I have yet to try the co-wash but according to the interwebs, too much shampooing can be bad for the hair, so here’s a brief tutorial on the alternative that many naturalistas have adopted- the co-wash.
The co-wash, also know as the no-poo wash, is where instead of using shampoo, a conditioner is used to cleans the hair. According to cocoandcreme.com, it is good and benefitial to co-wash because, “Cleansing the hair with conditioner can loosen dirt, dead skin and any other residue while not stripping oil and other nutrients from hair.” Many naturals co-wash regularly and then shampoo more sporadically. Some shampoo every week or every couple of weeks while co-washing more regularly.
Anyway, here’s how to co-wash your hair properly,
1. Wet hair with warm water
2. Separate hair into four sections and saturate each section with conditioner.
3. Using your fingertips massage the conditioner into your scalp and work it from root to tip. Focus on covering the ends of your hair.
4. Let conditioner sit for a few minutes.
5. Rinse thoroughly.
6. Apply leave-in conditioner and style as usual.
Finding your own personal routine can take time, but after a few consistent no-poo washes (another term for a co-wash meaning no shampoo), you’ll feel a difference in the softness and strength of your hair.
Do you co-wash? Let us know how it has worked for you!