The Guide To Co-Washing Natural Hair

Co-washing is becoming extremely popular with naturals. But why? What if I told you the best shampoo for natural black hair was NO shampoo at all? Would you believe me?

Well, you don't have to believe me, you can take the advice of thousands of women that have the habit of co-washing natural hair on a regular basis. But before we talk about the benefits of this technique, let's explain what it is. I'm pretty sure someone is reading this right now thinking "What is a co wash???"...

What is co-washing?

To co-wash natural hair simply means to wash your hair with conditioner instead of with shampoo. In other words, it's "conditioner washing". Many naturals have taken to this method of cleansing their hair without shampoo, but why?

The answer is simple, when you avoid using shampoo you are avoiding all of the harsh detergents, polymers, binders and fillers — in other words, all the harmful things that strip your natural hair and scalp of all of its healthy properties and nutrients. When you co-wash natural hair you're cleansing with natural essential oils, botanicals and extracts.

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This leaves your hair in its healthiest state and giving your hair the best chance of staying hydrated and healthy after your wash.

Most co-washing conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers in them. Thousands of naturals can tell you that using conditioner to wash your hair works perfectly fine. Your hair is left clean, nourished and hydrated.

A curly girl has to take all measures to ensure that curls stay hydrated. A “no-poo” hair regimen that consists of regular co-washing can create beautifully nourished waves and curls.

Co-washing natural hair has become so popular that many natural hair care product companies are making co-washing cleansing conditioners along with gentle sulfate-free shampoos. Some women are OK with the gentle sulfate-free types and view them as the best shampoo for naturals, others avoid any type of shampoo regardless of claims that they are gentle on hair. It's an individual decision.

20 Top Co-Wash & Cleansing Conditioners

In an effort to embrace or capitalize on the co-washing trend, many hair care companies are now offering co-wash and cleansing conditioners.

Co-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method. It is a component of the “no poo movement,” these products can be used as an all-in-one product that cleans, hydrates, and conditions the hair in one step. They gently cleanse with no suds or sulfates, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis.

  1. WEN Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean
  2. DevaCare No Poo 
  3. Nothing But Co-washing Conditioner
  4. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  5. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Co-Wash Conditioner
  6. L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
  7. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
  8. As I Am Cleansing Pudding
  9. Mizani Co-Wash Conditioning Cream
  10. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash
  11. Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing CoWash
  12. Sheamoisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser
  13. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
  14. Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner
  15. L`Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner
  16. Darcy's Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Cream
  17. Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair
  18. Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner
  19. Curly Q's Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream
  20. Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

If you want to learn more about how to co-wash natural hair check out this infographic below that was made by Krystal from www.youngblacknappy.com, she gives you some nice co washing tips.

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Is Co-Washing Right For You?

So are you wondering if co-washing is best for your hair? Everyones hair is different to some extent but in general, if your hair is kinky, very curly or tends to dry out quickly, there's a good chance co-washing may help your hair. Conditioners help cleanse your hair because they many have traces of a detergent type called cationic surfactants, or “quats” for short. (Some common types that you may see on the ingredient list of your conditioners are behentrimonium and chloridecetrimonium.)

When mixed with water, the trace detergents wash away dirt, leaving your unshampooed hair feeling clean but not totally stripped of its natural oils. And of course, your hair gets conditioned from the conditioners that you are washing with. Washing without harsh shampoo helps your hair keep more of its natural oils and the conditioner's moisturizing agents help leave hair strands silkier and softer than shampooed hair.

Assuming that they have healthy scalps, women with color-processed hair may also benefit from co-washing their hair because it will help them go longer before needing another salon treatment. Co-washing hair doesn’t strip your strands of pigment the way that traditional shampoo cleansing can. So it may save you money and a few trips to the salon when you co wash hair. But there are people who don't have a need to co-wash hair.

If you don't have any problem with your hair getting too dry or brittle after washing, you may not have any need for co-washing. It never hurts to try it out for a set period of time and see how your hair responds.

Who Should NOT Co-Wash Hair?

There are also women who should not co-wash hair at all. This would usually be people with really straight or limp hair, hair that could easily get weighed down with oils. Also, women with naturally oily scalps or dermatitis should avoid co-washing as well. Co-washing by itself will not help either condition and could even make things worse, women with these conditions should stick to their regular shampoo and conditioner routine.

My Natural Hair Journey - Johanna Denny

Hey Black Hair OMG family! This is the first of a series of natural hair journey stories that we'll be doing to feature members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group and I'm really excited about it.

The group has been amazing and extremely positive. It's been amazing to see all of the beautiful naturals and aspiring naturals sharing tips and encouragement and I've been looking for a way to show my appreciation for them.

