However it is highly useful for giving the hair a refreshing clean look for in between wash sessions; without stripping the scalp and hair of too many oils, it can also help keep the balance of moisture and protein stable, while leaving hair in a supple more manageable condition. Below I have listed my personal dos and don’ts of co washing.
- Always detangle hair before co washing for this can lead to bigger knots forming with dead hair.
- Rinse hair with only warm water before adding conditioner in order to break down any buildup.
- Massage conditioner onto scalp using the paws of one’s fingers, not finger nails.
- Use your favorite "affordable" rinse out conditioner.
- Be gentle when drying hair with a towel for too much friction can cause unnecessary frizz; as an alternative use an old t-shirt.
- Clump hair on top of one another when massaging conditioner onto scalp, for this too can cause knots; finger detangle in small sections from ends to roots.
- Scratch scalp with finger nails while washing; this can irritate it even more, massage with fingertips firmly, instead.
- Choose to co wash if scalp has not been shampooed for more than 2 weeks.
- Spend a fortune on an “all natural” conditioner; it does not take all of that.
I love co washing my hair every few days or once a week depending on style, my hair always feels refreshed, loose, and supple. As stated before, be sure to actually shampoo hair at least twice or more a month depending on ones daily activity. Personally, I like to look for highly affordable conditioners that contain anti fungal ingredients such as spearmint, peppermint, tea tree, or eucalyptus oil; which are all perfect for soothing an itchy or inflamed scalp as well. Remember this is meant to be fun and relaxing, not stressful and heart wrenching; so be creative and free to experiment with different products and methods.