Tuesday, November 24, 2009

All about Co-Washing

Co-washing is a great way to rehydrate thirsty hair and scalp. The term "co-wash" is short for "conditioner wash." The process involves simply cleansing your hair with a moisturizing conditioner, instead of shampoo that contains chemicals that can be overly drying to your hair. A moisturizing co-wash is beneficial because conditioners contain small amounts of detergent that cleanse the hair and scalp, but also restores moisture as it cleans.

African Americans find the most advantages from co-washing since kinky or curly hair tends to be naturally dryer than straight hair.

Just about any moisturizing conditioner is co-wash worthy. The key is "moisturizing." Grabbing a protein conditioner may not be the best idea for co-washing, since protein conditioners focus more on strengthening than moisturizing. The plan behind co-washing is to add moisture. Too much protein can have the opposite effect causing hair to become hard and dry.

Many people like to take advantage of using cheaper conditioners for co-washes, because the benefits are just as rewarding without over spending. A few cheapies include VO5, Suave and Herbal Essence.

How often you choose to co-wash is up to you. You may find that you only need to co-wash when your hair feels dryer than normal. For some people that can be everyday, once a week, or once a month. Everyone's hair is different, and it may take more or less to improve the amount of moisture in your hair than someone else's.
Although co-washing is a great way to improve moisture, be mindful of moisture overload. There is such a thing as "too much moisture." If your hair begins to feel mushy or extra stretchy when wet, you may need to co-wash less often.

It is important to remember if you co-wash frequently to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month in order to remove any extra buildup on your hair and scalp from your conditioner.

Remember, adequate moisture in hair means less tangles, less breakage, and stronger healthier hair. If you are looking for a way to restore the moisture in your hair, try co-washing a few times and see how your hair reacts. It may be exactly what your hair has been waiting for!