We've had natural hair journey stories before and without a doubt they were great, but this means more to me because this series is for the BlackHairOMG family exclusively. So they'll be sending their stories and natural hair journey pictures in and I'll be sharing it with the world as a way of saying thanks.

So let's get to it. Our 1st ever family member natural hair journey....

My Natural Hair Journey: Johanna Denny

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I always went back and forth with my natural hair journeys as my mom started creaming (perming) my hair from back when I was very young. A few years back though, I had put in some braids and I had those braids in for a mighty long time. It was my friend's birthday weekend and we decided to go out of town for clubbing. I wanted to get a fresh new look so I tried what my friend would do. She would take her weave out and cream her hair in that same day and moment. I guess that method wasn't my kettle of tea as the cream irritated my scalp and burned me so badly that my heartbeat raced so hard I felt as though my chest was gonna pop. That night my friends laughed at me so hard, because of how I ran around Sydonie's Kingston apartment creaming to the top of my lungs for burning pain.

A few hours into the morning after clubbing was through I looked into the mirror and saw a badly burnt scalp. I was so ashamed to let the guys on the outside of the club see the condition my scalp was in. Later that day I washed my hair to get the scabs out and decided that I would never hurt myself in this manner again. I decided that black hair in its natural state is beautiful and placing harsh chemicals in my scalp wasn't true love for self. So I stopped.

Tried Locking and Then Big Chopping

I have tried locking my hair since then, because I wanted to escape the reality of having to comb black hair in its natural state each day and realized that wasn't for me either. There are so many videos on YouTube that gives so many tips, tricks and styles in coping with black hair and I am determined to stay away from harsh chemicals.

When I cut my locks off everyone loved the new look. They were not at all negative, although a few preferred me with long hair, but it is just hair and it grows back. Many people are really getting a hang of kinky hair and when I wear mine many people call me an African Queen or Princess.

I believe if we accept our hair as black people in its natural state, it would change the way people of other ethnic backgrounds and even we ourselves see skin colour. If black hair is bad, then our skin colour is bad, but if black hair is good then our skin colour is good also. Understanding this can clamp down on many aspects of racism drastically.

I love my black hair!

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A huge thanks to Johanna for sharing your story about transitioning to natural hair and sharing your natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" story, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.

Super-Mom Creates Black Dolls With Natural Hair

When Angelica Sweeting heard her young daughter wishing for blonde hair and white skin similar to her doll's, she decided to create "The Angelica Doll" for little girls with curly hair, wider noses, and fuller lips.

The doll comes with hair that you can twist and knot just like real-life natural hair.

Sweeting's Naturally Perfect Dolls Kickstarter campaign has already raised $23,000 of the $25,000 needed to launch production of the doll, which promotes positive beauty ideals and self-acceptance for young girls.

Sweeting and her daughters tested The Angelica Doll's hair for eight months with common natural hair practices, such as twisting, bantu knotting, and curling, to make sure little girls could style and wash their doll's hair exactly how they would do their own.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

♦ First off, I want to to stress the importance of supporting Angelica's business. If you have the means to do so you can help her get these dolls made for thousands of little girls by contributing to her kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angelica/the-angelica-doll-a-natural-hair-doll-for-young-gi and hey, I know it's hard out here on these skreets (yeah, I said SKREETS), so if you don't have money to help her get these dolls made then just share this article. Someone else who reads this might contribute and it will be because you let them know about it through sharing this story.

♦ I always love products like these and BlackHairOMG is known for promoting these kinds of businesses and products because they make a difference, I just recently wrote about the coloring book for natural hair kids. When children grow up rarely seeing a positive reflection of themselves in the things that they are entertained by it has a negative psychological effect.

Angelica's daughter thought that the standard of being beautiful was the dolls that she played with and nothing else. Little girls adore their dolls and so she began to adore what she was not and undervalue what and who she is. It's not a conscientious choice she made, it is the mental conditioning that comes from being exposed only to what is the opposite of yourself and being told that it's the most precious thing without seeing any alternatives. Natural hair dolls gives the girls a chance to see beautiful representations of themselves.

♦ This serves as a lesson to myself and you as well as far as business goes too. When you see something missing, something that is needed... MAKE IT. It's much more effective than wishing and hoping for something and it's a great opportunity to build a business, make money while giving people something they need and want. More people need to have the entrepreneurial spirit like Angelica. I'm supporting her, I hope you will too.

P.S. Join our Facebook Natural Hair Group & kick it with the OMG Army!

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Join Our Natural Hair Forum On Facebook!

Thanks to the OMG Army the natural hair forum on Facebook is over 1500+ strong. The natural hair group is a great place to get and give natural hair tips, advice and support.

