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By Chrissi J

To Po or Not to Po? Is it okay to not shampoo my hair?

“Can I not shampoo my hair?” is a commonly asked question from some of my clients. The answer is: no.

It is important that your hair is shampooed at least once or twice every month. ‘Co-Washing’ or only using conditioner, can be great for in-between shampoos. Co-washing can definitely eliminate the need to comb your hair so often, and it also leaves your hair soft just the way you love it. I definitely recommend it.

However, with time, hair accumulates dirt and lint from outside, as well as build-up from products. Too much dirt or build up can lead to an offensive smell, breakage, and/or Malassezia (a fungal-type dandruff that develops in the presence of lipids, oils, waxes, etc). Shampooing your hair is a must, but for curly hair it isn’t necessary to do it so often. Just make sure when you do shampoo, as you must shampoo, to use conditioner afterwards.

When it comes to what conditioners you should try and how often is too often to wash your hair, these are the most common questions I get:

Q: What conditioners would you recommend?

A: I personally really like Organic Root Stimulator’s ‘Replenishing Conditioner’ & Aveda ‘Shampure’ Conditioner. Why? Well, because they work well with a lot of different hair types, which is always a great thing…but there are a lot of really great conditioners out there. Find which works best for you!

Q: If I shampoo & condition my hair twice in one month can it dry my hair out?

A: Not necessarily, it’s important that you always condition/hot oil treat your hair after you shampoo to replace the moisture in your hair. Everyone and their hair is different, so it’s important for you to consciously notice your hair and patterns that form as a result of using different products and trying different shampoo and styling routines. Do what makes your hair happy & healthy.

Q: What can I use in my homemade conditioner?

A:  Before you start, I suggest that you are aware of what type of hair you have and the condition your hair and scalp is in. Do research on products that will cater to you and what is best for your hair and scalp. The following is a list of some of my favorite conditioning ingredients…

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