If you’re a new natural, you probably have no clue what co-washing is which is perfectly fine. When I first became natural I had no clue as to what that was until I started learning more about natural hair through YouTube and my stepmother.
So what is co-washing? Co-washing is simply washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner in place of a shampoo. This is recommended for anyone with coarse, curly, coily hair because our hair especially needs to retain moisture. I only shampoo my hair every other week or once a month but I co-wash my hair once a week. Shampoo should be done in moderation when it comes to natural hair because it strips your hair’s natural oils that keep it moisturized.
When looking for a conditioner to use for co-washing, you should look at the ingredients on the back. The ingredients you should avoid in conditioners: sulfate, petroleum, mineral oil, chlorine, any alcohol substance, glycol. These ingredients won’t allow your hair to reach its maximum moisture.
On my YouTube channel, I’ll post a video of me going through my co-washing routine but the main idea is that you wash your hair with the conditioner as you would if you were using shampoo. While I co-wash, I take that time to detangle my hair. It’s so much easier for me to detangle my hair with while it’s wet with conditioner instead of doing it with dry hair.
That’s why it’s important to me to have a conditioner that has slip which means that the conditioner makes it easy for me to comb through my hair. I usually finger detangle or detangle with a wide tooth comb when I co-wash my hair. I split my hair up into four sections, two-strand twist them and detangle each section one by one and twist each section back up.
My favorite conditioner to use for co-washing is Tresemme Naturals. It leaves my hair so soft and moisturized. It also makes my hair feel clean after I wash it.
Co-washing, I feel is essential to keeping moisture in your hair and it will always be a part of my wash regimen.