CO-WASHING 101: Cleansing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Co-washing does not strip your hair like shampoo does. You should try this if you are transitioning or already natural.
DEFINITION: Co-Washing is a technique that entails washing your hair solely with conditioner. This includes massaging the conditioner into your scalp like you would with shampoo and putting it on the length of your hair.
BENEFITS: Moisture, Moisture, Moisture! Softness and manageability for new growth!
HOW TO: Everyone does it differently. There is really no ‘right’ way to co-wash. If you do it differently than someone
else, you will not damage your hair. Here’s what works for me … First, after completely saturating my hair with water, I massage the conditioner into my scalp. Second, I finger comb it through, which helps with the detangling process later. Third, I rinse it out. Then, if necessary, I repeat the entire process.
PRODUCTS: Many naturals prefer to use cheap conditioners because of co-washing often. Some of the favorite conditioners are: Suave, VO5, Herbal Essence, Traders Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle, Giovanni Direct, Tresemmé Naturals and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration.
GROWTH: Because co-washing also cleans the scalp, it is good for growth. Hair grows much faster with a cleaner scalp. Some ladies report receiving enhanced growth from frequent co-washes.
HOW OFTEN: The average range is from daily to once a week. This varies according to how often one works out, product build up from gels and pomades, etc. Some co-wash daily without any problems.
THE TAKE AWAY: This co-washing technique may sound a little strange to some of you, but it is the Best Technique for cleaning your hair and scalp without stripping your hair of its natural oils! It helps your hair retain moisture which translates to healthy, shiny, and hydrated hair! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!