On Hair

I’m in the third week of no heat on my hair.  The first week I rocked ponytails every day.  Last week I was bold enough to come to work with my twist outs every day.  Each day I tried something different.  It looked okay most days, and one day it looked really good.

I have some questions for you all that I am too lazy to google, so answer them please and thank you.

#1- I need a haircut.  Am I supposed to wash, dry and flat iron my hair and then go get a haircut as usual, or do I have them cut it wet?

#2- What is cowashing and should I be doing it?

Okay, that’s only two questions.  See, that was easy!

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22 Responses to On Hair

  1. Jurista says:

    1. I prefer getting my hair cut dry. That’s usually the only time it is flat-ironed. But I think that’s your preference. You will get a different look/style depending on whether you cut it wet or dry.

    2. Co-washing is “washing” your hair w/conditioner. Shampoo has soap in it and is drying and works by stripping your hair of not only the dirt but also of the moisture. Washing with conditioner will clean your hair while not stripping it of the moisture. Another thing that depends on your hair. I tried it, found it was just as effective as using shampoo and now I only shampoo once a month.

    If you decide to cowash, you’ll have to decide what type of conditioner you want to use. Some people use cheaper conditioners since you will go through a lot of it using it as your ‘shampoo’ and others stick to their tried & true. I use Garnier Fructris Triple Nutrition Conditioner because it doesn’t contain any silicones. I avoid silicones b/c it hinders products from absorbing into my hair.

    Conditioners I’ve heard good things about are Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner.

    • This is helpful because I am thinking of trying cowashing even though I am staying creamy cracked out. Seems that when I wash with shampoo my hair is clean but it doesn’t have any shine when I flat iron. Looks dull. Wondering if that would help.

      • AR Gal says:

        I’ve started co-washing to help stretch the time between my relaxers. It really works wonders BUT I’ve read not to do it within the first two weeks of relaxer. I forget the reason why so now I’m in the market for a non-silicon based shampoo to help during that time.

      • Krissy says:

        TIH I was gonna suggest you try a light oil after your usual wash and condition. Like right before you blow it dry. That would get it shine and moisture.

  2. CC says:

    For best results, it is best to let them cut freshly washed and dried hair.

    Conditioner washing is using conditioner instead of shampoo to “wash” your hair.

  3. Nerd Girl says:

    I’m not a loose natural, but I have Lovegirl’s hair cut when it is freshly washed and straight ironed. She has some layers cut into in hers which are not obvious at all when her hair isn’t straightened.

    I cowashed a few times when my hair was loose and I’ve tried it on Lovegirl. I didn’t like it – my scalp didn’t feel clean. But I know some folks swear by it.

    • Krissy says:

      That’s what I was gonna say. My scalp doesn’t feel clean when cowashing so I don’t do it. I didn’t knock it til I tried it tho

  4. busybodyk says:

    I only let them blow out my hair to trim it. I don’t let them flat iron it.

    I used to cowash but I prefer this technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=P1FQ79FD2VY <- – This chick has a ton of videos. They are REALLY helpful. I just discovered them last summer and have learned a lot from them.

  5. Lisa says:

    When I get my hair professionally trimmed, I wash, blow dry and flat iron my hair and then go to the salon. I pretty much know how much I want trimmed so I tell them and go from there.

    Although some folks swear by co-washing (simply, washing with conditioner), I don’t. I’ve done it a couple of times and…meh. I use a sulfate free shampoo and about once a month I use a clarifying shampoo (good ole S.uave) to get rid of product build up.

  6. KiwiRocks says:

    I’m delurking for this one. . .

    I’ve been natural for 5 years now, and I co-wash with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration once or twice a week, but I mainly do it in the summer when I wash my hair frequently. I really recommend a sulfate-free shampoo – I like the Curls and DevaCare/DevaCurl lines. I put a squeeze of shampoo [yes, that’s an official measurement :)] in a color application bottle (the one with a pointed tip), dilute with water and apply to my scalp. I also recommend a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month (again, the Curls line has a great one).

