build up in the hair. Thats how she keeps her wash n gos tangle-free. If you wait longer, more shed hairs will be trapped in there and cause more drama in one hair washing session. Makes sense.

So I've been cowashing or just rinsing with water every 4 days or so instead of once a week (every 6-8 days). I know I could also just spritz and moisturize and detangle without a rinse, but the stream of water helps so much with gentle detangling. I rinsed my hair with just water, lightly finger detangling, yesterday and it was so easy to work with after. So my plan for now is to rinse with water between my weekly (every 7/8 days) cowash, to lightly detangle and get out some shed hairs.

Does more frequent cowashing or rinsing work for other 4s here?
Originally Posted by Whimsicurl

I really think it depends upon your objectives...


For grooming if hair is very short or being worn out, co-washing definitely helps with texture and softness, but for growing hair longer, I find that leaving the hair alone, to rest and accumulate length (in twists for longer periods is better (without extension weight on the hair)-for long term growth maint...)
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or Liquid African Black Soap (only 4-ingredients ; awesome!)
Co-Wash: Aubrey Organics or Suave Condish
Condish: Aubrey Organics or Onion Mask or Yogurt
DT: Honey + Olive Oil + AO Condish or Yogurt mix
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The think is it's not just about being a 4 as to what works. My hair hates being left alone. I need more than a once a week detangling. If I put in twists for an extended time ie more than a few days or it will tangle badly with shed hair and I will be cutting out knots.
I cowash nearly every day - even in the winter. If it's super cold out, I will not. But in the winter I just loosely wrap my head with a nice scarf and keep it moving. But yes, nearly EVERY day. My hair loves and thrives on it. If it's warm out, I just let the windows down and let the air blow it dry on my way to work. In the winter the heat is on, so I'm pretty good. There is only one spot on the back of my head that takes a while to get dry.

When I cowash I can keep better track of my hair. I'm finger combing, and fondling it, to make sure it "feels right". It's hard to explain. LOL
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In the summer when it was above 80 degrees, I washed my hair 3 times a week sometimes (twice just conditioner, and once with a shampoo for example). Minimum twice a week in the summer because I just felt better.

Right now it's about 50-60 degrees and I do once or twice a week, and I really would like to do minimum twice but I haven't had the energy or desire to do full detangling sessions anymore now that my hair has grown to collarbone length.

I didn't say "co-wash" because I honestly and truly haven't found a conditioner that I love.

Now that I've discovered clay, I typically apply tons of oil, then if my hair is showing gel buildup and really dirty I will shampoo, if not, I skip straight to the clay, rinse out and then apply a bit of any conditioner and rinse again after 5 minutes.



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my hair is normal-ish porosity / dense / fine+medium strands
Yes I do frequent cowashing or rewetting and it really cuts down the tangles. My hair is fairly long and it works for me.
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