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Things You Should Know Before Co-Washing Your Hair

Amita Ray
The benefits of co-washing or conditioner-washing hair can be numerous! Here's the information to the rescue with all that you need to know about co-washing hair the right way.

This Might Help!

To remove the conditioner thoroughly from your hair, you can rinse it with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water (1:1). The vinegar is strong enough to cut through the conditioner and is gentle to your hair at the same time.
Just because you want to wash your hair with shampoo almost everyday doesn't mean that you should! Especially if you have really dry, frizzy, rough, and brittle hair. Co-washing might just be what you need! It may not only be ideal for just African-American hair, but also be the saving grace of all those who suffer from frizzy hair.
Co-washing basically means to wash your hair with a conditioner without the use of shampoos to do the same. Although it may be beneficial, a lot of women do not know the right way to go about it. This method is really simple but has some really big no-nos.
Initially, you might have to experiment with the right kind of conditioner that may suit you and also the number of times you may have to co-wash your hair in a week. Ultimately, it all comes down to maintaining the right balance of natural oils in your hair and scalp.

Benefits of Co-washing Hair

Constant washing with shampoos may strip your hair off its naturals oils and make them dry and rough to touch. Although, in most cases, applying a conditioner after a wash might help; in really dry hair or African-American hair, it might not be of much help. This is when co-washing may come to your rescue!
● It helps to maintain your hair's natural oils keeping it soft and smooth.

● It is less harmful than shampoos and can be used more frequently.

● It can maintain the moisture in your hair and scalp, and prevent breakage of hair.
● It helps in defining your curls, giving them the pretty spiral look that you've always longed for.

● With the help of certain natural products, like coconut oil, it promotes a speedy growth of hair.

Before you begin, in order to get really gorgeous hair, you need to keep the following things in mind.

Choose Your Conditioner Well

It is really important that you find a conditioner that suits your hair best. It might be a bit of a trial and error before you find your perfect match!
You should look for the following things while buying a conditioner
● Silicone is a 'NO-NO' in the co-washing regime so, check the label for ingredients that end with 'one' and stay away from them.

● Do not, we repeat, do not use a deep conditioner, a protein conditioner, or an intense mask for co-washing (it is not that these conditioners are bad, it is just that we're looking for something else altogether).
● It would be wise to go for a lightweight water-based conditioner so that it can be washed out easily.

● If you're a naturalist, you can choose certain natural products like coconut oil or shea butter in place of a conditioner.
● Lastly, you're gonna require a lot of conditioner, so unless you really want to burn a bigger hole in your pocket, it is advisable to go for an inexpensive lightweight moisturizing conditioner.

Say No to a 'Poo-free' Regime

Even if you're using a cleansing conditioner, it cannot remove the dirt and excess oil from your scalp and hair completely. Actually, conditioners makes dirt stick to your hair, making it dull. It may also make your scalp itchy and may do more damage than good.
● For a successful co-washing treatment, it is essential that you wash you hair with shampoo at least once a week.

● It is, however, important that you choose a shampoo without sulfates in it.

You Do Not Need to Co-wash Everyday

● Frankly, co-washing your hair may damage it! It is important that you understand the balance of natural oils in your hair, and opt for the treatment only when your hair feels dried out.

● For most women, co-washing thrice a week may suffice; feel free to increase or decrease the number of washes according to what suits you best!

Disadvantages of Co-washing Your Hair

● As good as it may sound, this treatment is, however, not very helpful for all hair types, especially for those with oily hair.

● It might not be very helpful for those with over-processed hair or with hair that is thinning already.
● As conditioners soften your hair, African and American hair tend to get a bit weaker with this treatment.

● This process is a bit time-consuming, so you'll need a little patience to get through with it.

Steps to Co-wash Hair

The process of co-washing your hair is fairly simply; just a few steps for a few days and BAM! You've got gorgeous hair.

1. Wet your hair thoroughly, this makes it easier for the conditioner to spread on the surface of the hair.

2. Put some conditioner into your palm and rub it into your hair; start from the bottom and make your way up.
3. Work the conditioner into your hair in a downward motion.

4. If you have really thick hair, part your hair into workable sections.

5. You can apply some more conditioner to the tips of your hair as they tend to be the driest.

6. Using a wide tooth comb, comb through each section of your hair.
7. Don't forget to massage your scalp gently with your fingers to stimulate your hair follicles and moisturize your scalp at the same time.

8. Rinse the conditioner off completely, this might take one or two rinses (so please be a bit patient).

9. Repeat the process if your hair still feels a bit dry.

10. Towel dry your hair instead of blow drying.
Be it African-American, curly, or straight hair, try co-washing it for a too-good-to-be-true smooth and ultra-soft feel!