Co-wash simply means to cleanse the hair and scalp by using a rinse-out conditioner instead of a traditional shampoo.
I know what you are thinking, "Ewww! You don't use shampoo?!" Well, it's not as weird as it sounds. Co-washing can become a girl's best friend, especially during summer fun activities which can steal moisture from your lovely locks. Read on to find out how and why to try ‘summertime’ co-washing.
Why Co-Wash Hair
Your body needs moisture during hot summer months, so do your beautiful locks. Traditional shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), the ingredient used to make all those scrubbing bubbles, when used excessively SLS can strip hair of natural oils required for moisture. Excessive harsh shampoo usage can also leave hair feeling dry, brittle, promote breakage and create a frizzy halo – ugh!
Silicone Free Co-Washing
Why silicone free? Silicones are the secret weapon in most hair smoothing products (often disguised as the scientific ingredient name: dimethicone). Like a raincoat for your hair, silicone coats each strand to seal out humidity. Slippery and silky from the silicone polish, hair is less tangled and looks shinier and healthier—at first. The problem is the coating: "Too much silicone prevents oils and moisture from penetrating into the hair," explains celebrity stylist Leonard Manetti, owner of the ION Studio salon, New York City. "Eventually, hair will be drier and look more damaged," he adds.
How to Co-Wash
Co-washing is all about scalp and follicle massage to help break up and loosen the dirt and oils on your head so they will easily rinse away. Take a small amount of conditioner and massage it into a small area of your scalp, follow this process for your entire head. Make sure to work some conditioner into your hair down to its ends (this would be a good time to detangle with a wide tooth comb), once you have done all of that, rinse out your hair. Once you have rinsed out your hair completely, work a small amount of conditioner into your hair in its length and at the ends and then squeeze the excess conditioner out. Adding a bit of conditioner in final process will assist in detangling and frizz control. Preferably towel or air-dry your hair, and there you go! Co-washed hair.
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Go forth, co-wash and enjoy summer!