Come join and share natural hair care articles on our natural hair forum and discuss natural hair related news that you've found across the web with other Natural Hair Lovers in this group. Both women and men are welcome, as long as you love the natural hair movement.

It's a place for positivity and encouragement.

Join our community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/natural.hair.blackhairomg

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Curly Kids Coloring Book - Natural Hair Styles For Kids

Curl Centric has created a new natural hair styles for kids coloring book to give children a positive portrayal of curly-haired people, so they don’t feel isolated by one of their defining features.

Unfortunately, kinky curly hair is often considered a nuisance for those who have it, but its true potential is far more varied than straight hair can be. Unfortunately for curly-haired children, their minority status can see them subject to bullying and derision. As such, it is important that this is counterbalanced with positive messages.

Because the media can't be counted on to portray curly hair in a positive light, people have been left looking for alternatives, and Curl Centric has provided one. They have just published a new Natural Hair Coloring Book for children with curly hair.

The Curly Kids Coloring Book is a new product, and was created because Curl Centric understands the importance of representation. It is important for little girls with textured hair to see images that look like them. The coloring book features more than thirty different images, including action shots, mermaids, princesses and ballerinas with natural hair.

The girls in the coloring books have also arranged their hair in a variety of styles that range from cornrow braids, puffs, two strand twists, bantu knots, wash and gos, locs and many more, to show girls with curly hair the amazing potential their hair has to be defined and redefined.

A spokesperson for Curl Centric explained, “Those with naturally curly hair in the media tend to straighten it, leaving little girls without role models. The coloring book is designed to fill that void and offset the lack of representation. This is just the beginning however, and showing girls it’s possibly to have a curly-haired princess or action hero will open them up to a world of possibilities for their own hair, many of which can be found on our website. The book is available now at Amazon for $5.99.


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I wholeheartedly agree with what Curl Centric is doing, they realize that little girls need to see themselves and associate representations of themselves as something pleasant and positive. Natural hair styles for kids is something to be proud of and they need to know that as they grow up. I look forward to seeing more and more products like this in the future, they are long overdue.
  • If you think that products like this are important, you need to show your support and let others know about it too. Many positive products die on the shelf because they don't get the same level of attention as less-valuable products that get promoted.
  • The Curly Kids Coloring Book contains more than 30 coloring pages for little girls. The coloring book features a wide variety of natural hair styles for kids, the little girls are wearing natural hair buns, puffs, braids, afros (or low styles), updos, twist-outs, and bantu-knots. Get the colored pencils, crayons, water colors and makers ready. The coloring book is recommended for children age 1 year and older.

(Buy The Coloring Book Here...)

Natural Hair School: African Hair Braiding & More

Had no idea that you could earn a natural hair care license? Don't feel bad. Many don't realize how big the natural hair movement is, you will soon be able to find a natural hair school online that'll push your career to the next level.

You might be surprised with all of the current drama about U.S. officials trying to shut down braiding schools but the black cosmetology school and natural hair trend is taking off.

In the video you'll learn a bit about the Rare Essence Academy, it's a natural hair training platform with the primary focus of teaching members key business principles, natural hair styling fundamentals, and advanced styling techniques.

They offer various forms of education, such as video lectures and step-by-step tutorials targeting specific natural hair needs. No matter your level of experience or ability, if you have a passion and motivation to learn more about natural hair styling then you probably benefit from their courses at Rare Essence Academy. Learn how to be a in-demand natural hair artist and entrepreneur in the natural hair industry.

Rare Essence Academy understands that technology is a driving force in any field in today’s advanced world, that’s why they have committed to providing a wealth of knowledge to every natural hair artist student. Rare Essence Academy has made its curriculum accessible from any mobile device so that their students are never disrupted when trying to access course material. They are here to be a principal online resource with flexible scheduled courses for even the busiest natural hair artist.

What a Great Natural Hair School Does

Rare Essence Academy is an online Natural Hair Training Platform with a focus on business accommodating entrepreneurs who want to excel in the natural hair industry. Their natural hair academy is designed to cultivate natural hair artists into businesswomen and self-driven innovators. My only gripe is that they don't have any cosmetology schools in Detroit Michigan. My hometown would be the perfect place for a natural hair school. But hopefully REA gets some natural hair and cosmetology schools in Detroit Michigan soon.

Natural Hair Movement: The Controversial Anthem

This natural hair movement video carries a powerful message for women who have gone natural or those who are going natural. But Essence Farmer's video is also a bit controversial for some.

Although for the majority of women who viewed the video it's seen as highly-inspirational and it really communicated to them the fact that their natural hair, as well as themselves in totality, are naturally beautiful and MORE than acceptable. Some women had issues with the strong words in the natural hair movement speech.
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Some women who are not interested in going natural have said that they were a bit turned off by the video. One woman said that she feels the naturalista in the video is preaching bias against women who choose not to go natural and in her opinion, that's equal to what "euro-centric society" is doing to black women as a whole. Making them feel not worthy of being seen as beautiful.

