Co-Washing Straight Hair: Yes or No?

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Will co-washing straight hair work for you?Daniela Vladimirova / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Grow Your Hair: How Co-Washing Supports Healthy Hair Growth

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Co-washing can help promote longer hair growthFoter / Public Domain Mark 1.0

Conditioner washing, or co-washing as it is popularly known, is a way to cleanse your hair using your favorite conditioner in place of shampoo. The founder of this term is believed to be Lorraine Massey, the creator and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook which is a step by step guide to beautiful curls for a curly girl. As compared to straighter hair types the structured hair has a natural tendency to be drier. The reason behind this phenomenon is that the natural oils created by the scalp easily spread to straight hair. For curly hairs it becomes difficult for the oils to reach the through the various turns and twists. Lorraine suggests that girls with curly hair should use conditioners to clean their hair more than they use shampoo. It is often believed that conditioners can only help to condition the hair but the reality is that they contain a small amount of gentle cleansers to clean the hair. Co-washing the hair regularly will help to grow your hair longer and healthier too.

It is very important for girls with curly hair to hydrate her curls. In order to create beautifully nourished curls and waves it is necessary to follow a strict co-washing hair care regimen. It is believed by many that the gentle cleansers present in some conditioners will help in hair growth and prevent split ends and other hair damages. The concept of co-washing has become so popular that hair care product companies are now launching products that are specifically meant to co-wash the hair. The difference of washing the hair with a regular conditioner and washing it with a specially formulated co-washing conditioner is apparent. A girl with curly hair can notice the difference with her own eyes and can actually feel the difference with her hands.

If you too have curly, wavy hair and want to try co-washing then you should lay your hands on the best co-washing products. There are various products available on the market that you can use to co-wash in order to grow your hair. However, you should be very careful about using co-washing conditioners containing silicones and other synthetic additives as they are insoluble in water. They cannot be easily washed off except by using harsh detergents, so you might end up ruining your hair.

Another important point that you should keep on mind to grow your hair longer and healthier by co-washing is the frequency of co-washes. The frequency of co-washing your hair largely depends upon your schedule and the climate of the place where you live. You should remember that wet hair is fragile and styling the hair when it is wet may not be a good idea. Also make sure to not overdo co-washing. There is something called over conditioning the hair; if you feel your hair seems too soft then you need to stop co-washing right away. Over conditioning will do more harm to the hair than good. It is also important to know that if you are suffering from dermatitis or any severe hair or scalp problems then you should avoid co-washing. If you have no hair or scalp related issues and do not have excess sebum buildup then you should try co-washing to have longer and healthier hair.

Pantene Co-Washing Conditioner Review


Finally! A co-washing conditioner that you can easily find at your local drugstore. This has been a long time coming, but Pantene has finally heard our requests and released Pantene Co-Washing Conditioner. You can imagine that I was incredibly excited to try out Pantene Co-Washing conditioner.  It comes in quite a large bottle so you get a lot of product. I found this in the ethnic hair section of my local drugstore, so if you’re having trouble finding it in the general hair-care section that’s probably where it is.

It has the same runny conditioner texture that most co-washing conditioners have. The smell is just like most other Pantene products, but I know it’s a smell a lot of people like. I think it’s kind of bland personally but to each his own.

The instructions say to run it through wet hair and let it sit for one minute. I followed these directions in spite of the fact I know for best co-washing results you should really scrub your hair and scalp for longer than that. I figured I’d see what the bottle instructions did to my hair.

The product rinsed out easily and cleanly — no residue or anything.

As my hair dried I noticed something right away — my scalp itched like CRAZY. Like many curly haired girls I have very dry hair and scalp, but co-washing usually helps moisturize my scalp. This felt like I used shampoo and no conditioner though. I had to massage my scalp with a bit of olive oil in order to stop the itching.

The next time I used the product I used my standard co-washing method of scrubbing my hair and scalp for between three and five minutes. The product stood up to that, I only had to add a bit of extra product during that time. Again, it rinsed out cleanly.

This time my scalp definitely didn’t itch as much. There was still a bit of irritation but nothing unbearable. I think this product is not for people with a dry scalp.

Now, how did it make my hair look and feel? In spite of how my scalp felt, my hair felt and looked fantastic. My curls were very soft and well defined after each use. I use very little product in my hair, sometimes a bit of leave-in conditioner, and my curls stayed defined for most of the day following my co-washing.

