Co-Wash: Wait, what? Banning Shampoos?


We all know shampoos can be such a vilan. It removes impurities, but along with the foam a lot of our precious natural oil goes down the drain as well. I found that out after I went natural and the crown of my hair always had dry ends. I couldn't understand why even though I deep conditioned it every week, it was never soft enough.
So I started researching. Here's the naked truth: curly hair requires more time for their natural oil to reach its ends.
Let's ponder together, on straight hair the "holy" oil quickly slides down to the ends. Now, on our cute coils, it must be something like those BK's huge crazy slide. 
By now you may be asking "What are you trying to get to, Girlfriend? I am not a kid and I'm not very fond of playground talks." I am trying to instigate you on how to get that oil to reach the ends! That's all!
I got down to business and went on a quest to find our how to "miraculify" our natural hydration.
That's when I came across to lots of articles regarding Co-washing.
Have you ever thought about washing your hair without the vilain?No? I didn't use to either.
I found an article on Black Girl with Long Hair  that is quite clear on how you can make Co-washing effective.Read it below.

"Conditioner washing is a method that has its ups and downs. Can you wash your hair with conditioner? Yes you can and it is not really because hair conditioner contains surfactants as you will often see written as an explanation. The surfactants in hair conditioner are actually designed to stick to hair while those in shampoo are intended to bind to oil and lift it off the surface. In the grand scheme of things, shampoo will remove more oil and dirt than conditioner, conditioner will remove more oil and dirt than using plain water. It is perfectly acceptable to wash your hair with conditioner but there are key tips and tricks to making it work on a long term basis.
1. Do not co-wash with a deep conditioner
If you are intending to regularly co-wash your hair (3 times or more per week), do not pick a conditioner labelled as a deep conditioner or intensive mask. These tend to contain a higher proportion of ingredients that stick to the surface of hair and give softness for example behentrimonium methosulfate. This is not to say that these ingredients are bad, it is simply that the conditioner is formulated for less frequent use and you can cause build up to form by reapplying it constantly without using a shampoo in between. A simple rinse out conditioner with the same ingredient is more likely to work better as it is made for more frequent use and therefore formulated to be lighter and easier to wash off. Use your deep conditioner when you feel your hair requires additional care.
2. Be aware of silicones in styling products not the conditioner
You do not need to avoid silicones completely to get the most from a co-washing routine. It is the pure silicone serums that generally cause problems. If you use these type of products for daily styling, it may not be possible to benefit from co-washing. Most modern conditioners  use what are known as amine modified silicones usually noted by amo, amino, amine  (for example amodimethicone, bis-aminopropyl dimethicone). These are water soluble silicones and are easily washed off, nothing to be concerned about in terms of blocking moisture to hair.
3. Alternate with shampoo
Having the occasional wash with shampoo is the real trick to being able to successfully manage a co-wash routine. The shampoo will help cleanse hair thoroughly and do note that it is perfectly fine to use a mild sulfate free shampoo or shampoo bar. The idea is that you utilise a cleansing product on occasion to help clear off any build up before it becomes an issue.  The alternation routine is really up to you and your hair. You can shampoo wash once a week, once every two weeks or once a month……….just don’t forget to do it.
4. Consider your environment and lifestyle
Regular exercisers who sweat heavily may find that shampooing on a daily basis is too harsh. Conditioner washing is a perfect solution for them. However, if you live in an area of high pollution or your work brings your hair into contact with a high level of dust or dirt, you may find that a co-washing routine actually makes your hair dirtier as hair conditioner has a tendency to attract and bind particles. Finding a mild shampoo may be a better alternative instead of adopting a co-wash routine."
Ladies, you, more than anyone else, are the ones who actually know your fro. I have to admit that once I started Co-washing and told my dermatologist about it she nearly had an imediate heart attack. She almost made me wash my hair in her office! When I told my girls? Their " eek" face... BUT since it's my strands on the line, I'm the one who comprehends them, and I figured out what works for my hair.
My scalp isn't very oil, but on the other hand it's pretty peculiar. I must wash my hair once a week with a regular shampoo for curls and a dandruff shampoo every other week (those 2 in 1 so it doesn't dry out my hair too much).
On the other days I do the easy breezy  Co-Wash.
After 10 days I noticed my hair really indulged this whole routine!
Again, you are the one who knows your hair's response. Try this method, but listen to your body signs!

Fonte: Black Girl With Long Hair com adaptações.

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