Co-Washing InfoGraphic via YoungBlackNappy

Co-washing or conditioner only washing is a method used by many naturals to rinse their hair of existing product and sweat while adding moisture back into the hair. It is not a replacement for cleansing the hair, but this technique can be used between washes to avoid over-drying effects of shampoo. Check out this awesome info-graphic from YoungBlackNappy.

Co-Wash Natural Hair

UPDATE: We’ve been getting a lot of questions about which co-washes or cleansing conditioners we would recommend, so we wanted to help! While it’s imperative that you find the right conditioner that works for your unique hair, here are a few products we’ve heard nothing but good things about :)

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Cleansing Conditioner
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
Soultanicals Curlplay – Intense Cowash Treatment
Koils by Nature Ultra Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner

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3 thoughts on “Co-Washing InfoGraphic via YoungBlackNappy

  1. I’m not saying much since I’m strongly opposed to “washing” hair with conditioner which is akin to washing clothes with fabric softener or waxing a car without washing it first, but…I’ve co-washed several times with As I Am Naturally’s Coconut CoWash and love it. I’ve only ever cowashed with this and would not use conditioner for this as conditioner’s not designed to cleanse the scalp/hair, especially if you constantly use product. And, there are thousands of shampoos on the market. I’ve never had drying problems. You have to know your hair and pick your shampoo accordingly, especially since there are TONS of natural shampoos on the market.For instance, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always known I can’t use clear shampoos as they strip my hair. I’m tired of hearing the “drying” lament as an excuse to skip washing your hair. That’s just nasty.

    • Conditioners have cleansing properties in them too though, so it’s not “nasty” for those who can to co-wash only especially if they don’t use a lot of products (for instance products with silicone) in their hair. I think it’s a personal choice and many naturals who co-wash only will also do an ACV wash to clarify as needed, but again it depends on the person’s hair.

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