When you don’t need to completely wash your hair every time and just need to wash it to ensure it’s cleaned through, a great option for that is co-washing. Co-washing is the act of solely using conditioner and no shampoo when washing your hair in your hair care routine. It’s great if you don’t always want to use a shampoo which can sometimes contain sulfates and ingredients that can damage your hair over time. When co-washing for the first time, it’s important to remember and understand the basics.
Avoid Shampoos with Sulfates
The first thing to note is that you shouldn’t co-wash all the time. As much as it sounds tempting to, shampoo is effective for your hair and co-washing is an every now and again type of deal. Find a shampoo without sulfates and you won’t have to concern yourself too much with damaging your own curls.
Choosing the Best Conditioner
Another important thing to know is that not all conditioners are as great as co-washes. It’s important to find conditioners that bring moisturizing and restoring qualities back to your hair; ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and Aloe Vera are all great ingredients to look for. Definitely do some research when searching for the right moisturizing hair conditioner.
Recognize When to Co-wash and When to Shampoo
It’s best to know how often to co-wash as well; the key to this is to understand how your hair operates. Once a week works for some, but not all. Sometimes once a month works just fine for other natural hair while going that long without a co-wash can do damage to other hair. Study how your hair smells, looks and feels at the middle or even the end of the week; if your hair feels dry, dull, it feels like there’s build-up or breakage, or your hair looks dull and doesn’t smell good it’s a good time to shampoo followed by a moisturizing conditioner. Hair extension care is very similar to taking care of your own hair. Review our Hair Care page to review the steps to maintaining clean hair exertions.
Co-washing can be a great and effective way to keep your hair healthy, maintained, and moisturized without doing damage and going through the entire process. Be sure to look at great sulfate-free conditioners and know your hair so you understand the best times to co-wash your hair.