CoWashing, or washing your hair with just conditioner has so many benefits – especially for curly haired ladies. This method of hair cleansing allows your body’s natural oils to do their intended job without the interruption of traditional shampoos.
I have a confession to make, you guys: I haven’t washed my hair since a few days after Thanksgiving. Well, I haven’t used shampoo, at least. Have you ever heard of CoWashing? It’s the process of quitting the use of shampoo and washing your hair with just conditioner. Believe it or not, most conditioners contain a few cleaners and are abrasive enough to gently clean your hair without stripping it of the natural oils our body creates to protect your hair
In the past, I’ve dabbled with the idea of going “No-Poo” which is typically considered stopping all shampoo and conditioner, often using an ACV and baking soda mix as a replacement. But a lot of people (at least, from what I’ve read) have had poor long-term results, such as weak, limp, and damaged hair. No thanks.
So instead, I tried CoWashing and I have completely fallen in love. Interested? Keep reading.
How to CoWash Your Hair:
- Wet your hair in the shower as usual. Put a good amount (I use about a handful.) in your hand, and begin coating your scalp with the conditioner. Since it doesn’t foam, I usually do this in sections, more or less.
- Once your scalp is coated, scrub the conditioner in with your fingertips, paying extra attention to your ‘greasy’ spots – for me, it’s my crown and back of my head/under my hair. If you want, coat the ends with conditioner as normal and continue with your shower. I don’t bother coating my ends anymore, really.
- Wash out the conditioner. Make sure to use warm water. You may be used using cold water to leave a little bit of moisture from the conditioner on your ends, but you want to make sure you melt and wash out all of the conditioner you can.
- You’re done! Style your hair as normal.
-Make sure your conditioner and any products you use for styling do not contain silicone. This needs soap to be broken down, so it will just build up in your locks.
-You don’t have to buy super expensive conditioner. I used to use fancy organic shampoo and conditioner, but now I use a random Herbal Essences one. It smells yummy and it’s about $3.00. Since you’ll be using more, you won’t want to be spending $10+ on a bottle of conditioner.
-Some people report having a period of greasiness before their body regulates itself. I never had this problem since I was only washing my hair about once a week when I cut it out. Your body needs to re-learn the proper amount of natural oil to release since it was over compensating earlier as each shampoo stripped the oil from your scalp.
-After I shower and towel dry, I usually take the top half and put it into a loose bun for an hour or so. That way I’m not playing with it and it creates some volume.
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Benefits of CoWashing: (that I’ve seen)
- A lot less knots. And what knots I do have come out so much easier. I have thick, curly hair so this is a HUGE win.
- Less frizz!
- Less greasiness.
- Curls maintaining their shape longer.
- Less product used. Which is awesome because products be expensive.
All in all, I’m totally obsessed and I see myself doing this for a very long time. I’ll be sure to update this post in the future, though, if anything changes.
So tell me – have you ever heard of CoWashing? Would you ever try it out? Let me know in the comments!
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