Well, I personally liked the message of the video and thought Essence did a great job with her anthem/poem. But I'll admit she does kind of "go in" on women who like to perm their hair and chemically straighten it. Check out the video...

I'll also say that not everybody thinks of women who don't go natural as weak or naive. Some women like what they like and that's it. Tell me what you think, does Essence's natural hair movement poem go to far? Or is she dead on?Let me know what you think below in the comment section.

20 Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair [Video]

Do you want a variety of hairstyles for natural curly hair? Today's featured BlackHairOMG pro is Bianca Renee. She goes through and demonstrates 21 quick and easy hairstyles for naturally curly hair.

These black hairstyles only take a few minutes to do and give you a lot of freedom to get creative and change them around some yourself. The only items she used in the video was 3 scrunchies, 500,000 bobby pins (just joking), an EZ beaded comb and an old sock with a hole in the end.Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly... An old sock with a hole in it. But hey, whatever works, right? Watch Bianca do her thing and teach you a bunch of great curly girl hairstyles below in the video.

This was a great video because so many women have really curly hair and have no clue about what to do with it.

If you want more hairstyles for natural curly hair for school, work or play, you should subscribe to BiancaReneeToday and tell her that BlackHairOMG sent you! She has great tutorials about eliminating curly hair frizz, making faux bangs and many curly-haired women love her vids because she actually has curly hair instead of wavy. So if that's what you're looking for, you just found it.

Natural Hair Restoration - How Ms.Jass Beat Alopecia [Video]

Are you looking to restore your natural hair? Natural hair restoration is big business these days, mainly because so many women are dealing with hair loss that was brought on by harsh chemicals that don't belong anywhere near your sensitive scalp or a genetic illness.

Tons of women are dealing with alopecia, this is far more serious than simply having a "bad hair day", this problem can give you a "bad hair life".natural hair restoration

The problem has gotten so bad for some women that they've had to turn to doctors. Hair transplants are on the rise among women who have permed the life out of their scalp.

Well, if you are losing your hair or have lost it you'll be happy to know that you may not need to go as far as hair transplants in your attempts of natural hair restoration. I found an excellent of women who restored her natural hair with a few natural hair products, attention to detail and consistency.

So let's check these ladies out and see exactly what they did in their hair loss restoration efforts.

Natural Hair Restoration With Jass

Jass naturally cured her Alopecia Areata (AA). She suffered with this problem for years and years. Her doctor even told her that she'd ALWAYS have the condition. My hair may either grow back or fall out again. Well... She proved her doctor wrong and hopefully many other women will follow in her footsteps on the journey back to a full head of hair.

Jass breaks down for you the exact ingredients she used and how to make the concoction. I also placed a list of links to the hair restoration products she mentioned below the video.

1 Year Natural Natural | Alopecia Hair Growth Success

 

 

Ingredients:
20 oz- 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
Black Jamaican Castor Oil (BJCO)
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

Use on natural hair at night and rinse it out in the morning.

 

How Did I Get Fast Hair Growth?

 

So when it comes to hair restoration, women(and some men too) need to work hard like Jass, use the best hair restoration right products, and be consistent in your actions and your belief that it will work. Remember, Jass' doctor told her she may never be cured from alopecia and that even the best hair loss restoration tactics may not work. So what did she do?

SHE went to work on fixing the problem and regrowing her hair. Jass is proof of that natural hair restoration can be done if you're willing to do what it takes.



Natural Hair Helps Cure The Soul....

When we decide to go natural, we are consciously deciding to embrace our natural hair and subconsciously deciding to accept our true selves.

Meaning, we are making the choice to be independent of all external sources of "beauty" by showing the world who we really are and relieving ourselves of permed strands for kinky tresses. We are deciding to let go of the fear of not being accepted and deciding to embrace our true-selves. These are some of the key components of self-love.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I loved the point about how naturals are changing what they look on the outside while transforming what they are inside. It's so true. I've often said to friends that most natural women have a different swag and confidence. That confidence makes them sexier and more fun to be around. True some people will always have an ugly spirit no matter what, but for the most part, naturals are transforming as people in a positive way.
  • It takes true confidence to KNOW you are beautiful and believe that, I want my daughter to feel that type of confidence. Just know that, you are not alone. The world is starting to recognize your beauty, something that's been covered up for too long.
  • Just realize that going natural is more than what is happening on top of your head, it has a lot to do with what's happening inside of your head. Keep going, and know that you have support.It's a beautiful thing.

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