Co-wash in short is simply washing your hair with conditioner. Co-washing is a major component of the Curly Girl Method created by Lorraine Massey. Massey encourages that curly girls swap that old drying shampoo for your favorite silicone-free conditioner. Traditional shampoos have harsh detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate that strips the hair of its natural oils; leaving it dry, frizz and sometime unmanageable.
Many hair products companies have introduced gentler cleansers in the form of sulfate-free shampoo, shampoo bars, cleansing creams and now there’s an explosion of CoWash Conditioners or Cleansing Conditioners.
CoWash Conditioners or Cleansing Conditioners are marketed as all-in-one cleansers that hydrates and conditions the hair in one step. They are typical non-sudsy and sulfate-free products that leave your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis. But don’t get too excited read my product review on one of the most popular: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser . Just because the label says ‘cleanse’ or ‘cowash’ doesn’t mean its formulated to thourghly or effective remove dirt, deris, product build-up from the hair and scalp. Read on for a list of some of the newest cowash products.
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