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Shampooing vs. Not - Growth?

Aside from Lorraine Massey, the other curly hair experts say that to shampoo your scalp with a gentle shampoo encourages hair growth. And that not shampoing can plug up the follicles.

I shampoo every 5-6 weeks when I color, rest of the time co-wash. I want to try shampooing with Creme of Nature and see (1) if my hair can stand it, and (2) if there is a difference in hair growth.

Has anyone done both over periods of time, and noticed a difference?
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  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    I've always been under the impression that it's the stimulation of the scalp that keeps your follicles unclogged & your hair healthy and growing, so I would think if the scalp is scrubbed really well that your hair would grow just as fast whether it be water washing, co-washing or shampooing. I'm just now trying to go longer periods without shampooing, so I'm no help as far as a comparison goes.
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  • mysteryflavoredmysteryflavored Posts: 1,271Registered Users
    I have two three-month periods to compare: after my first cut, and after my second. For the two months after my first cut, I shampooed daily, I think. Pretty harshly, too.

    I almost feel like my hair has grown more after my second cut. Maybe the season has something to do with that (doesn't hair grow faster in the winter?), but I've been so bad about water and vitamins lately that I'm pretty sure that isn't affecting it. I've also gotten a lot better at co-washing, so I really do get my scalp clean with my fingers and conditioner alone, to the point where I don't even need to shampoo every week anymore.

    If I were to draw any conclusions, I'd say the shampoo didn't help much. But I would just be wary about shampooing regularly again, for fear of confusing my scalp and upping the sebum production.
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    I've been CG for a few years- although I do shampoo (non-sulfate, of course!) a handful of times a year. I haven't noticed any change in the rate that my hair grows.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    the other issue for me is I've been shedding a lot, increasing in the past month. Don't know whether it's time of year, products or what. But I want to change up, shampoo more frequently for a month with diluted non-sulfate, and see what happens.
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  • botticellicurlygirlbotticellicurlygirl Posts: 168Registered Users
    I started shampooing again regularly. Mostly it's with non sulfate shampoos, but it's still shampoo. My curls are looking much better, shinier, and have more body. But I can't say my hair is growing at a different rate. I think it's growing just the same. But the condition of my hair seems to be a bit better, I just think no matter how light the conditioner I was using before, my hair just got weighed down by it all. I keep getting told how much thicker my hair is looking all of a sudden, but it's just from shampooing. I'm still using the same conditioners I was using to cowash after I shampoo.

    Hope that helps!
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