Co-washing is a staple technique for many Naturals. It’s one of the first things I learned while on my quest for maintaining healthy, happy natural hair. Water; it’s essential for life and extremely essential for healthy natural hair. It’s the cheapest and easiest moisturizer and natural hair loves it. Combine water with conditioner and you’ve got the perfect combination for moisturizing our hair.
Co-washing your hair is the same as washing with Shampoo but replaced with conditioner. Since I’ve started the Curly Girl Method (CGM) I only use botanical conditioners.
Botanicals should contain high concentrations of plant-based ingredients such as mint, lemongrass, and rosemary. They will help maintain a photoprotective shield around hair shafts.
Shampoo is deeply cleansing the hair and can harm and strip the hair of essential oils. Shampooing too often is actually not good for our hair. Co-washing can cut down on how often a Natural needs to shampoo and since it mildly cleanses the hair, some Naturals have stopped using shampoo altogether.
I jump in the shower and allow the water to penetrate my hair thoroughly. I run my fingers through my hair as the water runs through to help eliminating tangles. Allow the water to work FOR YOU. I apply my cowashing conditioner, AS I AM Coconut Cowash. Amount? About the size of a gumball for each section. (Now that my hair has gotten longer and thicker, I MUST section my hair so I make four sections.) On some days, I will add the size of a golf ball but you really can’t go wrong with being generous as long as it has slip. Using your finger pads rub your scalp to help remove build up and/or dirt. After I hit the scalp, I finger comb the conditioner through my hair strands. Some Naturals use a wide tooth comb but the object is to remove tangles, coat the hair and cleanse the scalp and hair. You want conditioners with slip, emollients, humectants and moisturizers.
SINCE THIS IS A CLEANSING CONDITIONER IT MUST BE RINSED OUT COMPLETELY JUST LIKE A SHAMPOO. If using a regular conditioner you can keep in.
Michelle LilReds Burrell says
I love to co-wash especially with As I Am Coconut cowash. I also like to use Pantene’s cowash as well. It has great slip and makes your hair feel soft and moisturized.