What is co-washing & is it healthy for Natural hair?

Have you heard the term ‘co-wash/co-washing’ before? No? Well take a notebook and pen, co-washing class is in session.

Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing? Welcome to my blog and keep it here for hair care tips.

What’s Co-Washing?

Co-washing simply means washing your hair with conditioner only, you replace the shampoo with a conditioner. Co-washing is referred to as the no-poo method(no shampoo). Which conditioner you ask? Rinse-off conditioner but there are co-wash products in the market today.  

Before we dive into co-washing details, keep in mind that the conditioner’s job is to restore moisture not to cleanse. So, conditioners will lightly cleanse and shouldn’t be used as the sole means of cleansing.

Co-washing without deep cleansing will clog the hair follicles and cause product build-up.

Pros of Co-washing

⦁ Adds moisture to your hair

⦁ Defines curl pattern & make it easy to style

⦁ Gives shine & makes detangling a breeze

Cons of Co-washing

⦁ Lots of product build up

⦁ Over moisturization of hair

⦁ Might experience itchy scalp if you have a sensitive scalp

co-washing
Two strand twists
Two strand twists

Who shouldn’t co-wash?

⦁ Anyone with scalp conditions or experience build up.

⦁ Uses products with heavy oils & silicones daily

⦁ Exposed to dirt and dust daily- you can co-wash midweek then shampoo cleanse at the end of the week or protect your hair from dirt & dust

⦁ Dry and damaged hair can benefit from co-washing but you’ll still need some shampoo cleansing in between.

Co-wash products to use

A basic or your usual conditioner can do the job but since there are co-wash products you can try them out. When purchasing co-wash products, check the ingredients list for humectants(honey,glycerin), Emollients & moisturizers. 

As Iam coconut cowash cleansing conditioner

Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Recipes Purify Me Frizz-Fighting Moisturizing Co-Wash Hair Cleanser for Chronically Dry Hair and Protective Styling

Eden bodyworks coconut shea cleansing co-wash

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Complete Conditioning Co-Wash

Alikay Naturals co-wash me cleansing conditioner

10 Best Co-washes & Cleansing conditioners for Natural Hair

How to Co-wash

⦁ Saturate your hair with water

⦁ Squeeze a healthy amount of conditioner like a lot, remember cleansing isn’t conditioner’s job

⦁ Massage into the scalp to break down dirt and products, coat your strands too

⦁ Rinse off and apply your moisturizer of choice or rather moisturize your hair

⦁ Use a clarifying shampoo in between co-washes to get rid of all the build up

Conclusion.

Don’t solely depend on co-washes to cleanse your hair, use a shampoo when you notice build-up, super oily strands and dull hair. I did try co-washing my mini twists once, catch up here.

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Why deep conditioning your Type 4 Natural Hair is Essential for growth of healthy hair.

