Co-washing stands for ‘conditioner washing’ and it means washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo.
Curly, kinky and textured hair is generally quite dry and co-washing is a way to avoid using shampoos, which can strip your hair and scalp of natural oils. Conditioners already have gentle cleansers and can be used as a substitute for shampoo. This is a way to keep your hair hydrated and moisturised.
- Swap your shampoo for conditioner. Use normal rinse-out conditioners and not hair masks or treatments.
- Look out for conditioners that are free from silicones. Silicones aren’t water soluble and can create build up on your scalp if not cleansed correctly. Check the ingredients on the back of the bottle. Anything that ends in -cone, is a silicone.
- If you use heavy gels, oil moisturisers or hair food, cleanse your scalp with a sulphate-free shampoo once a month to get rid of any build-up.
Try these products:
Aussie Moist Conditioner
TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Alberto V05 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream conditioner
Co-washing might not be for everyone. If you have a scalp condition, its best to consult your dermatologist first.