Curly Hair, Healthy Curls

The 4-1-1 on Co-Washing For Curly Hair

So, you want the 4-1-1 on Co-Washing?

If you’re a curly gal or guy, you’ve most likely heard of “co-washing”.

The term co-washing basically means: “conditioner-only washing”.

When most people refer to co-washing, they’re referencing cleansing hair with a conditioner as an alternative to shampoo.

So…can you wash your hair with conditioner? Not really – technically, conditioner doesn’t cleanse the hair. After all, conditioner is for moisturizing and not cleansing. But there are still benefits to co-washing. Which is why it’s a hot topic right now.

So, what do people co-wash?

Many curlies opt-in and use this method to avoid harsh drying agents found in traditional shampoos. But, still, traditional co-washing methods don’t fully rid the hair of impurities which is why Royal Locks Hair Care created Clean Curls Shampoo, a luxurious lather that releases moisturizing, cleansing Argan oil and macadamia oil.

So basically, a conditioning cleanser like Clean Curls is the perfect mixture of cleansing and conditioning. Because just using conditioner alone doesn’t actually clean the scalp. You need friction and water to really work through the hair.

So, how often should you co-wash?

You should co-wash with a conditioning cleanser at least once or twice a week, depending on your texture and the amount of product you tend to style your hair with.

Remember, it’s a cleanser, so you should use it as frequently as you would a shampoo. The bonus is that unlike a traditional shampoo, if you wash your hair more often than most, it won’t dry out your strands.

What’s your experience with co-washing?