If you’re natural, co-wash has more than likely popped up in your hair regimen. Why? Co-wash is a widely accepted way to wash natural hair because it doesn’t have as many harsh chemicals as traditional shampoos (even if they’re natural products). Co-wash just doesn’t strip as much moisture and natural oils from your hair like shampoo.
Sone popular co-washes (that I’ve personally tried and loved) include Shea Moistures Coconut and Hibiscus Co-Wash and Miss Jessies Co-Wash.
My wash routine for my hair is always a long, grueling process no matter if I’m co-washing or shampooing. I co-wash my hair every week and apply shampoo and conditioner every two weeks. For every wash, I do a pre-poo with coconut oil and more times than not, I use a hair mask after my co-wash too.
Of course, co-wash doesn’t clean your hair like shampoo…
For me, co-wash doesn’t give my hair that squeaky clean feel. Only shampoo and conditioner will really do that for you. This is obviously a reason many natural hair sisters turn down the co-wash. However, if you’re like me and you put a lot of gel and product in your hair, washing weekly is a necessity, not an option. And the best option for me is co-wash because again, I want my hair to be moisturized.
Unless I use a hair mask – which mind you, take 30 minutes to an hour process – my hair after shampoo + conditioner is dry.
Not only does co-washing give me the moisture my hair craves after a wash-n-go but it also defines my curls.
Pre-Poo with Oil (Optional)
Pre-pooing before a co-wash isn’t really necessary but I do it because I absolutely love coconut oil and it leaves my strands shiny and loose. The more moisture, the better!
I use Miss Jessies but here are some others which are really good.
Apply Hair Mask/Leave-in
Applying a Hair Mask may not even be necessary but I use my TGIN hair mask because it’s essential for my hair growth and it allows my strands to stay moisturized. A leave-in conditioner can also have the same effect when it comes to moisture.
Another Tip: Really take advantage of the pre-poo process and put oils in your hair. Essential oils like coconut oil and even castor oil can be used as cleansing oils for your scalp.
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