Are you newly natural and your hair is dry like the Sahara Desert? You’ve tried all types of oils, butters and moisturizers and your hair just soaks it up. Have you tried co-washing? Here is some information that maybe helpful to you.
What is the art of washing with conditioner?
Conditioner washing is referred to by several names including: Co-washing, conditioner-only washing, conditioner rinse. Simply put, it means washing hair with conditioner. Just as you take shampoo and massage it into your roots and hair, you do the same with conditioner. Amazingly, it cleanses your hair – but gently.
Why on earth would I only use conditioner?
There are many reasons why you can choose to do a conditioner only wash:
- Shampooing makes your hair frizzy and dry.
- You don’t use a lot of styling products and just need a light wash.
- Your scalp is allergic to shampoo.
- You experience a lot of tangles when you shampoo and just don’t have time for that every day.
Co-washes keep your hair moisturized and super conditioned. Many naturally curly women do co-washes daily to help them maintain frizz free moisturized curls. Conditioner washes help your hair hold on to moisture because you are constantly opening the hair cuticle and putting vital moisture (water and conditioner) into your hair. The more often you conditioner wash, the better your results will be.
Benefits of Co-Washing:
#1) Co-washing loosens up dirt build up on your scalp without striping the oil from your hair. When you work the conditioner into your scalp the dirt, dust, and dead skin you release ensures your scalp is clean which makes it easier for your hair to grow.
#2) Most naturals want curl definition for their hair. Co-washing thoroughly moistures your hair which promotes curl definition your strands will coil up beautifully when you co-wash because each strand is well moisturized. The trick is to keep that moisture up after your co-wash is over. That’s why finding a leave-in that your hair loves is extra important.
When you co-wash your hair focus on massaging dirt, dust, and dead skin from your scalp and then focus on messaging the conditioner into the end of your hair; depending on what product you use the sit time will be different, but make sure to let the conditioner sit for the 10-20 minutes noted. Finally, be ABSOLUTELY sure to RINSE out your hair. If you just leave the conditioner in you will be leaving in the dirt, dust, and dead hair your just worked out from your scalp. So rinse all that nasty out and THEN add your leave-in.