What is co-washing
Co-washing is a method of cleansing the hair and scalp. It is a refresher and a good moisture boost. Plus, you can do it all year round.
You can use any conditioner, usually it is a moisturising one but can be protein just depends on what your hair needs. I’m currently using a Poundland brand Nutrafix Argan Oil Conditioner. The ingredients were impressive.
Pro Tip – In Hair Care the most important ingredients are the first 5. Why? because the from the first ingredients downwards is in decending order. Therefore I pay more attention to the first five as those are the largest quantities and if there’s any protein in the product.
First 5 ingredients
Aqua – water is usually the first ingredient in hair products.
Cetearyl Alcohol – This is used as an emollient (moisturising) and conditioner. This would generally be in the first 5 of conditioners and considered the backbone.
Cetrimonium Chloride – Used for smoothing and detangling the hair
Panthenol – is a form of Vitamin B5, and is used as a moisturiser and lubricating compound.
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan oil) – Makes hair softer, silkier and shinier. Helps to treat split ends and tames fizzy hair
I judge a conditioner by three things.
Cleansing ability – I pay attention to does it strip my scalp and hair.
Slip – once the conditioner is on my hair does it allow me to detangle easily at the very least with my fingers without breakage.
Moisture – the optimum condition of my hair is juicy, moist and maintain elasticity. Does it meet that?
This conditioner was meh for me. It cleansed well, slip and moisture were mediocre. Having a conditioner with slip makes a conditioner multi-purpose. Let’s say you have taken out braids this conditioner would be on of the first things I would reach for. I will finish the bottle and will try the others – Jojoba, and Coconut Milk.
I need more moisture and of that because I will give this 3/5 stars.
Why Co-wash relaxed hair?
It seems like a lot to co-wash and have a wash day once a week but for me, it has worked out well. This summer, these co-wash sessions have been a great addition cos frankly I do not have the time to fight with my hair on something else. *side-eye*
Years ago I would co-wash twice a week, right after I had played sports as my scalp sweats A LOT and the sweat had a tendency to make my hair dry. So, in comes co-washing to save the day.
How to Co wash relaxed hair?
There are two methods of co-washing. The first is using the conditioner, in the same way, a shampoo is used. Wet your hair then apply the conditioner to the scalp and the strands. Then deep condition as normal and apply a leave in.
The second and my favourite method is as follows:
Step 1 – I start the process of parting my hair in halves then 3 sections in each half. I have a mixture of my staple deep conditioner(s) and oils. [see them on My Relaxed Hair Regimen page] I apply the deep conditioner to my dry (and dirty hair). I do this because my strands will soak up the conditioner better.
Step 2 – I go under the steamer for 25 mins to allow the conditioner to soak in. Then I rinse.
Step 3 – I apply a conditioner, in this case, it is Nutrafix Argan Oil I rub it in – with my finger pads – to my scalp and hair strands as it was feeling extra dry. I do this process twice. Then rinse.
Step 4 – I tee shirt dry (i don’t use a towel as they are abrasive) to soak up the excess water (instead of a towel) for 30 mins. I apply my leave ins. My Relaxed Hair Regimen.
Co-washing is a life saver for me and anyone that wants that extra boost. Yes, it’s another day of handling your hair but I say give your self 2 months and monitor how you hair responds. Trust me in the warmer months you won’t regret it. Winter might be tougher. That just depends on where you live in the world.
Do you co-wash? or will you be trying? If you do co-wash what’s your conditioner favourite to use?
I have never done this or heard of this, but it sounds like it would definitely give an extra boost of moisture.
It is pretty new and it has loads of other lines. Give them a try.
I love this product! I currently use it and so does my sister!
It is so worth the money.
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thanks, appreciate it.
I love this brand! I have the coconut and tea tree oil one! I’ll have to give this a try as well. My hair does need help.
They’re so cheap and worth a good try. I’ll check the ones you’ve mentioned.
