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Do you co-wash?

More and more people have started talking about the new trend of co-washing, or conditioner washing. This is the method of washing your hair without the use of shampoo and only using conditioner. This method is best for those who have naturally dry, unmanageable and frizzy, or over processed hair. Co-washing is amazing for anyone with coarse, tight curly hair, its a great way to keep hair moisturized and healthy.

Co-washing can be difficult if your not sure if you are using the right product with the right washing technique. Co-washing can be done along with a regular washing routine once or twice a week halfway between shampoos, or it can be used in place of shampooing.

How to co-wash…

When first beginning to co-wash your hair, be aware if your hair begins to feel sticky or heavy, you may need to use a shampoo and really cleanse the scalp and hair from product buildup. Before co-washing, soak your hair well, then take a generous amount of conditioner and use the pads of your fingertips and start to massage your scalp as you would do with regular shampoo. It takes longer to make conditioner turn into foamy texture, so be ready to use up to 3 oz. of product for just one wash. When the conditioner has turned into foam, massage your scalp and hair like with regular shampoo, and then rinse well.

Why does conditioner work like shampoo you ask?

All conditioners contain lathering agents, but you need to use lots of product in order for it to be effective.  Shampoos can have about 10% of a detergent which is a powerful degreaser and literally strip the oil from hair and can cause over dryness. Conditioners consist of different types detergents, which have the tendency to stick to the hair where they provide a smoother surface of hair cuticle. Those conditioners which have ingredients like Cetrimonium Chloride or Distearyldimonium Chloride are great for co-washing, because these ingredients have the ability to cleanse the hair.

Co-washing is less damaging, less exposure to chemicals, and may work better to keep your hair clean and healthy, but we all have different hair types and need to alter our approach accordingly.  To find the conditioner that will work best for you, try a few travel size products and ask your stylist for recommendations!

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