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How to Co-wash Your Hair: Tips and Tricks

Updated on August 15, 2012

Ahhhh.....co-washing. What's that you may ask? Well for startrers, it's washing your hair with ONLY conditioner. Sounds simple, huh? Not so much. co-washing is the type of thing that you have to experiment with before you get it just right. Thankfully for you, I have done all of the lab work and now I'm writing a blog to help you. Here are a few things I've discovered that work for me when I co-wash.

Choose products that work for you.

Obviously we all can't use the same things that others use and get the same results so go for products created for your hair type and what you usually worry about (frizz, volume, etc.) and apply those same concepts when you are choosing the product you want to use to wash your hair.

Use warm water to wash.

When you cowash your hair I can't express enough about how important it is to use warm water. Cold water will not get out all of the product. It will leave you with a film on your hair and take away from the shine. As I wash my hair with the conditiner the warm water helps keep the conditioner smooth enough for me to be able to massage my hair and scalp which is a very important factor when it comes to cowashing.

Condition after You cowash.

After thoroughly rinising the conditioner out of your hair you used to co-wash your hair condition as you normally would as if you had shampooed your hair. This is what I do when I co-wash. I believe it keeps my hair soft and shiny. It also seals the cuticle which is why in this step you should now rinse with cold water.

Take care when drying your hair.

When you dry your hair use a t-shirt or a towel that will be gentle on you hair (i.e. microfiber) and use the item to gently squezze the excess moisture out of your hair. Rubbing and being rough can cause more damage than it's worth. I like to use the plopping method to dry my hair.

Wash with regular shampoo as needed.

Cowashing is great but it does have its cons. One of them is than buldup can accumilate an your hair and scalp after several cowashings because although there is a small amount of detergent in conditioners it not enough to give you the full cleansing that a shampoo can give you. Shampoo you hair when you notice this and give it a good cleansing. I normally do this about twice a month.

Now that I've shared some of my cowashing secrets what are some tips you have?

Video Instruction for Plopping Your Hair by latina4u55 YouTube

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      smlbizmatters 5 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to read my hub! I hope you get back into cowashing soon. I normally alternate between it and a regular wash.

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      Kim Anne 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the reminder! I used to do this all the time and got out of the habit for some reason.

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      smlbizmatters 5 years ago

      I actually started doing this ever so often and it does make the hair softer and not so frizzy. It's a very awesome thing to do for your hair and you don't have to go to a professional to get it done.

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      Jules Gonzalez 5 years ago from From the Concrete Jungle to the Sunny Side of Me!

      I have done this a few times during shampoos to keep my hair from getting to dry and unmanageable. It does work!

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