That exchange stayed with me for a little bit. Then I receive this comment on the post discussing cold showers.
"I believe this can work well for hair growth. When was texlaxed I always rinsed with cold water and my hair seemed to grow quickly and my length retention was on point. As a natural, I most quit doing this often only to recently start again. When I had my 2nd summer natural I rinsed my hair with cold water in the shower everyday and my growth was impressive."
Since the topic of frequent washing and growth came up twice within a couple of days, I thought it would make sense to talk about the merits of frequent washing and how it pertains to hair growth.
When I studied the regimens of women with successful hair journeys, I noticed the following patterns.
Group 1: Cowashed every day and experienced amazing growth and retention.
Group 2: Washed in regular intervals and left their hair alone (protective styled) until next wash day.
I'm sure there were other groups but those are the ones that stuck out to me. Almost everyone who washed/conditioned daily would mention how much growth and retention they enjoyed as a result of their efforts. But how exactly does daily washing influence hair growth?
1| Hair is constantly expososed to moisture in the form of water. Hair that is highly moisturized is likely to break less.
2| Daily washing creates daily scalp stimulation as you cleanse. Your shower head acts as a second method of scalp stimulation thereby promoting blood flow. Cold rinses can further accelerate this process.
3| Daily cleansing promotes a clean scalp which can help promote healthier growth. A scalp with clogged pores can hamper healthy growth from occuring.
4| Daily co-wash/cleansing also promotes a low manipulation lifestyle. Most co washers didn't go through any intricate styling process post wash knowing they'd be washing their hair again in the immediate future.
5| Daily co-washing means daily conditioning. Which means the hair follicle is better protected to withstand damage caused by manipulation.
The benefits can even be experienced if one washed several times a week (not just daily). Back in the day, when I had less texture, I could co-wash and air dry with the best of them. And yes, my hair did enjoy regular exposure to water and moisturizing conditioners. But now air drying is my arch nemesis and the thought of roller setting multiple times a week makes me cringe. It seems like a huge waste of time and I'm not sure about all the manipulation. But, who knows, my hair might be better equipped to handle it since I now have Olaplex on my side.
Washing hair just might stimulate growth. Especially when done during the warmer months when hair growth rates are already accelerated. But it could also be the retention that allows us to finally experience the growth that once seemed invisible. One word of warning is to never forgo deep conditioning if you become a regular co-washer. Highly moisturized hair may feel healthy but we still need to balance with protein to fortify the strand. It's all about balance.
I'm ready to try again with more frequent washings. Maybe not daily. More like 2-3 times a week and see what happens. For now I have to roller set because nothing else seems to agree with my hair after a wash.
Those of you who co-wash regularly with great results. Share your tips on what you do with your hair afterwards and whether you've experienced increased growth/retention because of it.