With all the curly-haired girls raving about co-washing, straight-haired ladies might be wondering if co-washing can be beneficial as well. There is not an easy answer to this question. Here is some basic information about co-washing straight hair and whether it will benefit you.
Co-washing doesn’t really have to do with the texture of your hair, but with the dryness. If you have straight hair, chances are your hair is not as dry as someone with wavy or curly hair. If you have very oily hair, it might be a good idea to steer clear of co-washing, as the extra oil in the conditioner can weigh your hair down and leave it looking flat and dull.
Co-washing straight hair can be beneficial to someone with dry ends. If you use heat on your hair, you likely have dry and brittle ends, although your roots might be a bit oilier. If you have oily roots, avoid applying shampoo to the lengths and just apply it to the oily spots. A sulfate-free shampoo, such as It’s a 10 Miracle Shampoo Plus Keratin is great for absorbing excess oil from your roots without overdrying. Be sure to rinse out the shampoo very well, as any excess left in your hair can dry out your scalp.
After rinsing out the shampoo apply a generous amount of conditioner to the ends. Run your fingers through your hair and massage the conditioner into your hair for several minutes. Rinse it out thoroughly when you’re done.
As for the conditioners you should be using, you’ll likely need to play around with different varieties in order to find one that works for you. Some popular co-washing conditioners for straight haired ladies include Suave Naturals Conditioner, Tropical Coconut, Suave Daily Clarifying Conditioner and the ultra-popular WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. Be patient when using new conditioners for the first time. It can take several weeks for your hair to adjust to co-washing, so expect it to be a bit unruly for at least the first two weeks.
Whether co-washing straight hair is a good idea depends on the person. Some straight hair with take right to co-washing while other hair will never take to it. Experiment a little, be patient and hopefully you’ll see amazing results.