I have been co-washing my hair for about 6 years now. The idea of a co-wash is to avoid stripping your hair of the naturally produced sebum that comes from our hair. My hair is extremely curly and anyone with curly hair knows it is very naturally dry anyway and shampoos, sometimes strip out the natural moisture leaving it too dry for even conditioner to fix.
I was brought up thinking that water was the devil when it came to my hair. That the water was what was causing my hair to be dry, frizzy and unmanageable. When in reality it is just the opposite. Water is my friend.
There were too many rules when I was doing research on co-washing and anyone that knows me knows that I am a habitual rule breaker, and when it comes to routines, I march to the beat of my own drum.
When choosing a conditioner to try for the first time, I look for water to be the first ingredient, I know I will probably get some flack for my next statement, but I don't pay a lot of attention to the other ingredients, if it has water as the first ingredient (the first ingredient is usually what the product has the most of) and it smells good and it says it's going to do what I need it to, then I want to try it.
One thing I have learned through my "process" is that you do not want a conditioner that builds up on your hair.
Water has enough alkalinity to cleanse the hair when rinsed right and if the hair isn't entirely disgusting.
Pantene Smooth & Sleek Conditioner is light enough to not weigh my hair down but heavy enough to keep my hair moisturized. As you can see, it did wonders as far as moisture, my curls are more defined and my hair does not look dry. I love this Pantene Smooth & Sleek Conditioner.
Rinse thoroughly, you need to make sure to saturate the hair. How long depends on how long and thick your hair is.
Squeeze out the excess water.
Wash My Body.
Super easy right?
Now a question for you. Have you ever tried a co-wash? If so what is your routine? If not what do you do to make sure your hair stays soft and moisturized?