Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hair Myth of the Day: Washing your hair daily will cause your hair to break.

Howdy chicas!

I grew up thinking that only ladies of certain races could wash their hair daily. I remember seeing daily clarifying shampoos by brands such as Suave and Pantene. I have always washed my hair once every 2 weeks or at the most once a week.

Well as I started my journey for healthy hair (relaxed, texturized and natural) I discovered conditioner washes. I have learned that shampoos (especially those clarifying products) can dry your hair out if used frequently. I read on a hair board about washing your hair daily with conditioner. I was interested and decided to give it a try. It is the BEST thing I have ever done. I said goodbye to dry porous hair and hello to moisturized thicker hair!

Here are a few facts about conditioner washes:

Advantages of conditioner washing

Softer hair
Less Frizz ( usually a result of dry hair)
Less breakage and shedding
More elasticity
Easier to detangle

Some conditioners that are GREAT for conditioner washes:

Suave Tropical Coconut
VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberry Milkshake
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration ** (personal fav)
Tressemme **( What I currently use)

Things to avoid if you adopt this method:

Lots of oil
Not washing frequently

Personally I think ALL transitioners should adopt this method. It makes your hair THAT much easier to detangle and it also keeps the line of demarcation moisturized. You will learn one of the most important factors in healthy hair care is MOISTURE.
Let's add this up...

Moisturized hair = Healthier hair = Stronger Hair = Longer Hair
Does anyone have a problem with longer, stronger HEALTHY hair?!

Although I wash with conditioner only on a daily basis, I still use shampoo. I only shampoo before a henna treatment or when I plan to straighten. I must say my hair feels MUCH different after a shampoo. I love conditioner washes long time... :-)


Mikimu said...

This is a great tip. I must admit, when I first read the posts describing the "curly girl" method, I was grossed out at the thought of not using shampoo to wash hair, but conditioner instead. I even asked my beautician (at that time) about that and she was just as repulsed. Now, I co-wash daily with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, and my hair feels great! I do clarify monthly just to get rid of buildup. This process really must be tried to get the full benefit...made a believer outta me!

LadyWritesTheBlues said...

I kept seeing co-wash co-wash co-wash everywhere and was tearing your blog up a few days ago trying to figure out what it was until I finally got it! (duh!-lol)

I'd noticed how dry my (permed)hair would be after shampooing, so this makes sense. I can't wait to try this out...ummm..and it's time for my 1st skip of a perm and I am getting ENDURANCE!

KinkyCurlyCoolChick said...

You are going to LOVE Co washing. Also don't be scared! Be excited! You need a transitioning buddy!

Anonymous said...

Do you know how well this would work on relaxed hair? I can't stand that it takes 3-4 days for my hair to get properly moisturized after shampooing. Even the most gentle shampoos strip it and leave it tangled.