Death to DIY: Cowashing Hair is a HORRIBLE Idea!

I’m sorry to break it to you, I didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news. I know you’re probably sitting in your chair ready to go off in our comment section, but before you do hear me out. I dedicated my time to this blog to provide credible tips from licensed stylist & hair care specialists from all over to prevent you from making the same mistakes many of my hair loss clients made. I have a license in cosmetology and a slew of certifications in hair loss. Now that I have shown you my receipts, I can continue on and possibly save you damage.

Cowashing is the practice of washing hair using nothing but conditioner. When the concept first appeared on the hair scene, I could not help but to cringe at how many naturalistas were ditching shampoos for conditioners. As a professional let me tell you this.

Conditioners do NOT cleanse the scalp!

The goal of washing your hair, is to clean your scalp remove any build up from your hair. Cowashing does not do this. Many seem to favor it because it gives the hair a slippery feel causing them believe that their hair is not only clean, but moisturized. Not true, your hair is supposed to feel “dry” because that means it’s clean. If it’s not clean you get a little slide. You need to cleanse your hair with shampoo to remove the dirt and debris. Technically you’re supposed to shampoo your hair every two or three days to keep your scalp at it’s optimum condition but a week or two will suffice. Any longer and your hair will start to get oils which are a big problem with DHT and hair loss. The oils mix with DHT on your scalp and that causes a reaction to your hair follicle leading to hair loss.With conditioner, your strand just keeps getting coated with more oil and conditioner causing build up which will lead to breakage.

It’s a regimen that concerns me and I see too many women promoting it to ignore. It could be with this whole DIY thing that is causing them to do it. In my field we don’t encourage this, not just because it’s  our way of making money but because it’s our expertise. We’ve been doing natural hair since the beginning of time. When I was a kid we got shampoo, press, and curls by someone else managing our hair. Once in a while we would get it done at home, but we always went to a salon. I have a few clients who come only once a month, some even every two months. No one is saying you should be in the salon every week, but it’s time to start trusting the experts if you want to see improvement.

 

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