How Co-Washing Saved My Bleached-Fried Hair

How Co-Washing Saved My Bleached-Fried Hair

heavy-metal-toxicity-detox-marissaI’m Marissa, the Wellness Manager at kaia naturals. Today I’m sharing with you my experience with co-washing and how I was able to train my hair to need less shampooing. I used to wash my hair every single day, but now I only wash it twice a week. Find out how I did it below.

Two summers ago, I bleached my hair using a box dye just before heading to Florida. I got distracted, left the bleach on a little too long, and my hair looked and felt like someone had put it the deep fryer – crispy and crunchy. Although I wouldn’t call this a blessing in disguise, frying my hair that summer would change how I would shower and wash my hair forever.

My hairdresser (who was appalled by the mess I made) told me the first step I had to do was stop shampooing every day, as that was stripping my hair even more. Motivated to nourish my hair back to a healthy state, I started researching how I could possibly go a day without washing my hair and not have greasy roots. I then discovered the “co-washing and dry shampoo method“.

 

WHAT IS CO-WASHING?

Co-washing is when you skip the shampoo in your routine and only use conditioner or another moisturizing product so that you aren’t stripping your hair of its natural oils. This may sound odd, but here’s how it works. Scientifically speaking, like dissolves like, which means that oil will dissolve oil. 

The result? The oils/moisturizing agents in your conditioner will mildly dissolve and cleanse the oils on your hair, but will not strip the hair entirely of its natural oils like shampoo does. By skipping shampoo your hair will also, over time, stop overproducing oil and balance out its own oil production. You can now go longer without the need to wash your hair.

 

MY TRIED-AND-TESTED METHOD TO NOT WASHING YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY:

 

DAY 1: I would shampoo and condition like normal.

 

DAY 2: By the end of the day, I was itching to wash my hair again but with sheer determination I washed my hair using only conditioner (avoiding my roots so they didn’t become greasy).

 

DAY 3: This day was tough until I implemented dry shampoo, which was a total game changer. Instead of washing, I sprayed a natural dry shampoo into my roots before going to bed. This way when I woke up, the dry shampoo had had enough time to absorb the oil, sweat and odor from the previous day.

NOTE: Day 3 is the real hump you have to get through! Stay motivated and power through!

 

DAY 4: It was time to shampoo and condition again!

 

What I found after a few weeks of sticking to this routine was that my scalp become less greasy between every shampoo, and I couldn’t believe the time I was saving from not having to wash my hair every day. In just a few months after my bleaching mishap, my hair felt so much softer and even noticed my scalp was less dry and had less dandruff. The co-washing + dry shampoo method is a total life saver!

If you want to learn a few more tips on how to start washing your hair less, read more here.

PHOTO BY GREGORY PAPPAS.

This Beauty Product Is The Lethal Bomb

This Beauty Product Is The Lethal Bomb

Hairspray is one of the key offenders when it comes to the most toxic beauty products. The Canadian Government classifies it as a “HAIR LACQUER”, which should give you a pretty good indication as to what you are about to read.

 

THE MOTHER OF ALL OFFENDERS

The National Institute of Health says that it doesn’t know if all ingredients in hairspray are safe for human use. That alone should make you wonder if you should be using this stuff at all! What makes things worse is that even ingredients that we do know cause harmful diseases and birth defects are still being used in hairsprays all the time!

First developed in 1940, conventional hairspray formulations have remained highly volatile, dangerous, and virtually unchanged. The only exception was a government mandate to remove CFC’s (Chlorofluorocarbons) in 1980 due to the depletion of the ozone layer.

 

SO, WHAT ACTUALLY MAKES HAIRSPRAY SO BAD?

 

POLYMERS

(just another name for plastic!)

FUNCTION: Gives structural support to the hair.

CAUTIONARY TALE: One polymer often used, polyvinylpyrrolidine, is also used to bind the layers of wood in plywood together. Do you really want this on your hair?!

