Condition and Wash then Condition

Love the benefits of co-washing but found it isn’t enough to cleanse your scalp? This is the co-washing alternative. Often referred to as CWC, the condition wash condition method accounts for scalp benefits of cleansing with a shampoo while providing the softness and strengthening benefits of a conditioner all without causing excessive dryness or build-up.

There is no wrong/right way to follow this process. Start with the obvious things your hair likes and tweak it until it fits your hair needs.  The basic steps include thoroughly rinsing your hair with water, applying conditioner to your hair and applying shampoo to your scalp only, then rinsing them both out and applying a final conditioner.

Good Hair, Bad Scalp.  Whether its excessive build-up, dandruff or dermatitis; scalp issues can be a pain. But treating those scalp issues can cause more problems for your hair due to the harsh nature of treatment shampoos. Here’s what to do:

  • Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly in the shower.
  • Apply conditioner to hair and cover strands completely.
  • Apply clarifying or medicated shampoo to scalp and massage.
  • Rinse products from hair and scalp.
  • Apply conditioner with slip to hair and detangle.
  • Rinse and style as usual.

Bad Hair, Good Scalp. Dry, matted hair can use all the TLC it can get. That usually calls for a thick deep conditioner which can coat the scalp and cause potential residue. Here’s what to do:

  • Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Apply deep conditioner to hair, cover and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes then detangle.
  • Apply daily shampoo to scalp.
  • Rinse products from hair and scalp.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner and style as usual.

Bad Hair, Good Scalp. Limp, damaged hair is in need of a pick me up.  This is usually resolved by a good protein treatment. However protein can also leave the hair feeling dry. Here is what to do:

  • Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Apply protein treatment to hair, cover and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes.
  • Apply daily shampoo to scalp.
  • Rinse products from hair and scalp.
  • Apply moisturizing conditioner to hair and detangle.
  • Rinse and style as usual.

The above are just a few suggestion for how to apply the CWC method.  The main difference between this and other methods is that you are applying shampoo and conditioner in the same step without rinsing which is treating your hair and scalp issues simultaneously.  If your hair has felt stripped after shampooing or if your scalp has felt greasy after conditioning this is a method you should look into.

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