Monday, November 16, 2015

Natural Hair Chronicles: Co-wash vs. Shampoo? What's the Difference Between The Two?

For most naturalistas, deciding to embark on a natural hair journey can be quite daunting There is so much to learn and master to get your mane to behave the way you want it to. My living encyclopedia is my sister Erica, she gives me the low down on everything I need to know about taking care of my hair. A few weeks ago baby sis introduced me to the concept of co-washing.

The first thought that crossed my mind as she was giving me the scoop was "ummmm what the heck is co-washing?"

According to Real Simple 'co-washing is short for "conditioner - only washing". It means skipping the shampoo and relying on conditioner, whether you're a daily or weekly washer.'


Erica swears by it and she told me that she loves to co-wash once a week to restore the moisture in her locs. 'I co-wash to bring my curls back to life because they lose their luster from all the product build up in my hair. Most importantly I use it to cleanse my hair without stripping down all my natural oils" she says.

This year my focus is to grow and strengthen my hair so co-wash sounds like a viable option. So here's how to co-wash your hair:

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly
  2. Put a liberal amount of conditioner into the palm of your hand and distribute throughout the hair
  3. Work the product though your hair and massage the scalp as you would a conventional shampoo
  4. If time permits, sit under the dryer with a plastic cap for deep conditioning
  5. Rinse well with cool water
  6. Repeat the process only if you still have product in your hair or need to further scalp cleanse
Co-washing is not for everyone.

So make sure you read up about the benefits and disadvantages of using this method. Check  out this article and make sure you read this one too.

Ladies do you co-wash your hair? Or do you use shampoo?


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