Co-washing is simply using conditioner instead of shampoo to wash the hair. Instead of the heavy-duty stripping that shampoo can do, your strands are left soft and moist. If you are a frequent exerciser like Tressbuzz, co-washing is probably your BFF. It allows you to clean away all the drying sodium while leaving the hair moisturized and flowing. These are some simple guidelines to follow for those just starting out with co-washing. Once you have the basics down you can begin tweaking your methods and formulas.
1. Throw a co-wash into your regimen mid-week. It does much to re-moisturize dry hair and soften new growth.
2. Do not co-wash frequently with a protein-based conditioner. This will lead to hard hair and unsuccessful cowashes. Choose a moisturizing conditioner free of protein for softest results.
3. Wet hair thoroughly with very warm water prior to applying conditioner. This opens the cuticle to receive the emollients and nutrients.
4. After wetting hair, apply conditioner as the first thing you do in shower. This will give it time to go to work as you finish showering. Apply to ends first then work your way toward the roots.
5. Gently massage the conditioner throughout the hair to loosen dirt and debris. Do not pile the hair on top of the head and scrub away at it - this will cause tangles and knots.
6. Add in a quick scalp massage. It invigorates the hair follicles and promotes growth.
7. Once hair is saturated with conditioner put a plastic cap on and continue your other tasks such as shaving, loofah, brushing your teeth, etc.
8. Rinsing the conditioner out should be the last thing that you do. Try a slightly cooler rinse to seal in moisture and shine.
9. For super-dry tresses add back in a tiny amount of moisturizing conditioner, focusing on ends.
10. For maximum moisture retention, moisturize and seal in-shower. This seals in the most moisture and nutrients before they have a chance to evaporate away.