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Co-washing 101

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Cleansing conditoners or “co washing” ,which it is more commonly called, is starting to become more mainstream and isn’t something only heard in the natural hair community anymore. I’ve come to realize a lot of women aren’t aware of all the products that are out there and how to use them. When I first started my hair journey I wish I knew about all these things because it would’ve saved me a lot of money from trial and error.

First things first…....

It’s important to know your hair type and determine your hair porosity. Because that will determine what kind of products you need. Just because something works for me, it may not work for you so that’s why it’s important to know what kind of hair type you have. That is the first step before you go out and buy any products.

Here is a chart below to help you find your hair type. I fall between a 3b and 3c.

Hair Typing Chart

 

photo: http://www.naturallycurly.com

What is co-washing?
Co-washing is short for conditioner washing. Which is exactly what is sounds like, it is a method of cleansing your hair using conditioner instead of shampoo.

What are the benefits?
Co-washing can help in making your hair healthier overall. The purpose of of co- washing is to preserve the natural oils of the hair while gently cleansing. It helps keep your hair moisturized because a cleansing conditioner isn’t going to be drying like a regular shampoo.

Who should be doing it?
Those who have dry, dehydrated and damaged hair.

If you have curly hair like I do you know how important it is to add moisture to your hair, especially if you have a hair type where you have low porosity and it is hard for you to retain moisture. It is important to keep your hair moisturized. If your hair is dry, your hair will be frizzy and that is something that all us curly haired girls don’t want to deal with….well that goes for all hair types.

My routine:
I usually wash my hair twice a week. I start of with a moisturizing shampoo just on my scalp and avoid getting it on the body of my hair. Then I use a co-wash on my scalp and body of my hair. The second time washing my hair in the week I will only use a co-wash. Both times I follow up with a hair masque which I leave in my hair for 5-10 minutes then wash out.

My current favorite co-washes are the Head and Shoulders Co Wash, Carols Daughter Hair Milk and Living Proofs Curl Conditioning Wash.

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With co-washing becoming more popular a lot of brands are coming with a co wash. So you can check if your favorite hair care line has come out with one. Here are some below.

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