NOTE: there are natural polymers available (ex. silk, wool and cellulose).

SEEN ON INGREDIENT LIST AS: Usually petroleum

 

SOLVENTS

FUNCTION: Used as a carrier for the active ingredients in hairspray.

CAUTIONARY TALE: Most often ethanol alcohol is used because it dries fast (and is VEYR drying to hair) and doesn’t corrode in the can. Ethanol use has been restricted because it is a volatile organic compounds (VOCs), contributing to air pollution, and is deadly when it comes into contact with an open flame.

SEEN ON INGREDIENT LIST AS: Usually ethanol alcohol. There are no acceptable replacement solvents approved to date.

 

PROPELLANTS

FUNCTION: Gasses, mainly butane and propane, responsible for propelling the hairspray out of the can.

CAUTIONARY TALE: Propellants have been linked to allergic skin reactions, asthma and breathing difficulties. They are highly flammable, so just think how harsh this would be on your hair if you blasted a blow dryer on hair coated with a flammable substance?

SEEN ON INGREDIENT LIST AS: propane, butane.

 

ADDITIVES

FUNCTION: Added to make hairspray more flexible and perform better.

CAUTIONARY TALE: Additives are just a bunch of chemicals that make the product work better, but serve no other purpose, exposing us to chemicals for no reason.

SEEN ON INGREDIENT LIST AS: Isopropyl myristate, diethyl phthalate, and silicones. (Plasticizers: added to make hairspray more flexible).

OR 

Aminomethyl propanol (AMP), ammonium hydroxide, morpholine, cyclohexylamine, borate esters). (Neutralizing and anti-corrosion agents: added to control resin solubility and help prevent the inside of the can from rusting).

4 KEY REASONS TO USE HAIR SPRAY & WHAT TO REPLACE THEM WITH:

 

1. FINISHING HOLD: A natural pump hair spray as this eliminates:

  • Propellants
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Lauryl alcohol
  • Replaces ethanol alcohol solvents with fatty alcohols (healthy for hair)  derived from nature Cetyl alcohol

 

2. TAMING UNRULY STRANDS:

  • Hair serums
  • Sea Salt Spray

 

3. FOR OILY HAIR: Dry shampoo.

 

4. TO VOLUMIZE: Dry shampoo.

Second Day Hair Odor is No Match for THIS Product

Second Day Hair Odor is No Match for THIS Product

Waking up to hair that looks fresh, but has an unpleasant odor is a common problem many of us face. Here 4 common causes you may not know could be making your hair smell:

 

Overwashing

Stripping the natural oils from your hair too often can lead to an overproduction of oil from the scalp, leading to an unpleasant odor.

 

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common skin condition characterized by a dry flaky scalp. To make up for the dryness that your scalp is experiencing, the body produces excess oil, which causes odorous hair.

 

Stress

When we are overstressed, the hormones in our body tend to fluctuate. We also sweat from a different type of sweat gland – known as the apocrine glands – when we are stressed than when we are overheated. These secrete a white, odorous substance that is secreted into the hair follicles on our underarms and scalp.

 

Environmental Factors

Day-old hair just doesn’t have the same clean smell as freshly washed hair. Our hair picks up odors from the environment, office, and restaurants, leaving our hair smelling less than ideal.

 

second day hair overnight

 

Banish Smelly Hair

Regardless of what causes your smelly hair, there is a quick easy fix that you probably haven’t heard of. The takesumi detox® overnight dry shampoo uses the power of time-activated charcoal to do the trick. Charcoal is known for its abilities to absorb and eliminate odor. Also scented with kaia naturals signature blend of essential oils, the overnight dry shampoo leaves your hair smelling as if you just washed it. Use it either overnight for maximum oil and sweat absorption OR during the day as a quick fix for odorous hair.

 

Read more on why you should be using your dry shampoo overnight here.

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