Some of you curly girls may already know all there is to know about co-washing, but for those of you who don’t I shall give you a quick introduction.
So, what is co-washing?
it’s actually short for conditioner-washing and simply means swapping your shampoo with a sud free cleansing conditioner.
Why ditch the suds?
Traditional shampoos contain harsh detergents, sulfates and chemicals, which strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it looking dull and feeling brittle. If your hair is naturally curly, very thick and frizzy or quite coarse and dry, like me, you might find that your strands are smoother, more manageable and less poofy on the second day. This is because, by then some of the oils have had a chance to rebuild in the hair. These natural oils help to hydrate the hair and curb frizz, so by using a milder cleanser which cleans gently without removing all the oils, you’re left with softer, shinier and super nourished tresses.
Should I do it?
Unless you have Afro hair or very dry curly hair, you should think about co-washing as a supplement, not a replacement. Use it once a week or every other week, then use a clarifying or sulfate free shampoo, like Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo, £13.25. If your hair is straight and very fine, losing the lather may not be that beneficial for you. Straight hair tends to get greasier much quicker than curly hair and shows it a lot more too. Avoid it if you have oily hair, or there’s a small chance you’ll end up looking like the girl from the grudge (never good). If your hair is coloured it will work wonders for you. In the same way that it strips the oils, normal shampoos will strip the dye from your hair. By using a cleansing conditioner, your colour will be brighter, more vibrant and will last longer.
How should I co-wash?
You’ll find that it’s a very different washing experience than shampooing. For starters, no matter how much you try and get that glorious, soapy lather, you wont. Instead use more than you would your normal shampoo, and we mean a lot more, like 8 pumps. Cover your entire head and let it sit for a few minutes before you wash it out.
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