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Avalon asked in Beauty & StyleHair · 8 years ago

What is co washing and how does it work?

I'm doing research because I want to grow my relaxed hair to bra strap length. Only thing is I don't know what co washing is or how it works, can someone please explain?

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    Cowashing is when you wash your hair with only conditioner. Shampoos, especially commercial brands, tend to be quite drying and so many women with hair that is not naturally straight tend to completely take them out of their hair care regimen. I washed my hair with only conditioner for years, before I'd ever even heard the term "cowashing," and I honestly think it is the only reason my hair did not completely break off from the poor care I was taking of it. Conditioners tend to have enough ingredients in them to properly cleanse the hair without drying it out or stripping it of its natural oils. I love cowashing, but for the past year, I have been using shampoo again for the first time in about five years. Cowashing is great, but I suggest that you don't completely stop using shampoo. It is my own personal suggestion that you use a clarifying shampoo at least every couple of months to cleanse your hair of the buildup that cowashing can lead to. Conditioners are for moisturizing your hair and some of those ingredients that moisturize/keep hair moisturized can build up on your hair and scalp. This build up of moisturizing ingredients can, strange as it sounds, actually lead to dryness. It can also lead to breakage and some scalp conditions. Ingredients in your hair products will play a big part in how healthy/unhealthy your hair looks. Here are some ingredients you should try to avoid: http://thankgodimnatural.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/...

    Cowashing can be great for helping you retain length, but there are also many other things to consider. You should trim any split ends as the can only worsen and lead to breakage. You should eat a healthier diet. More water, fish, nuts, eggs, and produce will help keep your hair "healthy." You can also take supplements like biotin, "hair, skin, and nail vitamins," fish oil, and multivitamins containing biotin and/or folic acid. if you use grease, try switching to a natural oil instead. A few of the more popular ones, and my personal favorites, are: extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil, and sweet almond oil. You should also try weekly deep conditioning treatments. Stretching your relaxers will also be a big hellp when it comes to retaining length. Now that I've been wearing my hair in its natural state, I have learned more about taking care of it. I can honestly say that when I wore my hair relaxed, I had almost zero knowledge, or care, of how to care for it. However, I can direct you to a few youtube vloggers that have long relaxed hair.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu5crPNsohY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZUJ2fveteA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6TzirnsoXc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO4_LLwqQjI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FwSGy6AXkA

    You can also check out these sites:

    blackhair101.com

    longhaircareforum.com... mostly natural women, but there are definitely a lot of relaxed women there as well. Good luck!

  • 8 years ago

    Co-washing is using conditioner instead of shampoo to wash you hair. It is better to do that because shampoo is meant to clean you hair, literally, meaning it will strip you hair and take all the natural oils off, therefore it's clean. But, conditioner will leave moisture in you hair while washing away all the different products and different oils that you hair doesn't need. I am doing that right now and my hair is thanking me for it. I still use shampoo but only on my root, the dirtiest part of you hair.

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    8 years ago

    It just means using Conditioner to wash your hair instead of Shampoo. It is often used by African American women to put more mostuire in their hair.

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