My hair is in dire need of moisture. It is inherently straw-like and dry just like my mom’s hair. I love hair products that contain argan oil and have to give this product a try. Thanks for explaining ‘co-washing,’ I had heard of it and never really understood what it was or how it worked.
Have a great rest of the week!
ahh you’re welcome lovely. My hair went through a stage of being very dry so I know it can be frustrating. For me, it was my methods and products. When you do find that happy medium, you’ll have a new lease of life.
My hair is very dry. I need to try just washing with conditioner
I can help, maybe start off with a light conditioner and go from there.
Argan oil is like magic! I love using it.
I love using oil in my hair it helps me loads.
I’ve actually never heard of co-washing! It sounds like it works great!
Definitely does for me. Glad I could help.
This is informative. Great tip about the first five ingredients. Thanks for sharing.
It’s helped me loads. When Argan oil was hot in products it stopped me from buying products that weren’t gonna help.
I’ve tried low shampooing but never co-washing! I would be curious to give the method a try.
Might be worth a try with a lighter conditioner. could help.
I would say that co-washing is really effective. I have dried ends due to frequent dyeing. And this one, really, is a life saver.
I had the same issue when I coloured my hair. Loved the colour but the maintenance was stress. Co-washing and protein treatments helped me
Oh, thanks for the tip. Maybe, I wouldtry protein treatments too. Thanks a lot!
you’re welcome. Figuring out my hair took a while so if i can pass on nuggets i will.
O my gosh I had no idea what co-washing was when I started reading! This was really interesting and gave me a good tip for what to look for when I buy my conditioner. Mines always try but my roots are super oily :S
On those days where i’m having a very dry hair day after playing sports, this is my pick me up. you just got me googling what you have to deal with as i never heard of it before. I knew oil is produce naturally and when your scalpl is dry it over produces oil. Apparently what you would need to do is use a oil contorlling shampoo. ALso “multi mask” your hair. Crazy right? a clay prepoo (before you shampoo) then add a hydrating deep coniditoner on your ends. It makes sense as your skin acts the same way. The human body is mad.
These are some great tips! My daughter has very dry hair here in Texas, I will have to try some of these ideas on her. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. It has helped me so much. I hope it helps your daughter too.
I co-wash both my son’s and my hair. We use the method that we found on Curly girls facebook group. It’s incredible how co-washing has saved our curls!
AHh, another co-washer. It can be a revelation for some and glad it has helped you as much as me.
Finding the right conditioner for your hair isn’t always easy. I’m always looking for ways to make pampering fun for me. Thanks for sharing your tips.
You’re so right. I have had that problem with a lot of different products. It can be expensive.
I’ve never heard about that product and your hair washing method but it’s worth to try because my hair need refresher and a moisture boost
Glad you liked it. It might be worth it.
Wow, interesting finding. I never heard of this but I’m so willing to try this out. Will def. have to check this out. Thx for recommendation.
You’re welcome lovely. It’s worth a try 🙂
SO interesting! I had no idea the first 5 ingredients where the most potent!
I know right. When I found out it helped me not wasting money on miracle products.
Do you add heat to it in the morning? I usually wrap my hair before bed. If I wrap it after the leave in step, will it still fall how its supposed to in the morning woth out heat?
Hey Sheyanne, sorry for the delay on this, I missed your question. I only apply heat when I relax my hair – which is every 3 months – I moisturise and seal at night then sleep with a satin scarf and pillowcase. The scarf would keep my edges smooth.If wrapping after the leave-in step,it depends on your hair length and how many weeks post you are. For example, MANY years ago I had short hair cut. I’d wrapped it with a leave-in and a foam, using a blow drier cap and the morning i’d have straight her to curl with my tongs. In your case I would use wrap as normal, I would use a leave-in and foam too to help, you can get good ones without alcohol (very drying) in them, not sure of any myself. i think Camille rose has one. Then use a blow drier on cool air for about 30-45 minutes then sleep on it. The drying with a cap is less damaging along with the cool air. How do you style your hair normally? [apologies for the long message, complicated to explain]