Thursday, December 20, 2012

Co washing tips

So a lot of you have probably heard the term co-washing before and wondered what is it and how is it useful; well for starters co-washing is washing the hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, a gentler cleanse one might refer to.  It is never to take the place of a shampooing regimen; your hair needs to be cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized to prevent the old product build-up from molding. 

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.
Do not……
  • 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. 

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