Friday, February 22, 2013

Co-Washing your Natural Hair

If you're like me, when I first began transitioning I kept hearing the term "co-wash" but never knew what it was or its benefits. Co-washing or conditioner only washing is a method used by many naturals to rinse their hair of existing product and sweat while adding moisture back into the hair.

 It is not a replacement for cleansing the hair, but this technique can be used between washes to avoid over-drying effects of shampoo. Conventional shampoos can cause natural hair to become dry, unmanageable and frizzy. Washing your hair with a good rinse-out conditioner can keep your waves, kinks, and curls moisturized and healthy. 

I am fairly new to co-washing. As of lately, I co-wash my hair using Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Conditioner once (sometimes twice) a week and follow up with a shampoo (Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo) every 2 or 3 weeks. Having the occasional wash with the shampoo is the real trick to being able to successfully manage a co-wash routine. The shampoo will help cleanse hair thoroughly and do note that it is perfectly fine to use a mild sulfate free shampoo. The idea is that you utilize a cleansing product on occasion to help clear off any build up before it becomes an issue. The alternation routine is really up to you and your hair. You can shampoo wash once a week, once every two weeks or once a month...its completely up to you!  

Deciding if Co-Washing is for you:

Not everyone co-washes their hair & co-washing may not be for everyone. Consider your environment & lifestyle. Regular exercisers who sweat heavily may find that shampooing on a daily basis is too harsh. Co-washing is a perfect solution for them. However, if you live in an area of high pollution or your work brings your hair in contact with a high level of dust or dirt, you may find that a co-washing routine actually makes your hair dirtier as hair conditioner has a tendency to attract and bind particles. Finding a mild shampoo may be a better alternative instead of adopting a co-wash routine.

I came across this info-graphic & just had to share. Very informative!

I hope this was helpful for you all! Have a good day, curlfriends! :)


  1. I just made the decision to start co-washing. My choice was mainly because I used to think that conditioner would not clean my hair. Maybe it was just that how my mind was trained from being relaxed. At any rate, I co-washed for the first time last week and loved it so I will definitely keep at it. Thanks for the tips :)

    1. I agree! I always had the idea in my head that you had to shampoo your hair in order for it to be clean! But yay, glad these tips could help! :)


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