Everything You Need to Know About CoWash and Cleansing Conditioners

Everything You Need to Know About CoWash and Cleansing ConditionersCo-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.

Read: Curly Girl Method: Step by Step

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.

Check out the 10 CoWash and Cleansing

Conditioners You Should Know




6 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About CoWash and Cleansing Conditioners

  1. luckygirl502

    I read on Pinterest that 1 cup of rinse out conditioner + 1 teaspoon of moisturizing shampoo = a fab DIY cleansing conditioner. I’ve never tried it, but I think it’s worth a shot.

  2. Genene

    The slide show is not working–can you please take a look at it and correct it so I can see the information? Thank you! 🙂


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