Co-washing is a fancy way of saying "I wash my hair with conditioner." I'd never been on the co-washing bandwagon in the past because ain't no body have time for multiple wash days each week! Then, my vacation last summer completely changed my mind about co-washing. Amusement parks, exercising, sweating in the ridiculously hot Florida sun, swimming---there was no way that I'd be able to get away with one wash day. So, I bit the co-washing bullet and my hair LOVED IT. I was able to refresh my scalp, cleanse my strands, and give my hair a dose of moisture all in one step. Over the last year, I've dated several conditioners that are perfect for co-washing, under $10, and widely available. Before we get started, let me give you an idea of what I want in PERFECT co-washing conditioner:
What makes a co-washing conditioner good...to me?
- Hydrating- My one true co-wash prince has to be the boost of moisture that wards of breakage in drought-like conditions and keep it there until my next wash. None of that moisturized in the morning and dry by the night mess here.
- Cleansing- Read: remove build up, dirt, and sweat but DON'T strip my hair. After all, if I wanted a good clean start, I'd use shampoo.
- Detangling- Slip. slip and more slip. If it don't have slip then it will be immediately disqualified! I detangle my hair pre-wash and I expect it to stay detangled through the wash process.
It's tempting, but don't use a deep conditioner has a co-washing conditioner. You'll get this icky build up situation going on that will require clarifying. Trust me---that's more trouble that it's worth.
Here are your Battle of the Co-Wash Contestants:
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle
Organix Renewing Oil of Morocco
Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Let the battle begin!