Hey guys!! Wanna learn what co-wash exactly is?? Well, it is a fun technique and a life savior for curly and wavy heads out there. Read on, baby!!

Co-Washing and its benefits for your hair-- Learn how to Cowash

Co-washing is washing your hair with conditioner instead of the regular shampoo. It is simply the short form of Conditioner Washing. This technique doesn’t strip your hair of natural oils but removes excess oil and dirt. It lengthens the period between your shampooing sessions. Shampooing  very frequently makes your strands dry and all the natural oils produced by your scalp are sucked out by the evil shampoos, leaving your hair prone to damage and frizz. On the other hand, prolonging your shampoo sessions may make your roots oily by the middle of the week or so, depending on your hair type. Your hair may become dirty due to the pollution and dirt(Okay, only my dear fellow Indians can understand this problem), or your scalp becomes sweaty if you workout and I bet none of us want to walk out of the door with sweaty-smelling hair, do we?? Like this, there might be a zillion other reasons that make you want to shampoo very often, but, my dear dry hair ladies, I hear you!! Yes, I understand your struggle because I am one among you. We are left in a confusion whether to shampoo our hair very often or limit the shampooing sessions to once/twice a week.  Co-wash is an awesome bridge to fill in the gap and provides a solution to this dilemma.  Co-wash between your regular shampoo sessions  makes your hair bouncy and clean without stripping it. 

Co-washing and its benefits for your hair -- Learn how to cowash


Now, the question to co-wash?? All you need is your regular conditioner. Don’t opt for heavy, deep conditioners for this purpose because they will weigh your hair down and I am sure you don’t want that to happen!!  Just use it like your regular shampoo. However, don’t dilute it with water.


You might be doubting how does a conditioner clean your hair? Conditioners contain small amounts of detergents or catastrophic surfactants which are usually present in the shampoos. They mildly do the cleansing work without stripping much of the natural sebum. In fact, the hydrating properties of the conditioner leave your mane silky smooth.


Co-washing is excellent for curly or wavy hair types.. Naturally curly or wavy hair lacks moisture because the coil like structure of the hair strand makes it difficult for the sebum to travel towards the tips. So these moisture-craving hair types will love this magical technique. Co-washing may not be suitable for people with very oily hair type. The whole purpose of co-washing is to clean the excess oil produced by the scalp without using a shampoo too often, since shampoos can be extra drying for your hair. The amount of oil produced by normal and dry scalps in 2-3 days can be washed away with a conditioner, making this technique excellent for mid-week cleansing of such scalp types.  But oily scalps produce a whole lot of oil and the power of conditioners is not sufficient to cleanse away all the oil. This might lead to product buildup and cause scalp issues. On the other hand, it is greatly beneficial for the people with dry, itchy scalp as it calms the scalp by providing hydration.

Recently, I am facing this problem — I actually have a normal to slightly dry scalp, and I can easily go by skipping my shampoo for a week most of the times. But now-a-days, my scalp becomes oily within 2 days of shampooing, but my strands are dry. I totally get it! I believe this is what is happening to my hair — Previously, I use to comb my hair every day for at least 2-3 minutes, which ensured even distribution of oil from the roots to ends. But since 2 years, I have changed my hair styling routine a bit. I stopped combing my hair when it is dry–because, ya know– curly girl problems!! Though this method allows me to hold my curls in shape without being left with a poofy head, oils from my scalp are not being distributed to the ends efficiently like before. So the excess oil sits on my scalp and my scalp starts to get oily quicker than before, usually by the middle of the week!!  Can any one of you relate to me?? Let me know in the comments. For people in this situation, I swear guys, co-washing is a life savior!!


I personally use homemade DIY conditioners to co-wash(post coming soon, stay tuned!!) to co-wash, but on busy days, I love using Dessert Essence Lemon and Tea Tree Conditioner. This is my favorite because it is a light weight conditioner meant for oily hair and I found this works great in cleansing my scalp without weighing it down. In my experience, conditioners meant for oily hair work better for co-washing my hair than conditioners meant for dry hair. However, it can be different for different people. Experiment and find the conditioner that is best for you!!

There you go guys!! I hope you will fall in love with it just like me!!


  1. Cherish says:

    Wait, so which conditioners do you use? Do you use any products in your hair? What kind of hair did you have before cowashing?

    I go without washing 2-3 days then I must wash (or else my scalp gets itchy because I am an oil-producer). I switch between some Suave Essentials (it’s a green bottle) and Redken Clarifying, then I use BedhEad’s Oatmeal/Honey combo sometimes, too (um, hoarder here?).
    However, I use so much hairspray and pomade that if I didn’t wash with shampoo, I feel like my hair would be weighed down and oily (because I have had days where I went the oatmeal/honey route when I should have done the clarifying).

    • says:

      HI Cherish, as I said, co-washing is not for all. It might not suit people with very oily hair. Personally, I have dry hair and a normal to slightly dry scalp, and I can go by shampooing my hair once a week, if I comb it daily. If I don’t, then my scalp gets a bit oily and that’s when co-washing comes in help. I mostly use homemade conditioners to co-wash, but when in hurry, I use Dessert Essence Lemon and Tea tree conditioner. Also, I don’t apply any products on my hair after shampoo, except for a homemade hair gel and a leave in serum. When you apply a lot of products, then you must be using a shampoo to clean it up and avoid the product build up.Like you are doing, switching between moisturizing and clarifying shampoos is a great way. I would say, listen to your hair and see what it needs at that time. I usually wash my hair once a week with shampoo, clarify it with apple cider vinegar and use homemade conditioners to co-wash(post coming soon) every alternate days or once a week between the shampoo sessions. But on some weeks, I have to shampoo it twice a week, so I’d say listen to your hair 🙂

  2. Nimi says:

    You should apply conditioner 1inch away from your scalp. This is a common practice. Otherwise it causes dandruff. So when you co wash does that cause dandruff? Was just curious.

    • says:

      HI Nimi, no I never had a problem with Dandruff because of co-washing. Personally, I feel that people use conditioner 1 inch away from the scalp so it doesn’t weigh your roots down and you will have volume at the roots.Its never a one size fits all solution! It depends on your hair type too. Co-washing is not suitable for people with too oily scalp. The purpose of co-washing is to wash away the excess oil, without using shampoos, as shampoos can be extra drying to your hair. Normal and dry scalps don’t produce a lot of oil in 2-3 days and co-washing mid-week can wash off this oil without leaving any buildup. But, it is not the thing with oily scalps. The cleansing power of conditioners is not enough to wash off the excess oils on an oily scalp and when you co-wash such hair, it can lead to buildup and then may cause dandruff. Think it this way, your scalp already produces whole bunch of oil and on top of that, you are adding hydration by co-washing, when you are actually supposed to be clarifying your scalp. But for normal/dry scalps, it shouldn’t cause dandruff. In fact, it will actually help the dry, itchy scalps by giving them hydration, while keeping it clean. Hope it helped 🙂

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