Wow…I cannot believe this is even a topic of discussion but apparently there are still some of us out there claiming that washing or cowashing our hair often is bad or unnecessary for our hair. I truly thought that myth was no longer being spread but according to a post in a Natural Hair group in FB there are scores of women arguing with regular cowashers about it.
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There were women touting we are not white and we don’t need to wash our hair everyday. Many tried to explain to them that they don’t wash it everyday but rather cowash and they STILL argued that it wasn’t necessary and actually drying the hair out! Yes, I am for real. No, I cannot make this up and yes it is very sad.
The whole water is bad for our hair has been debunked and yet we still see some ignorant statements being made in regards to it. The simple fact is that water is the best moisturizer and our hair actually craves it. We need the oil to seal the water into our hair so oiling alone will not completely moisturize the hair. Water can enter into the hair shaft and oil cannot.
“Myth: Water is Your Enemy
Your natural hair needs water! Your relaxed hair may despise water (mine did), but your natural hair absolutely needs it. Most of the people I’ve talked to or met who describe their hair as being dry are not giving their hair enough moisture. Water is the only true and consistent moisturizer, and if your hair doesn’t have it, then it’s not getting enough moisture! As naturals, we have to separate our thinking from relaxed to natural. Water is your best friend!” Naturallycurly.com
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I used to cowash about 3 or 4 times a week (unless I’m wearing twists then its less) and I cleanse my hair with cleansing conditioner about once a week. My hair loves the water and it is not dry. I am not white. I am a Natural. I used to cowash my hair several times a week just as many Naturals do and I make sure to seal my ends to keep the moisture in. No one is saying you have to do it but saying it is bad for our hair or saying our hair doesn’t need or want it is wrong. Why is this even a discussion anymore?
Let’s get past the false statements and fears and embrace water to keep us healthy, moisturized and on track. Unless you have hard water you really have no problems with rinses and cowashes as often as you like. If you do have hard water then try getting a water filter for your shower. Other than that….enjoy washing, cowashing, rinsing and playing in the water!
We are past this Naturals,
Note from Sabrina:
I no longer cowash as often only because I find I can get 2nd, 3rd or even 4th day hair with my recent routine.