A lot of newly natural girls always give me a weird look when I tell them I wash my hair with conditioner:
“So no shampoo?” “Well, I only shampoo my hair once a month but I co-wash my hair weekly.” “You what?”
Co-washing is simply just washing your hair with conditioner. Typically, women with natural hair co-wash faithfully but co-washing can be open to anyone, no matter their hair type or texture. Conditioner has a handful of cleansing agents that can be found in shampoos. I co-wash my hair because it helps restore moisture in my hair more so than a shampoo ever could. My hair after a weekly habit of co-washing is smoother, softer, and more manageable.
Now, I will say that I still shampoo my hair. I do believe that there are more cleansing agents in a shampoo that’s not in a conditioner. But when I do use a shampoo, I use a shampoo sulfrate-free. Most shampoos usually are labeled “sulfrate-free” on the front of the packaging. Sulrates are the ingredients that strip your hair of its natural oils, taking moisture away.
When it comes to knowing what makes a great conditioner for co-washing, look for these key ingredients for the best results:
- cetyl alcohol
- aloe vera
- proteins (unless your hair is protein-sensitive)
- fatty alcohols
- sodium PCA
- hyaluronic acid
- cetearyl alcohol
**I also would like to add that I’m not a natural hair expert. This list was compiled from my own research. Find a conditioner that works for you. The ingredients listed above are ingredients that work best for my hair.
Get to washing! 🙂