WHAT IS CO-WASHING?
Short for conditioner washing, co-washing is the latest haircare craze. Basically, it involves washing your hair with just conditioner as opposed to shampooing and is meant to be a godsend for curly haired girls like myself. As curly & textured hair tends to be considerably drier than other hair types the moisturising properties of conditioner are perfect for us. Regular co-washing can help to nourish your curls and even help to prevent split ends.
HOW DO I DO IT?
Co-washing is pretty simple, just make sure your hair is thoroughly soaked before applying your chosen conditioner – you’ll also need to make sure that your hair is absolutely covered in it too. After applying massage your scalp with your fingertips to remove any residue and then detangle with a wide tooth comb. Rinse the first lot of conditioner and then apply a bit more to your hair then leave for a few minutes. Rinse the final lot of conditioner out (using cold water here is a good tip!) then pat your hair dry and style as usual.
Any conditioner will do, however co-washing has now become so popular that you can actually get specialist cleansing conditioners to help remove any build up at your roots. Do this as often as you feel necessary, and feel free to alternate with a “normal” wash.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
As I mentioned earlier, the nourishing properties of conditioners are a saviour for dry and damaged hair. I find co-washing really helpful in making the colour in my hair last a lot longer without fading as well as helping to reduce my frizz. I personally feel that my hair dries quicker and is a bit more “tamed” without me having to put in as much effort.
WILL IT ACTUALLY WORK?
Based on personal experience alone – yes. I’m really happy that I discovered co-washing as it has been fantastic for my hair. It feels like it’s in a lot better condition now and my colour stays in considerably longer (less money spent on hair dye!). My only issue with it is that I feel like my hair needs to be washed a bit more often when using this method, however that’s nothing a good dry shampoo can’t help with. I find that co-washing every second day and using a clarifying shampoo (I Love Juicy from Lush if you’re interested!) once a week. I do use a lot of conditioner so I don’t think I can afford to keep up this routine for much longer and may instead swap to co-washing just once a week but I can’t imagine not doing it anymore – it’s worked wonders for my hair!
Do you co-wash? How do you find it? I’d love to hear some more people’s experiences with it!