Cleansing conditioners are beneficial for curls because they do not strip moisture, and the natural oil, called sebum from the hair. However, when it comes to scalp care, co-washing can be detrimental, especially if you have a flaky scalp condition or are experiencing hair loss.
Hair thinning and hair loss are the same and are used to describe bald spots, loss of density, loss of hair with a noticeable scalp, and excessive shedding.
If you notice hair loss after using a cleansing conditioner several times, there can be ingredients in the product that you are sensitive to. Burning, itching, and flaking can also result. If you have a sensitivity to an ingredient and experience any of these symptoms, it is called scalp contact dermatitis.
It is not the act of co-washing that can cause hair loss, but sensitivity to ingredients found in any hair care product.
If you are experiencing hair loss prior to co-washing, you want to keep the scalp free from excess buildup. Co-washing limits the ability to do so, and will not create a healthy environment for the hair to grow healthy.
To help the scalp get clean and feel invigorated, try Taliah Waajid Stimulating Herbal Cleanser; it can be used before you shampoo, for gentle deep cleansing that will not dry out your curls, or on your scalp. It is sulfate-free and removes dirt with the mild surfactant Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
Taliah Waajid Stimulating Herbal Cleanser has camphor and menthol in it which leaves a cool sensation on the scalp. It helps stimulate the scalp with the use of green tea extract.
If you have a scalp condition that causes dandruff, co-washing, will not help remove flakes, excess oil, or dirt from the scalp. When buildup is not removed from the scalp properly, itching of the scalp and dandruff get worse. Dirt, oil, and flakes need to be removed by cleansing with shampoo. Using a pH balanced sulfate-free shampoo, that will help remove flakes, soothe your scalp, and control itch without stripping your curls of moisture.
Try PURA D'OR Scalp & Dandruff Premium Organic Argan Oil Treatment Shampoo. This shampoo has tea tree oil, peppermint oil, to reduce bacteria on the scalp that causes dandruff, and leave the skin feeling cool and refreshed. PURA D'OR Scalp & Dandruff Premium Organic Argan Oil Treatment Shampoo also contains lemon oil that naturally cleanses and purifies the scalp.
If you want to use a product that has the consistency of conditioner, but the cleansing capabilities of shampoo, try Kera Care Natural Textures Cleansing Cream. It lathers enough for your hair to feel clean, but will not tangle the hair or disturb your curl pattern.
See a dermatologist or trichologist for a proper diagnosis if you are experiencing hair loss or think you may have a scalp condition.