Dear FroBunni, I went natural a few months ago, and I am trying to find a natural hair regimen for me. I read that cowashing is better for natural hair than shampooing. Is this true?

This is a pretty loaded question simply because it will really depend on you. Some naturals find great success in cowashing and other alternative hair cleansing methods. I have had a level of success washing with baking soda and cleansing conditioners, but I have since went back to using shampoo, although it is diluted with water. Shampooing works better for me because I tend to get scalp folliculitis, which can get very itchy and irritated if I don't use soap. It works for me, but it may not work for you.

You should test cleansing with both methods. For three months, wash using shampoo, and for another three months, cowash. Pay attention to how your hair and scalp feels, and feel free to use different products or methods (I have posts on washing with cleansing conditioner and other alternative cleansing methods). I guarantee you will find the perfect method for you!

To start you on your search, I have compiled a short list of great shampoos and alternative cleansing methods.

Giovanni Ultra-Moist Shampoo
Kinky Curly Come Clean
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

Alternative Cleansing Methods
Shikakai Powder
Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner
Bentonite Clay
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  1. I used to use Suave Naturals for cleansing monthly and Shea Moisture Raw Retention shampoo weekly, but I've found that both are too harsh for my hair and leave my hair too dry. So now I use Rhassoul clay monthly for cleansing and Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle for co wash weekly and my hair has been moisturize, cleansed, and soft every since.