I would recommend this product to newbies starting off with co-washing who aren’t willing to spend that $30+ some companies charge for products. If you have a dry scalp though watch out, you might have some discomfort. I’d recommend following up with a good scalp oil to avoid flaking and itchiness.

In general though I was pretty impressed with this product. If you’ve used it let me know what you think.

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As I Am Coconut CoWash Review

I picked up a tub of As I Am Coconut CoWash mostly because of the price. It was hard to turn down a product that inexpensive! After reading the ingredients I was extra impressed. The ingredients include Tangerine, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Saw Palmetto — all natural and useful ingredients. Needless to say I was pretty pumped to try this stuff out!

My Experience With As I Am Coconut CoWash

That evening I used it for the first time. The consistency is fairly runny, similar to VO5, which I like because you don’t have to use too much product and it rinses out of your hair easily. The tub isn’t too big but it lasts a while since you don’t need to use much product. I scrubbed my scalp and hair for a few minutes and rinsed the product out. The packaging suggests that you also comb your hair before rinsing it out but I chose to skip that — I rarely comb my hair so I didn’t feel like starting that now.

After my hair dried I inspected the situation and honestly I wasn’t so impressed. My hair was kind of a wreck, my curls were a bit flat and my hair felt slightly dry. I hopped online and read some reviews and saw that other people felt the same way. While many people said that they stopped using it after the first or second try because their hair didn’t respond, some people worked through the “pain”.

I decided to keep with it and see how things turned out. After using it daily for a week I started to see improvement. After a week and a half my hair felt softer and shinier and my curls were much more defined. Turns out this is a co-wash conditioner that just requires a little bit of an adjustment period.

I read another review that suggested that you keep it in your hair for some time, like a deep conditioner. It was not made for that purpose, but I decided to try it out. It actually did make my hair much silkier than I thought it would! I could probably get better results from an actual deep conditioning product, but it still works in a pinch.

I highly recommend checking out As I Am Coconut CoWash. It’s inexpensive and it works fantastically.

Have you tried As I Am Coconut CoWash? What were your thoughts?

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How to Co-wash Caucasian Hair

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Yes, Caucasian women can co-wash their hair.zubrow / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

When we hear about co-washing, we usually associate it with African-American hair. This is because African American women have coarse, thick hair, and so regular shampoo just doesn’t cut it for them. In contrast, you don’t often hear about co-washing among Caucasian and Asian women, because their hair is generally lighter and easier to manage. So can you co-wash Caucasian hair?

For those of you who are curious, yes, you can co-wash Caucasian hair. However, since Caucasian hair tends to be easier to manage and less coarse than African American or even Latina hair, it requires a different set of methods. So in many cases, Caucasian women don’t really need to use conditioners instead of a shampoo, and this is because shampoos are often good enough to clean Caucasian women’s hairs.

However, there are also certain reasons why some Caucasians are forced to considering alternatives to shampoo. One reason is that most shampoos have sulfate and they are not very good to co-wash Caucasian hair. Another reason is that some conditioners offer more moisture. Also, among Caucasians who have problems with dry hair, a particular type of conditioner, such as those which contain green tea and vitamins, can be a pleasant alternative to most types of shampoo.

Picking a Conditioner

Having said that, to co-wash Caucasian hair requires certain preparations. For starters, Caucasians will need to pick their conditioners carefully. Lighter conditioners should be used instead of the more intense varieties. This is because Caucasian hair is generally light and their roots may not react well to a conditioner with very strong ingredients. On the other hand, since Caucasian hair is more responsive to lighter conditioners, be prepared to use plenty of it when you co-wash Caucasian hair.

It’s also worth mentioning that when Caucasian women use conditioners, they often alternate between regular shampoo and conditioners. This is because our hairs have a tendency of adapting to different hair products when we use them too often.

How to Co-wash Caucasian Hair

After you have found a good conditioner and ready to have your first co-wash, the first thing that you will need to do is make sure that your hair is really wet. This is because most Caucasian people are not used to using conditioners to wash their hairs, and because of this, the roots of the hair have to be really wet in order to prevent stickiness later on.

Prior to massaging your hair, you will need to rub the conditioner long and hard on the palm of your hands. This is done to soften the conditioner and thereby prevent them from sticking to the roots of your hair when you wash them off. When you’ve sufficiently rubbed the conditioner on your hands, the next thing that you will need to do is massage it into your hair’s roots and make sure that it reaches all the way in. You will also need make your way from the roots to the rest of your hair.

