Style Can Co-Washing Actually Damage Your Hair?

10:01  05 june  2018
10:01  05 june  2018 Source:   elleuk.com

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Can Only Using Conditioner Actually Damage Your Hair ? However, though co - washing has been around for a while and has accrued a loyal fan base, recent reports could throw a spanner in the works.

Natural Hair Care. 3 Ways Daily Co - Washing Can Damage Hair . by Black Girl With Long Hair • Jun 14, 2012. I never ever use a leave in conditioner because of the oils in my regular conditioner and gel. My hair actually loves it when I co - wash everyday.

Ditching shampoo and washing with conditioner is said to produce smoother and softer hair. But can it be bad for you?: Can Co-Washing Actually Damage Your Hair? © Imaxtree Can Co-Washing Actually Damage Your Hair? When you've had a laborious day at work or just got home after an intense workout at the gym, there's nothing quite like jumping in the shower to rinse your hair in a fruity-smelling shampoo and silky smooth conditioner.

But, in recent years, some women have become champions of the 'no-shampoo' movement which involves 'co-washing' – otherwise known as 'conditioner washing' – using a cleansing conditioner to wash hair, leaving it feeling softer, easier to manage and healthier.

What Is Co-Washing?

We originally talked about it back in 2014:

'Washing your hair without shampoo? Surely that's like Ant without Dec. Mac without Cheese. Gin without tonic?' I hear you cry.

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Co - washing is short for “conditioner washing,” or cleansing your hair with your favorite conditioner instead of shampoo. Some even believe gentle cleansers can prevent split ends and other types of hair damage .

The damage can still be done though if the style is switched up for work every day, your best friends birthday party this weekend and that job interview Many people have turned to co - washing which is using only conditioner to cleanse the hair , but some can’t live without the squeaky clean feeling.

a person brushing the teeth in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Woman washing hair © Getty Images Woman washing hair We all know that frequent washing and using harsh sulphates, detergents, or some of the chemicals frequently found in shampoo can strip the hair of its natural oils. 

However, the 'no shampoo method' involves using conditioner free from silicones, such as dimethicone, which leaves the hair and scalp feeling clean and extra moisturised – not heavy and oily, as commonly thought. 

But, although co-washing has been around for a while and has accrued a loyal fan base, recent reports could throw a spanner in the works.

A federal judge in Los Angeles gave a preliminary approval for a £21.1 million settlement for a law suit against Gwyneth Paltrow and Alyssa Milano's celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean's product range, Wen (and its distributor Guthy-Renker). The case comes after 200 women across 40 states in the US launched legal action, alleging the stylist's cleansing conditioner had resulted in side effects including hair loss, hair breakage, rashes and scalp irritation.

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In fact, because fine, dry hair types are so susceptible to breakage and further damage , cleansing conditioners are actually kind of a godsend for taking the place of shampoo. Many people say that the trick to co - washing is to shampoo your hair every once in a while.

However, after reading claims that evening hair washers could be unknowingly damaging their tresses, I started to get paranoid. "You can still wash your hair at night, but either dry it before getting in bed, or loosely braid it. Enjoy your lie-in, people. Via Cosmopolitan. co .uk.

a close up of a person: Wet hair © Getty Images Wet hair As a result, if approved by a US district judge, those who have reportedly suffered side effects from Wen products could be in line to receive up to £16,000 in damages.

Attorney Amy Davis told CBS: 'From what we understand about the product and how it causes hair loss is it contains virtually no cleanser. It's like using lotion to wash your hair. So instead of removing the product when you rinse it off, it just becomes impacted in your hair follicle.'

Is Co-Washing Bad For Your Hair?

Well, maybe not.

According to dermatologists working on the court case, they can't quite make out why exactly the women suffered such horrific side effects. Specifically, dermatologists have taken issue with the idea that the product affected the hair 'follicle.'

Dermatologist Debra Jaliman told Xovain: 'Since hair grows from the hair follicle-which is under the skin-and not from the surface, I couldn't really make sense of this lawsuit.'

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"However, for some women with hair that is dry, damaged , coarse, curly or colored, they tend to worry that too much washing strips hair of nutrients and essential oils." According to Dr. Wilkerson, it's because co - washing actually helps to deliver a higher level of moisture, which keeps the hair from

This actually helps me to keep my hair moisturized. When I don't do a midweek Cowash I noticed I have to deal with more tangles on wash day. As a general rule, co - washing does not cause damage , you just have to know what works for your hair and follow that path.

a group of people posing for the camera: What is co-washing? © Rex What is co-washing? Besides, if the product was found to contain 'virtually no cleanser', the worst side effect would result in oily hair – not hair loss or breakage – according to Mary Gail Mercurio, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Centre.

I know what you're thinking. 'Well, Wen's products must have some weird depilatory ingredient that is making women's hair fall out?'

Not according to the experts.

a woman taking a selfie: Mary Katrantzou hair © Getty Images Mary Katrantzou hair 'If there were a specific depilatory ingredient in these products, it would affect more women,' says Dr. Mercurio. 

'There are many causes of hair loss. It's possible that some of these women are sustaining hair loss from a separate issue,' she added.

It seems that choosing to 'poo or not 'poo (shampoo, get your minds out of the gutter) is a completely individual choice, just as it is for how often you wash your hair. 'It really depends on scalp's oil production, which differs from person to person,' says Mercurio.

So, if you want to try out co-washing, there doesn't seem to be any problem currently with doing so but, as with all beauty and health experiments, monitor how you feel and keep tabs on any negative side effects.

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