From time to time, you’ll get a buzz about co-washing and why it’s better than the shampoo wash? In a prior posting, I made mention of the two types of washes. So be sure to read that and refer back to this one that will deal with Co-washing.
This is my personal favorite way to wash my hair! Its great…softness and cleanliness in one step..For this make sure to use a moisturizing conditioner..I can’t say which is the best because there are many and since everyone’s hair is different, it’s up to you to decide for sure. However the benefits of using this method is that, it is much less stressful on the hair, it does the job and it really saves money..
The number one mistake people make is to think that, in order for the hair to be clean, there has to be suds. This is a big fallacy. You can get the hair very clean and it doesn’t require suds. Even Wen Hair Care is now on that line of thinking, clean hair via a conditioner wash. If you’ve read on Ayurveda then you know it also has no suds involved and is also a very great cleanser. In fact, I combine both. I use the tea of the ayurvedic mix to wash, and then do I nice conditioner wash and deep conditioning, and that seems to work great.
So why Co-wash?
- It does not strip the hair like shampoos, because it doesn’t containt harmful ingredients such as Sodium Laryl Sulfates, or any stripping Sulfates for that matter.
- A conditioner is meant to add moisture to the hair. And everyone knows that our hair type requires moisture. So why not give it what it needs, more moisture, while still getting the benefits of a clean scalp?
- Co-washing saves money, conditioners usually cost less than the shampoo, and you usually use less of it because it’s so thick. For co-washing, you don’t want to pull out your most expensive conditioner, rather you can use a good cheap brand like Sauve Tropical Coconut, VO5 Moisture Milks, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, or etc.
How do you co-wash?
Separate your hair into anywhere from 4 sections to 16 sections. Apply the conditioner from root to tip, section by section, and twist each section after the conditioner has been applied.
Now that you have applied the conditioner to the full head, gently the scalp ensuring its clean. Next rinse section by section. I tend to detangle while the is in, because this makes it easier for the next step. After you have rinsed, apply a good deep conditioner to you hair again in those sections and let sit for about 15 to 30 mins under a shower cap. After the time slot is up, remove the shower cap and detangle (final detangle) section by section. Rinse once more in the sections..Then style as you normally would…Or for even more hair protection:
After the washing, cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag..Then section by section comb it. I usually do this, apply my oils (castor/olive or jojoba) to my hair, some infusium 23 leave in (not a lot), and then my Cantu Shea butter (like a dime size or smaller), comb out, then style. The reason I use the bag/cap is to keep those areas moist while I am not tending to them.
Stay Blessed and Afroniquely You!