Hello curly friends, I conditioner only wash (cowash) my hair biweekly to clean my scalp and restore moisture! Co-washing is short for “conditioner-only washing.” It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you’re a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage.
- Less frizz
- Shampoos sometimes use harsh surfactants to cleanse the hair which leads to dry frizzy brittle hair. Conditioners have surfactants as well, but a lot less. That means they are much more gently than shampoos.
- Co- washing protects color treated hair between touch ups
- Gives that “second day hair” feel instantly.
- Great for dry scalp.
- Co washing makes hair softer and less prone to breakage.
- Styling products work better with more moisturized hair.
- If hair is curly this will define curls more
- Preserves natural oil that your hair needs
Are You a Candidate for Co-Washing?
If your hair is dry or it’s curly or wavy (both of which tend to be naturally dry), chances are that you’ll benefit from co-washing.
Who isn’t Co-Washing Good for?
People with fine, straight hair, which could get weighed down. Those with an oily scalp or dermatitis should steer clear, too. “Co-washing alone doesn’t effectively treat either condition,” says Jeannette Graf, a New York City dermatologist. Stick with your regular shampoo-then-condition routine.
NOTE: After picking the conditioner that is going to work for your hair there are a few key simple steps you want to take and remember when co washing your hair. Remember the conditioner that you choose to co-wash with should have ingredients that are going to benefit your hair not harm it. Try to steer clear of conditioners that have silicones in them which will make it difficult to wash out of your hair because they are not water soluble. So what does that mean for you: resiude and build up! Yuck. Which would defeat the purpose in co-washing your hair in the first place.
- Wet Your Hair: First wet your strands before applying your conditioner with warm water. Make sure it is saturated before applying the conditioner.
- Conditioner Wash: I used SheaMoisture SuperFruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Conditioner. “NB: There are co-wash conditioners specially made for cowashing which contains a little cleansing agent in them” use whichever works for you. The application process is different for different people depending on where their co-washing routine takes place. Your best bet in conditioner application is to apply the conditioner in your hair in small sections like I did, I sectioned my hair into 6 then applied section by section. This will also help to detangle the hair in the next few steps. Applying in sections also helps to make sure each strand has been saturated with the conditioner.
- Detangle: After you have thoroughly applied the conditioner from root to tip throughout all of your strands you are going to want to start your detangling process. Gently Finger detangling.
- Massage: Gently massage your scalp with finger tips to lift dirt, make sure you don’t massage your hair to prevent knotting.
- Rinse & Repeat (optional) The repeat part is optional.
- Deep Condition: After rinsing out all of the conditioner, I dabbed my hair with an old T shirt to remove excess water, then I applied Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask in sections from tips to root, covered with a processing cap and then a heat cap! I left it in for 15 minutes, then rinsed out thoroughly.
- Final Detangle: In sections I detangled with Sha Moisture Extra- Moisture Detangler.
- L.O.C Method: Moisturized with Shea Moisture, Jamaican black castor oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave In Conditioner, massaged my scalp with my Oil Mix, Locked in Moisture with My DIY Whipped Shea Butter! Check out more on L.O.C Method HERE
- My hair was so shrunken as it should be lol, So I Stretched on low tension with yarn, I dampened the yarn to prevent it from soaking out the goodness from my hair 😄
All Done!! Quick and Easy, my hair feels moisturized, revived, and a whole lot softer.
Do you co wash your hair? How do you do it??? Please feel free to drop your opinion in the comment section. 😘
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