It’s very easy to want to copy a Youtuber’s hair routine especially ones with long curl hair that looks perfect. I jumped on the trend to start co-washing my hair. So what is co-washing natural hair and is it even necessary?
What is co-washing?
Co-washing is using conditioner in place of shampoo. Doing this acts as a hydration and cleansing without striping natural hair. Usually this is beneficial for those who want a clean feeling without using a shampoo which might be too harsh for multiple times a week.
What are the benefits?
Easily available and decently priced, conditioner is everywhere and available for every budget which is perfect for a product being used weekly numerous times. Also, conditioner adds “slip” which means a decreased friction between the hair strands due to the coating of the product in the hair. Slip is important because without it, there is an increased chance of breakage or split ends.
Are there any cons to co-washing natural hair?
The main con would be completely replacing shampoo with co-washing. Strictly co-washing natural hair, especially the scalp, can cause irritation from the build up. Check out Shampoo 101 to read about buildup.
All in all, caowashing can be very beneficial is used sparingly. When I had a TWA, I faithfully alternated between Aussie Moist and As I Am co-wash, but have used other ways to combat dryness without needing to co-wash. Do you co-wash?