Leave the stuff on your head for several minutes before washing it off. Be thorough about this. You’ll want to make sure that there’s nothing left on your head, as this can leave a sticky residue. Fortunately, Caucasian hair doesn’t need a lot of work. You don’t need to strain it, but using conditioner can make you feel clean and soft. Your roots will also feel softer. So co-washing does work for Caucasian hair, and many of those who have use it report that their hair feels healthier.

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The Cost of Co-Washing

Co-washing is described as the washing of hair with the conditioner instead of using shampoo. It is the short form of conditioner washing. It is recommended as a means of retaining the hair’s moisture. The hair is washed and rinsed as it would have if shampoo is used.

Co-washing avoids the harsh results from regular washing with shampoos. It helps to keep black hair manageable and soft. By using only the conditioner, you are able to remove the dirt, dust and salts from the hair without stripping the hair of its natural moisture and nutrients. It can be done as often as one likes, even more than once in a day.

For co-washing to be effective, find a conditioner that has a moisturising property and not a protein conditioner. Protein conditioners tend to dry out your hair. Look for conditioners that are relatively cheap because you will need to wash your hair frequently.

The main benefit of co-washing is that it eliminates dryness. Some women say that the hair grows more when co washed. It is also easier to retain the length of the hair. It softens new growth therefore reducing breakage for the people with transitioning hair.

Co-washing is much cheaper than the regular washing. All you need is the conditioner. You do not need to buy shampoo. Find a conditioner that suits your hair type. It is a quick process that you can do at home without the need to go to a salon.

Unlike washing then conditioning, all you need is to hop in the shower, rinse the hair thoroughly, lather it up with conditioner and rinse it. This is a one easy step. This makes it very good for women who need to rush to school or work after a workout session.

There are products specifically made for co-washing. In one bottle you are able to get a conditioner that is great for your hair. Most of these products are relatively depending on the qualities they have. Some have treatments in them while others have a moisturiser. This makes co-washing cheaper because you only need to buy one product.

Since the hair is no longer exposed to the detergents in shampoos, it tends to curl more. The curls and waves in the hair will be more defined. When the hair is conditioned and well lubricated, the curls appear moist, healthier and supple. The frizzing and tangling reduces and the waves stay on all day long. This consequently reduces the need for you to visit a salon frequently.

Co-washing works best for black hair. This is because it is mostly hard compared to other types of hair. Co-washing softens the hair and makes it grow much faster. Co-washing can also be used to maintain weaves, wigs and extensions. You use the same procedure as you would when washing the hair. This keeps the weaves and wigs looking as good as new. It helps maintain their textures. After co-washing, you can style the wigs and weaves however you like. With all these benefits reaped from co-washing, it is definitely a better way than the normal washing we are used to.

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Dry Scalp and Co-Washing

Dry scalp and co-washing

Dry scalp and co-washing

Dry scalp can be a common occurrence of co-washing. It doesn’t mean that you have to deal with it, though. If you’ve been co-washing for some time, you know how troublesome it can be to experience a dry flaky scalp. Co-washing can even trigger scalp problems like dandruff and eczema. You don’t want to give up your co-washing routine, but you don’t want to suffer either. Fortunately, there are tips you can try while sticking with your regimen. These will help clean and care for your sensitive scalp.

Cleanse Your Dry Scalp Regularly

A big myth with co-washing is that it’s fine to clean your scalp once or twice your scalp. A clean scalp is necessary for having healthy hair. In fact, it promotes hair growth. You should be washing your scalp at least weekly. Use a sulfate-free or silicone-free shampoo that effectively cleans your scalp without stripping it of moisture. Fortunately, these types of shampoos are now available at drug stores and major retailers. Even Sally Beauty Supply has a large selection of mild shampoos for co-washers.

Condition Before You Shampoo

It might sound strange, but conditioning your hair before shampooing helps get rid of flakes. It’s a must for those who suffer from dandruff or eczema. This simple method will allow you to co-wash your hair and shampoo your scalp without stripping your hair.

First, you should apply the co-wash conditioner to the mid shaft and ends of your hair. Next, apply a mild shampoo to your scalp only. Massage the shampoo directly into your scalp. Rinse both the shampoo and conditioner with lukewarm water.

