To Wash Or Not To Wash, That Should Not Be A Question

Shampoo and condition your hair at least once a week. The myth while I was growing up was, “the longer you go without washing your hair the longer and healthier it will be.” Today, you hear the phrase, “Co-Wash” circulating quite a bit. Co-Wash is a routine of only using conditioner to “cleanse” your hair…. Well, I will give you a minute to read that sentence again.


If you do not get up every morning wet your skin in the shower, and then apply lotion to it, and think that is healthy for your skin, then why would you think it is health for you to do this very thing to your hair?


Hair does not grow in dirt, since it is not a plant, your hair shouldbe shampooed. Also, conditioner does not cleanse your hair…it conditions it. 


Depending on your hair and your lifestyle, you should wash your hair either once or twice a week. 

  • If you swim in chlorine treated pools, you should apply a thick and creamy moisturizing shampoo prior to getting into the pool.  You should wash your hair with a mineral reducing shampoo or clarifying shampoo. It is imperative that you use a good conditioner after shampooing. 

  • If you exercise excessively, you should wash your hair at least once a if you exercise aggressively 3 times a week or more. The salt in your sweat can make your hair dry and brittle when it dries. Rinsing your hair and applying a light conditioner, and rinsing the conditioner out can help reduce the drying effect of exercise induced sweaty hair and scalp. This can be done twice, after you should use amoisturizing shampoo and conditioner on your hair.

  • If you exercise moderately or do not sweat excessively in your scalp (meaning, you do not have a fountain sweat pouring off of your scalp), it is recommended to use a shampoo and condition that is geared to your hair texture and condition at least once.