    Oh, and I blow my hair out for a trim. If I had more of a curl pattern, I would go to a specialist and get it cut while curly, but I have wiry hair.

    • Angelita says:

      This is pretty much what I do except I use Aubrey organics product. Honeysuckle rose or white camellia shampoo and conditioner. I’ve always blown my hair out to get it cut. But I’m seriously considering getting it cut in it’s curly state after I have the baby.

  7. kim says:

    Pretty much what everybody else says. I haven’t had my hair cut professionally. I don’t use a flat iron or heat. I just let my hair dry on its own. I will usually co wash on a Friday or Saturday and twist it. One thing I found is everything doesn’t work for everyone. Just find your comfort zone and go with it!

  8. Shea says:

    Everything Jurista said!

  9. sundaze says:

    I’m not natual or transitioning but I love hair talk so I’m answweing anyway.

    I prefer to have my hair cut dry. Water tends to elongate the hair so it always ends up a wee bit shorter affter it’s dry and I want to see EXACTLY how much I’m going to be left with. The shrinkage with natural hair would makes this even more important to me.

    Jurista explained what co-washing is. I’m relaxed and I co-wash sometimes. I hated it the first time I tried it. The key for me finding the right conditioner. Some of the hair board holy grails made my hair feel like garbage. My fav is VO5 Clarifying conditioner.

  10. dmcmillian72 says:

    I’ve never heard the term “co-washing”. #LearnSomethingNewEveryDay I was taught the term “no-pooing” (makes me giggle to say that). When I first decided to stop getting relaxers and I was still dealing with my hair myself, I no-pooed regularly (mainly because I was working out). But my hair still felt dry all the time, and that was with rubbing argan oil through my wet hair before I let it air dry. But now I get the blowouts every week and my hair looks and feels WONDERFUL! Guess I never found the right condition to no-poo with, but that’s no longer an issue.

    I’ve never had my hair cut wet, not even when I had a relaxer. And now that I don’t wear a relaxer, I couldn’t imagine getting it cut wet. I tell ya, the difference in how I look with my hair blown out and styled to how I look coming straight from the bowl…COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION! I never knew my hair could look so good without a relaxer. You can’t tell me nothing now! 🙂

  11. Mrs. AKAtude says:

    I get hair cuts and trims with blow dried, flat-ironed hair.

    I co-wash the majority of the time, my fav conditioner is the Suave Professional Almond and Shea Butter <–(might not be the exact name), great for detangling and is cost efficient. I do shampoo once a month with a clarifying shampoo from VO5.

  12. Mick says:

    I wash my hair, with shampoo, once a month. I co-wash at least once a week. I co-wash because shampoo is very drying. It typically takes my hair 3-4 days to remoisturize after washing with shampoo.

    The decision to co-wash depends on your hair. I would try it and see if your hair responds favorably to it.

    Keep us updated!

  13. BK says:

    Ok I’ve been natural for almost 5 years again.. I guess.. lost track.. either way..

    when I get a haircut I have my stylist wash & she blows my hair straight.. then cuts.. if it’s just a trim depending on how bad it’s needed, she may do it wet.

    as for conditioner washing.. it’s a good alternative but they make so many shampoos now that aren’t as invasive that you can use weekly without the sulfates and will not be drying to your hair. In the summer I co-wash every 2 days because I wear my hair out a lot. In the winter, I may co-wash once every 2 weeks because I’m usually in a protective twist style.

    good luck on your hair journey!

  14. BK says:

    Oh as for cheaper conditioners I love the Suave Almond Shea Butter & Cantu line and the Shea Moisture Line. when I’m being real fancy I use Hair Rules Quench Conditioner..

  15. discodiva73 says:

    I am still searching for the best method for my hair. I co-wash about 3 times a week and use shampoo maybe 1/2 a month. I got a trim in December at Curltopia and they did it wet…and that was fine with me. I really don’t care about length because I rock my wig like I am getting paid, but I do care about getting rid of the awful ends.

    I also when not using something I whipped up in the kitchen, use Sulfate free shampoos. I also try to deep condition regularly. My hair is dry, dry, dry.

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