If you want to deep condition your hair, you should only apply it to your hair. Do not apply it to your scalp. This will defeat the process. Leave the conditioner as long as you desire, and rinse it out with cool water.

Brown Sugar Scrub Homemade Dry Scalp Treatment

Brown sugar has many benefits for exfoliating the skin. It can also exfoliate a dry scalp. Your scalp also has skin, so it only makes sense to try this remedy. For this recipe, you will need two tablespoons of brown sugar and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Oil olive helps to soften the skin on your scalp. Since brown sugar is an exfoliator, it can irritate a sensitive scalp. The olive oil will help soothe and moisturize the scalp while you exfoliate it. Mix the olive oil and brown sugar in a saucer and proceed as follows:

  1. Separate your hair into eight sections. Secure each section with metal clips.
  2. Unclip one section of hair and apply the mixture to the scalp around that section.
  3. Dip your finger into the saucer to get some extra olive oil on your fingers. Slowly massage it into the scalp for sixty seconds.
  4. Repeat the steps for the remaining sections.
  5. Rinse out your scalp thoroughly with warm water. Make sure none of the mixture is left behind in your hair.
  6. Co-wash and condition hair as you normally do.

These are just some of the dry scalp remedies available to you. You can do one of the easier methods and cleanse your scalp weekly. If you have dry scalp problems, then you may want to try the brown sugar scrub method for a homemade dry scalp treatment. It doesn’t matter what method you use, as long as you keep your scalp healthy and clean.

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Co-Washing and Clarifying Shampoo — How to Use

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Clarifying shampoo and Co-Washingemurray / Water Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

A co-washer would typically stays from shampoo products. Most are afraid that the chemicals in the products will strip the hair of its natural moisture and color. This is true if you shampoo your hair daily. However, you only need to wash with a clarifying shampoo every so often to prevent buildup. These types of shampoos can be beneficial for thoroughly washing the hair and scalp. There are a few instances when you will need to use a clarifying wash or shampoo. The clarifying shampoo will keep both the hair and the scalp healthy and balanced.

When a Co-Washer Experiences Build-Up

It’s normal to experience build up when you co-wash your hair. There are two different signs of build up: white residue and dry hair. White residue can occur on the scalp or the temple and forehead area. It can also appear on your brush or your flat iron. This residue won’t appear until immediately after you rinse your hair in the shower. A sign of white residue means that you have not effectively washed and cleansed your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to ensure that your hair is thoroughly clean. Most wash their hair once a month with a clarifying shampoo to prevent build up.

Another sign of build up is dry hair. Your hair will get drier with time and will no longer to respond to conditioners. Some people believe that the products are no longer working for their hair. This is partly true. This type of build up happens when you wash one week with shampoo and conditioner, and co-wash during the midweek. Suddenly, you find yourself co-washing every other day for your hair to feel conditioned. A clarifying shampoo can help remove your hair of buildup and bring it back to its natural conditioned state.

When a Co-Washer Relies on Co-Washing Only

You may be the type of person that loves to use styling products. If you co-wash every other day or once a week, those styling products will build up on your hair and scalp. Styling products like gels, oils, and moisturizers will form white particles on your scalp and the strands of your hair. You may notice that whenever you brush or comb your hair. You should use a clarifying shampoo every time you experience buildup. You can also use it every so often to prevent buildup from happening.

When a Co-Washer is Heavily Into Oils

Co-washers that frequently use heavy oils will find that mild sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoos won’t be enough to cleanse their hair. There also those who love to use argan oil, shea butter oil, olive oil, and other heavy oils on their hair. They may use these oils to do regular oil rinses or hot oil treatments. This can cause heavy buildup, as well. Co-washers have the option to skip the conditioner during those times they use oils. If that’s not an option, then a clarifying shampoo will help produce less buildup.

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Co-Wash Conditioners — What Should I Look For?

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Picking out a Co-Wash ConditionercolorblindPICASO / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

There are a lot of conditioners that are available on the market. One of the best products is called as the co-wash conditioner. This product is very effective to improve the overall health and appearance of your hair. Finding the best product for your hair can be challenging at the first time. However, you can simply read this article to find out what to look for in your conditioner. It is very important to get some information about this type of conditioner before deciding to purchase one product from the market.

