Benefits of Shampooing & Co-Washing Natural Hair Regularly

Since starting my Grow Out Challenge, I have increase the times I wet or hydrate my hair with water. Here are some facts about water and washing natural hair.

  • Your body is primarily made of water water this includes your hair.
  • Water is the best moisturizer for hair and skin.
  • Your hair products should be water based to really moisturize.

Currently, I shampoo, rinse, steam and mist my hair and scalp regularly.  This is the beginning step of moisturizing your hair in layers.  We’ll talk about that in building a moisturizing regimen. In doing this I use coconut oil or shea butter to seal the moisture into my hair and scalp.  Applying from root to ends.

  • Shampoo once a week with a sulfate-free shampoo
  • Rinse hair every two to three days & seal in the moisture with shea butter or coconut oil.  In the winter time, dry hair under a hooded dryer for about 20 mins. Also cover hair with satin scarf in extremely cold climates.
  • Mist hair and scalp with water and vegetable glycerin mixture in spray bottle.  You can purchase vegetable glycerin here.

Read more natural hair do’s and don’ts here.

How often do you wash (shampooing or cowashing) your hair?  Also, does that amount change from summer to winter? Comment below.


19 thoughts on “Benefits of Shampooing & Co-Washing Natural Hair Regularly

  1. Silky Coils

    I am doing the challenge with you…I’m calling it a natural hair overhaul. Lol. I got away from daily misting of my coils….I didn’t think to rinse every two days though…may try that.

  2. meeksj1

    I see where u say rinse every 2 to 3 days how would u apply this method if u wear ur hair in twists? Sometimes I would like to co-wash with my 2-strand twists.. but one experience my hair was very frizzy & was so tangled when I went to take them out.. Ur suggestions would be helpful.. Thanks

    1. naturalhairrules Post author

      I found this to be true if you allow the twist to air dry. When I have twist I co-wash or rinse every 2-3 days. While hair is wet I smooth a moisturizer and styling product such as aloe vera or flax seed gel and sit under a hooded dryer for 20-30 mins. This helps prevent frizz and your hair doesn’t tangle around itself. Or you can simply just mist your hair with a water bottle.

  3. Chichota

    I workout 6 day a week and hour each day I sweat to the point that my hair feels like I’ve shampooed my hair… When I had a relaxer my stylist at the time told me to cold wash my hair every other day because my hair will get brittle from the sweat. Should I co wash my hair every other day?

    Should I apply water daily to maintain my twist out?

    1. Naturalhairrules Post author

      Hello Chichota,

      Co-washing your hair every day couldn’t hurt if you seal the moisture with a light moisturizer or oil. I say try it and see how your hair response.

      With a twist out water can make your poofy. If you don’t mind the bulk your hair will love you for it.

  4. Joyce

    I exercise 6 days a week. I used to shampoo, but switched to co-washing because I live in a high, dry, and cold climate of Denver. Since doing so, my hair behaves beautifully!! It softens and really defines my coils which i love.

  5. Juanita

    My hair is short, can I still follow the methods you mentioned above?I am still learning how to care for my natural hair. (1 month into my transition)

  6. Kay Moore

    You are lucky if you can co-wash! My hair is too thick and too curly, so that doesn’t work for me. When I co-wash, I still have residue from gel and leave-in’s so I have to shampoo it. If I co-wash, my hair will still be gummy. On that note, I wash my hair with shampoo every two weeks and mist everyday. I think the best thing for anyone is to stay away from heat! I have heat damage because I fell to peer pressure. Heat damage is not joke!!!

  7. Kasandra Franklin

    My 9 year old daughter has really thick natural hair. If I wash, conditioner, and grease her hair on Sunday, for school on Monday by Tuesday evening her hair is dry the scalp is white and flaky. She also has patches of dried scales continuous through out her head and needs to be rewashed during the week, but I always hold off on that and just oil her hair again. What can I do to keep her hair from flaking so bad through the week? Please help me. my name is Kasandra my email is
    P.S. I currently use the Suave almond + shea butter shampoo with the Suave Moroccan Infusion Conditioner with Organics gro strong triple action grease. What do I need to change?

  8. edwina

    Has anyone use the Wen hair products, is it good for natural hair? I have been wondering, I used it once when I had Locs but not since I’ve cut of my hair.

  9. mishelle

    I braid my daughters hair in cornrows once a week. I have noticed her scalp gets dry and her hair looks dry. How can I moisturize her hair with cornrows in?

    1. Diane

      In a spray bottle mix liquid leave in conditioner, oil of your choice, 100% natural aloe Vera gel with bottled water.


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