Whether your hair feels healthy, don’t skip the deep conditioning step. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back.  What’s deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is an essential wash day step that involves applying a moisturizing and/or protein treatment  to restore moisture, improve elasticity, repair and strengthen hair, reduce breakage and split ends. Experiencing dry, damaged hair and a lot of breakage and shedding? Well, about time you invested in a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner, both are essential for growth of healthy hair. Deep conditioners are also referred to as; hair mask, reconstructors, deep treatments, penetrating treatment, deep masque etc. Deep Conditioner Types. There are 2 deep conditioner types ;  Moisturizing deep conditioner (restores/ retains moisture and improves elasticity)  Protein deep conditioner (repairs damage, strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and damage) Balanced deep conditioner (works as a moisturizing and protein treatment 2-in1 deep conditioner) Each of the deep conditioners has specific ingredients that you should look out for when purchasing. For moisturizing deep conditioners, look out for products with humectants & emollients & protein deep conditioners must have amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins etc. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Type 4 Dry Natural hair. Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair. Why deep condition? Restore moisture after cleansing. Improves hair elasticity Adds or restores natural shine. Repairs and prevents damage. Strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and split ends. How to deep condition. Start off with freshly washed hair. Detangle, use your favorite shampoo to cleanse & thoroughly rinse off the shampoo. Dry your hair until it’s damp  Section your hair & apply the conditioner from the ends to the roots of your strands on each section. Ensure every strand is coated with the hair mask, detangle with your fingers then use a wide tooth comb to properly get rid of the tangles. Twist each section after  applying the deep conditioner. Wear a shower cap, thermal cap to infuse the conditioner nutrients in your strands. You can also warm up the deep conditioner before application, make sure the conditioner isn’t too hot, just warm. Leave the conditioner  for 30 minutes to an hour, you can leave it overnight (the downside of this is you might over moisturize your hair) Rinse off with cool water & if after rinsing your hair feels moisturized, softer & manageable, the deep conditioner has done its job. Deep conditioning Tips. Always aim at maintaining the moisture-protein balance for growth of healthy hair. Heat is important for deep conditioning, it opens up the cuticle for the nutrients to penetrate. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you deep cleanse your hair. How often you use protein treatments depends on the state of your hair, how often you use heat and manipulate. Don’t overdo it, letting your deep conditioner sit on your hair overnight consistently might lead to over conditioning or hygral fatigue. How often do you deep conditioner and what tips have worked for you?

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Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair.

When was the last time you deep conditioned with a protein based conditioner/ protein treatment? We rarely talk about protein deficiency or even complain about it. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back. Protein based deep conditioners are as important as the moisturizing deep conditioner because maintaining the moisture- protein balance is essential for growth of healthy hair, minimize breakage, repair damage and strengthen the hair. Our hair is made up of keratin, a protein which due to daily manipulation, use of heat, chemicals, colors and environmental stressors get worn out. Protein treatments come in handy to fill the gaps left by the worn out keratin. Keratin keeps your hair strong thus minimizing breakage and hair shedding.  How often you use protein treatment depends on the amount of damage , manipulation, if you’ve recently colored your hair, amount of breakage you’re experiencing and how your hair feels. How to tell your hair needs protein; Hair is highly porous- absorb & release moisture faster than normal. Hair looks limp, lacks the bouncy look & looks dull. Hair lacks its elasticity. Hair feels gummy or sticky Increased breakage & shedding. Which ingredients should you look for in a protein based deep conditioner? Hydrolyzed proteins are the main ingredients to look for when purchasing a protein based deep conditioner. Why hydrolyzed proteins? Because hydrolyzed proteins have been broken into smaller particles that can be easily absorbed & they include Hydrolyzed soy protein Hydrolyzed wheat Keratin Hydrolyzed silk Hydrolyzed oat flour Collagen Lipids Amino acids Protein treatments for type 4 hair Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “APHOGEE Two step protein treatment is a serious treatment for seriously damaged hair. It rebuilds broken damaged hair. Rebuilds hair structure within six weeks. Ideal for Permed, tinted or relaxed hair. Stops hair breakage” Product Review, “The best protein treatment for curly hair” Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner Product Promise, “Perfect as a deep-conditioning treatment, this conditioner infuses moisture, shine, and strength into the hair follicle. Natural proteins strengthen hair to decrease frizz, improve volume, and increase hair growth.” Product Review, “I would definitely recommend this product to my friends. It is a wonderful protein treatment for your hair.” ApHogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “Prevents breakage and split ends. Antioxidant green tea protects hair. Adds body for easier styling.” Product Review, “It works great as a light protein treatment for my natural hair. It doubles nicely for a deep conditioner. Great purchase.” Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein-Strong Treatment Product Promise, “This masque treatment powered by reparative proteins and butters, in a nutrient-rich strengthening cream to naturally reinforce and revitalize over-processed, abused hair fibers, while reducing breakage up to 76%” Product Review, “Perfect protein treatment for my fine damaged curly hair.” How do you maintain the moisture – protein balance & which protein treatment works for your hair?

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