Co-Wash Conditioner Properties

1. Slip properties

This is the first property that should be contained in your co-wash conditioner. The product should be able to be distributed throughout your hair easily. There is a good ingredient that is very effective in creating slip. This ingredient is called as emollient ingredient. There are some examples of emollient that you can find in many different conditioners, such as stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, cyclomethicone, cetaryl alcohol, coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Make sure that your chosen conditioner contains one or some of those emollient ingredients. Most conditioners that are available on the market contain one or some of those active ingredients.

2. Cleansing

When you want to choose the best conditioner for your hair, this product should have cleansing ability. Most co-wash conditioners usually clean human hair in two different ways. They can clean your hair through the cationic surfactants. They can also work based on the oil solubility system. There are some surfactants that can help you clean your hair effectively, such as cetrimonium chloride, behentrimonium chloride, behentrimonium methosulfate, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, and many other effective surfactants. Your chosen co-wash conditioner should also contain some fatty alcohol substances, such as cetyl, stearyl, or cetaryl groups. These ingredients are very useful to help people clean their hair effectively.

3. Moisturizing ability

A good conditioner should have moisturizing ability. There are many great ingredients that can be used to moisturize your hair effectively. Some doctors believe that some essential oils, such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea oil, can work perfectly to moisturize your hair. There are some other ingredients that can improve the moisturizing ability of the conditioner, for example the glutamic acid and glycerin. Because of that reason, you should choose the best conditioner that contains these ingredients to moisturize your hair effectively.

4. Positive charge

This is another important feature that should be contained in your conditioner. Hair usually carries negative charges. This negative charge can be worsen by some damages from the heat, environment, or chemical substances. Therefore, you have to balance this charge by adding some positive charges from your favorite conditioner. These positive charges are very effective to create smooth and soft hair that you will love. There are some ingredients that can be used to improve the amount of positive charge in your hair, for example cationic surfactants, alcohol, and also polyquaternums.

Those are some properties that you should take a look at your co-wash conditioner. Your conditioner should contain all or some of those ingredients in order to improve your hair health. It is recommended that you check the customer reviews from the Internet when you want to find the best conditioner for your hair.

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Co-Washing Benefits — Top Five Reasons to Start

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Top 5 co-washing benefits for your hair.icopythat / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Co-washing is all the rage in many beauty circles, but there are many women who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. Some women have not realized the importance of it because they have no time or they don’t understand what it is all about. The following are the main co-washing benefits and why people should start co-washing their locks.

1. Co-Washing Benefits the Scalp

For women who exercise regularly, the removal of sweat from the hair is incredibly very essential. If not regularly washed away, salt from the frequent perspiration will immediately dry out the textured hair and inflame the scalp. One of the co-washing benefits, it can remove the dust, salt, and dirt from the hair while at the same time avoiding stripping the hair off its natural oils.

2. Co-Washing is fast

With conditioner washing, one can do it within a short period of time. Contrasting washing and conditioning, one only need to shower, rinse the hair thoroughly and then lather up with a conditioner and rinse. It is very great step indeed. This is ideal for those ladies who have to hurry to their workplace or school after an exercise.

3. Co-Washing benefits hair health

Given that co-wash eliminates stripping shampoo step, human hair retains moisture and eventually shining. It will be very easy to comb, style and will eventually dry a lot smoother and sleeker. In addition, by persistently exposing hair to water, it is very possible that the water force and conditioner is allowed to distribute the natural oils that are located at the scalp to other parts of the hair. Therefore, by working out repeatedly, one is in a position to increase the amount of conditioning and water exposed to the hair. The hair and the body will get healthier in the long run.

4. It gives your hair a great smell

One of the most excellent co-washing benefits on a daily basis is that the hair will have a good smell every day. The scalp and hair will feel clean, fragrant, and fresh. A big difference can be noted with strange smell on a lady who has not conditioned her hair. This is coupled by the reasons that sweat, dirt, and dust keep on accumulating without being washed away for long time. It is the only guaranteed way to ensure a constant fresh smell on the hair.

5. Co-washing defines waves and curls

In view of the fact that women are no longer exposing the hair to the stripping detergents contained in the shampoo, they will note that, on transitioning, their natural waves and curls will start to emerge more and well defined. When the human hair is well conditioned and lubricated, the curls will automatically and naturally appear supple, healthier, and moist. They will not tangle as much thus looking very vibrant and fresh all day long. For those women who exercise on regular basis, co-washing will really help keep waves and curls stylish and healthy.

Benefits of Co-Washing

Infographic on benefits of co-washing hair

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