By Kinky Roots | Nov 02, 2018
Whether you are a curl girl or not, we’re sure you must be familiar with the term co-washing. So what does it mean? How to co-wash natural hair? Co-washing means using a conditioner or a conditioner-like cream-based product to cleanse the hair. Because naturals have a hard time retaining moisture in their hair, using a good conditioner which has surfactants gently cleanses away the build-up and helps retain the moisture.
Read onto know if you should be jumping on to the co-washing bandwagon, plus all the tips you must keep in mind!
While co-washing works wonders for women who have thick, coarse or dry hair, it can be not-so-effective for women with thin hair. So if your hair is already thin, fine or oily, you will need a shampoo that removes excess oil from the scalp as only co-washing your hair will make it appear flatter and oily.
The transition from shampoo to co-wash can definitely have an effect on your hair. It may take a few days for your scalp to adjust to a co-washing treatment and could even feel oily at the start. We recommend, working it into your routine gradually. You can start off with co-washing once a week or maybe opt to co-wash after a heavy workout too.
While co-washing provides a gentle cleanse to the scalp and hydrates adequately, the build-up is inevitable. This is why your hair and scalp still need a gentle sulfate-free shampoo for an adequate cleanse or else it may lead to an itchy scalp. So what does this mean? Since every hair type is different, we suggest you play it by ear and see what works for your scalp and hair type and texture. While some may need a wash bi-weekly in addition to regular co-washing, some may need it only once a month.
Do you need a special cleanser? Ladies, if you have thick hair then your daily conditioner is all you’ll need. Just be sure to check the ingredients and avoid conditioners with the word “cones” for e.g. silicones or dimethicone, in their ingredients list. If your hair isn’t as thick, then we suggest opting for a cleansing conditioner. Looking for recommendations? We love Dr. Miracle’s Cleanse & Condition Leave-In Conditioner because of its nourishing ingredients. Since this one works well for all hair types you may want to check it out.
Because co-washing is different from cleansing with a shampoo, you need to know the right technique to get rid of excess build-up. For an effective co-wash, we suggest you dampen your hair well. Your strands should be soaking wet to absorb the conditioner better. Don’t be measly with the conditioner; you can go ahead and use a palmful if you need to. Emulsify it onto your mid-lengths and ends for a thorough cleanse and leave it for 5 minutes or longer if you have extremely dry hair.
Curlies, over- conditioning is a legit thing! So, while it’s okay to co-wash your hair frequently, be mindful as to not over wash it. If your hair feels is spongy or mushy then you are definitely doing something wrong.
Co-washing your natural hair will help to retain the natural, curly texture which is very important. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, it may be delicate or dry and requires lots of TLC!
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