by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org
You already know just how beneficial co-washing is to a natural hair. Moisture is the name of the game as well as keeping the harsh chemicals and products away from our hair as much as possible! I don't think any natural would disagree with me on that.
I'm sure by now you also know how bad the effects shampoo can have on natural hair but it's also necessary to properly cleanse the hair and scalp as well. Pretty much a double -edged sword and even with sulfate-free shampoos you still can be stripping too much moisture and natural oils.
Now, when I was relaxed, I washed my hair weekly. Just like now unless I'm a little too lazy and will stretch it to a week and a half or even two weeks before I finally shampoo. I used oils back during my relaxed days but none of them were virgin or pure.
I had so many things going through my mind when I first went natural that I wasn't concerned with how many times I would need to shampoo. I just expected to do the regular and required two washes. I noticed right away that I got the suds on the first application as well as it felt CLEAN. My hair was clean with one shampooing. NO REPEAT? No! It was actually noticeable.
This is just a "aha" moment. You know, the ones Oprah is so famous for. Sometimes we overlook the small things that change around us that mean more than their size. Something so small as, 'no repeat necessary' versus 'repeat' seems trivial but it means something to me. I have changed and so has my hair and my routine.
Have you noticed an "aha" moment since you've been natural?