The Benefits of Co-Washing – Curly Hair 101

Co-washing may be a new term for many of you but it’s not a new technique. Co-washing is short for conditioner washing which means instead of washing your hair with shampoo and following it up with conditioner, you skip the shampoo step altogether and just wash your hair with conditioner. As a curly girl with multi-textured tresses, I have been utilizing this technique for years now and the results have been astounding!

One of the reasons I love co-washing is because it allows me to keep my curls clean and hydrated without having to wash my hair with shampoo on a daily basis. The problem with curly girls shampooing their hair every day is that you are stripping your hair of its natural oils which can lead to damage, breakage and extreme dryness.

As someone who works out on a daily basis, co-washing is the answer to ridding hair of sweat, dirt and product build-up. After a grueling workout, the idea of going to bed with a head full of sweaty, dirty hair is not an option. Usually what I do is rinse my hair and apply a light coating of conditioner. I let the conditioner soak into the hair while I finish showering. After a good five minutes or so, I wash out the conditioner,  gently detangle my curls with a wide tooth comb and let my hair air dry before heading to sleep.

If you have never tried co-washing, trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Not only is my hair healthy and shiny, it’s super strong and growing like weeds. I only shampoo my hair once a week and I typically use sulfate-free shampoos when I do wash. Curly hair is fragile, chronically dry hair which means you need to consistently maintain your moisture and hydration levels while limiting the amount of product build-up, sweat and dirt that accumulates in your hair.

Another great benefit of co-washing is the moisturization of your scalp. As we all know, a healthy scalp is the foundation of beautiful hair. A dry, irritated scalp will lead to damaged hair follicles and breakage. As you nourish your hair with conditioner, you are also softening and hydrating your scalp.

Co-washing is my healthy hair care secret and now it can be yours too!

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Published on: October 11, 2012

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3 Responses to The Benefits of Co-Washing – Curly Hair 101

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  2. Team Natural says:

    I stopped shampooing my hair so much because it was stripping my hair. I started co-washing more and now i see a big difference in moisture.

  3. counterculture says:

    Yes, it makes an amazing difference right? Those of us with curly, frizzy and coarse or kinky hair need to maintain as much natural moisture as possible. Washing your hair with traditional shampoos on a daily basis will only deplete the hair of the much-needed moisture and cause you to endure breakage and other issues. Co-washing is the way to go – you will definitely see the benefits of healthier, stronger hair in the end.

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