So, I decided to take the challenge myself. My first concern was...
- Can I co-wash even though I am still transitioning; not fully natural?
- Will co-washing help my transitioning hair?
As I was doing another research regarding "Sodium Chloride" and its drying effect on hair, I decided to look at the ingredients on my Creme of Nature Detangling and Conditioning Shampoo, which I TOTALLY love! YiKeS!! It does contain the dreaded Sulfate Laureth Sodium. What ???? So, now, I will only be using this product for my monthly clarification.
Anyways, back to co-washing transitioning hair...
Co-washing is great for any hair, however with transitioning hair, it aids in preventing stripping of moisture that shampooing cause to hair.
Now, to try it out!
I started by doing my regular pre-poo with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I left this one all morning' about 5 hours. After washing of the pre-poo treatment from my hair, I applied VO5 Milk Moisture Conditioner to my two-sectioned hair. I massaged my scalp with my fingertips, making sure not to scratch my scalp. After this, I washed off the conditioner, and used a t-shirt to lightly dry my hair.
Here is a picture of what my hair looked like just washed without any products, you can actually see my curl pattern... Love it!!
Also, my all natural hair (this section was from a breakage I experienced earlier in my transitioning journey). I am using this section to test products on my natural hair versus on my new growth mixed in with my relaxed hair. You can see that co-washing took well to that section of hair too. Not tangled, but defining the curls I already had.
The one issue I had with co-washing was my relaxed hair got tangled. I did not like that at all. I ended up going to YouTube and found a video that shows a way that I can co-wash and reduce the tangling of my relaxed hair. Check it out:
So, do I love co-washing... well, the Verdict is still out... I will let you know. I plan to co-wash all this month. I will, however, be doing a clarification with sulfate shampoo at the end of the month.