I’m just begin to try the effect of being a ‘no-poo’ kinda gal. Not sure how I feel about it yet. Being ‘no-poo’ means having a hair regimen consisting of co-washing only. Ok, seriously there are so many hair terms here that I’m just getting on board with.
Co-washing is short for “conditioner washing,” or cleansing your hair with your favorite conditioner instead of shampoo. I believe the actual term was coined by Curly Girl Methodcreator and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, Lorraine Massey.
Textured hair has a natural tendency to be drier than straighter hair types. The natural oils created by the scalp have a harder time navigating the twists and turns of curly hair. Massey suggests that all conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers and that conditioners can and should be used more than shampoo to clean curly hair. Co-washing is a part of the no-poo movement.
A curly girl has to take measures to ensure that curls stay hydrated. A “no-poo” hair regimen that consists of regular co-washing can create beautifully nourished coils. Some even believe gentle cleansers can prevent split ends and other types of hair damage.
My hair used to be mega curly and years of torching it with the blow dryer and flat iron have taken much of those kinks away. Also, a lot of my natural oils and moisture have been zapped through the years. Add swimming several times a week at the YMCA and my hair is crying for some relief. So, I’m giving the co-washing thing a go. I tried it last week and my hair was nice the next day, my scalp did feel a little icky by that evening so I gave in and did a ‘poo’ wash that day. I think I”m gonna try to alternate co-washing every other day and maybe a poo wash only twice a week.
What do you think? Not only are these terms hilarious, but have you found any merit to these wash styles? Are you a co-washer? Have you tried to go a few days or weeks even in the no-poo movement? I can’t wait to hear some fun tips and what you have tried out there!