Everything You Need To Know About Co-Washing

August 14, 2018

 

Co-washing has taken the natural hair community by storm. The term meaning condition washing, is a curly girl’s way of taking a stand against shampoos. Most people with curly or coily hair types have opted for low-poo or no-poo methods as a means of hair care. But is co-washing right for you? Are you even doing it properly? Here’s everything you need to know.

 

1. The Right Co-wash Should Cleanse

Since a co-wash is literally a conditioner that is meant to replace your shampoo, it makes sense that it would both cleanse and condition. It is a replacement to the traditional two-step wash day system. Without the cleansing component you’re doing your hair a disservice that may result in limp, greasy, damaged hair.

 

2. Pay Attention To The Ingredients

Don’t get caught up in a company’s marketing! We cannot stress this enough. If your co-wash is a cleansing conditioner then you should be able to identify the ingredient doing the cleansing. As a rule of thumb, if the ingredient list of your co-wash looks almost exactly like the ingredient list of your conditioner, it’s probably not much different and doesn’t fulfill its dual purpose.

 

3. Avoid Silicones

Silicones may leave hair feeling good immediately after washing with products containing them. You will, however, quickly find that they’ll become a co-washers worst enemy when you have a ton of build-up. Build-up over time leaves hair feeling weighed down and looking dull. Silicones don’t penetrate the hair shaft. Instead it sits on top coating it.

 

If you continue to use a co-wash made of silicones you may find that your hair “stops liking” even your favorite staple products over time. The reason? Because the product cannot penetrate the hair! Using silicones and only co-washing is a quick and easy way to suffocate your hair and cut it off from essential nourishment. In extreme cases it may even stunt your hair’s growth.