What Is This Co-Washing Thing?

Is CO-Washing for YOU?

Am I the last person in the world to seriously try co-washing before?  I had sort of heard of co-washing, but became extremely intrigued when it popped in my email in-box last week. Needless to say, I opened the email and became obsessed, started googling everything about it in order to check it out this past week. Apparently the idea of co-washing is to basically riding the hair of shampoo and solely relying on conditioner to cleanse and clarify the hair. I thought to myself can it be true? I for one wish I could pay someone to wash, massage and dry my hair. Simple and plain, I be L-A-Z-Y! Interesting concept, huh? Well lets dive into the details to see if co-washing is something for you!

What is Co-Washing? Co-Washing is a concept that was originally intended for all ladies with curly hair. A practice that is supposed to help soothe, calm and relax the frizz with a light textured conditioner. Co-washing is supposed to help those of us ladies with color treated, dry or damaged hair keep the hair more moisturized without stripping it of the needed oils. Co-washing is supposed to be gentler than using harsh shampoos that have a tendency to strip the hair. And if you are like me and suffer from dry/damaged hair or style daily with heat- then you know that too much washing can also cause-BREAKAGE. Since with co-washing you’re technically washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner, it also helps soften the hair and keep the scalp and hair moisturized longer. Ummmmm- yeah that sounds amazing. So here is a breakdown of the test drive…

DAY ONE {WEDNESDAY}: The first wash felt a bit weird. I am not going to lie something about not having bubbles or lather was a bit strange. But at the same time nice. No squeaky clean feeling or the feeling of pulling my hair out when I brushed through it with a wide toothed comb. As weird as it felt, I can honestly say that when brushing or shall I say combing through my hair prepping for blow dry it was easier, and required wayyyyy less products to help. Then the blow drying magic happened and OMG did I have some Pantene Pro-V like celebrity hair moment with the shine- dammmmmnnnn.  It was dreamy to be honest.

DAY THREE {FRIDAY}: The second wash. Well I started to get ready to wash my hair again because I thought the shine was slightly turning into greasy hair territory. However a quick spritz or two of my trusty dry shampoo and that feeling of greasy territory was gone. Soooo… needless to say the second wash didn’t happen.

DAY FIVE {SUNDAY}:Finally the second wash takes place. Into the shower I go, and cleanse the hair with a cleansing conditioner- and voila the same results. Soft, manageable hair that blow dried like a dream. I can honestly say I am a bit impressed with this whole co-washing thing. All and all co-washing is pretty positive experience and I can safely say that it is probably going to become a go-to, and maybe ever 2 times a co-wash; I’ll throw in a normal cleanse. All and all, my hair is seriously softer and very much more manageable- pretty sure that is a serious score!

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- No co-washing with a deep conditioner. I almost grabbed my trusty deep conditioner until reading that a deep conditioner would stick to hair more  and alude to ending in some serious greasy territory.

- If you are an avid sweater, exerciser or anything that may cause a sweaty scalp- dry shampoo will be a MUST have. A dry shampoo can help cleanse the scalp temporarily, and absorb any excessive oil. My favorite right now is the Herbal Essence Naked Dry Shampoo, it smells AMAZING!

- Just because you are washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner and your hair is feeling softer; does NOT mean to co-wash your hair everyday or every other day. This is especially true for those of us ladies who have relaxed, permed or color treated hair- it can for sure cause MAJOR breakage if you over wash. And who wants to have breakage? Not I!

So there you have it. A overall positive experience with the co-washing routine. I can honestly say I am thinking of swapping my usual hair shampooing routine, into 3 co-washing and though in a clarifying shampoo into the mix. Dry shampoo will for sure be a solid staple, and right now my hair is starting to thank me. Curly hair, dry hair, damaged or permed hair- you should venture to the co-washing crew. For all of you beauties who practice it often, I get it now…. Considered myself initiated into the co-washing crew!









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  • Christine C.

    Which one did you try? I tried the L’Oreal one and hated the way it made my hair feel afterwards. It felt very oily and not normal. Even when I used a small amount. I have thought about trying Wen before, but haven’t. Maybe I need to give this another try!

    • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

      I tried the Pantene Co Washing. I was surprised I liked how it felt. But I have super dry, chemically treated hair so my hair LOVE moisture. I want to pick up the WEN one for sure. I heard a million great things about it. Ojon also has a great one that is blended with their hair oils almost. Lol.. the not so squeeky clean feeling took a minute to get used to.

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    I only cowash my hair. I use As I am Coconut Cowash

    • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

      OMG Kim. How is that? That’s on my list of things to try, I read TONS of great thing about it. Looks like I will be needing it sooner than later. I am totally digging the co-washing thing for sure.

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I’ve never heard of co washing before but am up for anything that softens hair

  • Norah Salazar

    I have a Keratin treatment done on my hair to smooth it out, fight frizz and add to injury an oily scalp after 2/3 days, this might not be for me.

  • Noelle

    Interesting! I’d be so afraid to wash my hair with just conditioner since it’s so thin! It looks greasy by the end of the day with regular shampoo :(

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I need to try co-washing. While my hair is straight, since I dye it I always feel like it can use more moisture

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    I have heard about it, but I still haven´t tried it.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    What I want to know is how “no poo” became “co washing”!

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      People probably became very concerned if you told them you follow a “no poo” regimen HA

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    I thought co-washing was going to be getting into the shower with someone! Hee hee! I will, occasionally, just use my conditioner and skip shampooing. But I can’t imagine going over two days without washing my hair.

  • Cindy Ingalls

    I love Wen but it makes my fine hair SO soft I can’t style it!

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    I actually can’t stand Wen. It makes my hair feel weird.

  • Anastasia

    I went through a cowashing phase, and it definitely helped my hair feel stronger and softer, but right now I switched back to sulfate-free shampoos. It really helps return life to dry hair!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I still have to try more cowash brands. I’m not convinced w/ the brand I’m using…. I can’t even recall the name!!!! I’ll check out your suggestions!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I use Deva Curl sometimes, and it’s about the closest I’ve gotten to co-washing. Right now, I’m in a hair masque phase, but when I move through this, I may try true co-washing. Also, I want hair pix! (Pix, or it didn’t happen! lol)

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    Girl… I’m not even going to front… I hate Wen. I tried it on so many different occasions and it has never worked for me or if I wasn’t breaking out – I had serious breakage. I do love to Cowash though – it helps to keep my curls in check.

  • Shelley Polarbelle

    I had no idea there were cleansing conditioners. I thought you just did the whole thing with a regular conditioner. I think this is an important post to teach people how to do it.

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    It sounds cool but I have such fine hair I just think it will be too oily. As it is my hair only makes it two or three days before it’s so greasy that dry shampoo does absolutely nothing.

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    My hair is such a grease ball. Though I need to try co-washing… just to say I did lol

  • Betzy Carmona

    I try to do cowashes but with this heat i have to wash it or else i go insane

  • http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com Melody Robinson Wright

    I don’t do co washing. It’s become super trendy but I find it really doesn’t help me at all.

  • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

    I have never done co-washing. This is the first time I have heard of it..sounds interesting.