Cowashing means "washing" your hair with conditioner. It's a way to refresh your hair when you don't have time to do your full shampoo and condition routine.
- Start by rinsing your hair with lukewarm water for about 3 minutes.
- Co-washing is not effective enough to be your only method of cleansing. Use shampoo to cleanse your hair and scalp at least once a week.
- If your scalp becomes flaky or itchy, co-washing is not right for your hair.
Step 1: Start by gently combing through your hair with your fingers so that it's free of knots and tangles. Apply a little conditioner or oil to areas that are difficult to comb.
Step 2: Once in the shower, rinse your hair with lukewarm water for 3-5 minutes. This long rinse will loosen up dirt and residue which is especially important since you won't be using shampoo.
Step 3: Apply a large amount of a cleansing conditioner or no-suds shampoo to your scalp and hair.Try As I Am Coconut CoWash, $8.00
Step 4: Gently massage your scalp and hair with the product. Pass your hair back under the water to make a creamy lather.
Step 5: Make sure you've added enough conditioner so that your hair is easy to comb. Use a wide tooth comb to thoroughly comb out your hair so that it's smooth and tangle-free. Rinse.
Step 6: If your scalp does not feel clean enough, repeat steps 3 and 4, then rinse again.
Step 7: Style your hair and allow it to air dry. You must avoid direct and high heat after you co-wash. There will still be product residue on your hair and it will cause your hair to burn from heat styling. Limit your use of heat to a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment or a bonnet dryer on low.
Updated March 17, 2012