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Co-Washing

     In the natural hair world a very popular term that I am sure you’ve heard frequently is co-washing. Co-washing is the process of cleaning your hair with conditioner. Co-washing is recommended for natural curly, coarse, or thick hair types. Some agree with this process and some don’t, because like anything else, it has it’s pros and cons.  I am not against it at all and think that it is a great process especially during the winter months. During the winter months you will find that the hair has less build up from things such sweat and the natural oils. 
     
     There are many pros to co-washing hair, it leaves the hair soft and manageable and it is an awesome conditioning system. Co-washing is also great for moisture retention and by co-washing there should be less breakage and tangling. Lastly, you don’t have to worry about stripping the hair of moisture which is sometimes an outcome when choosing to shampoo the hair. After going over the
pros it makes you think that if co-washing, sounds this good it couldn’t possibly have any cons, but it does. Not saying that they are horrible, but it is somethings that you should keep in mind when you are trying to debate on co-washing vs. shampooing, because I do it all the time with my daughters, but it is just some knowledge to be aware of.
     
     Nevertheless, some of the cons of co- washing is that is doesn’t  actually clean the hair, therefore the build up from playing, sweating and other products that you have used throughout the week is still in the hair. Another effect from too many co washes without any sort of shampoo; the conditioner  will began to build up and weigh the hair down. My favorite co- wash to use on my daughters hair is the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co -Wash Conditioning Cleanser. So fen though it has it’s pros and cons, try it out and let me know what you think or if you already have, please share.

-Rayna’s Mom

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