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 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.
HOW TO CO-WASH?
Now, the question is..how 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.
WHY CO-WASHING WORKS?
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.
WHICH HAIR TYPES CO-WASHING IS GOOD FOR?
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!!
WHAT PRODUCTS DO I USE FOR CO-WASHING?
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!!