How to co-wash
It’s important to note that co-washing isn’t just skipping your shampoo. It’s using your conditioner in the same way that you would typically use shampoo. Start by rinsing your hair with warm water. Then, massage a generous amount of conditioner into your hair from roots to ends -- just as you would with shampoo. Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers. The friction will help loosen residue and build up without stripping your hair. Rinse well.
Once you’ve rinsed out the conditioner, use conditioner again, but in the same way you would normally use it. Focus more on the ends of your hair and allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes before rinsing out.
Choose the right conditioner
Make sure to choose a conditioner without silicones. Silicones add shine to your hair, but cause build up and dryness over time and defeat part of the purpose of co-washing. If you choose to co-wash exclusively, you may consider “cleansing conditioners,” which are conditioners made specifically for co-washing. "Cleansing conditioners" are detergent-free and use emulsification agents to minimize residue build up without stripping hair.
How often should you co-wash?
There’s no one right way to co-wash, as long as it works for your hair. Some people use co-washing as a solution for post-gym hair when they need to cleanse their hair of sweat. Some people co-wash between weekly or bi-weekly shampoos. Some people have sworn off shampoo permanently and use co-washing exclusively (but we don't recommend this).
If you choose to co-wash, make sure you choose an appropriate conditioner that nourishes and treats your hair, and rinses cleanly. Good luck!
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