So, you probably know by now that you need to keep your hair clean if you want it to be healthy. Too much excess gunk in your hair can prevent your scalp from getting what it needs to grow. At the same time, you may be like me and can’t just wash your hair all the time. First of all, no one has time for that. Second of all, all the washing is a hair no no. Excess washing can make the hair dry, and we all know that hair that is too dry is a direct cause of breakage! So, what other options are there for you? Our suggestion: cowashing.
Cowashing is the process of washing your hair with shampoo in order to keep the hair from getting stripped of its moisture due to frequent shampooing. Although the concept of cowashing is easy enough to understand, there are a few guidelines that you may want to go by when utilizing the technique. Keep reading to get the rundown of the do’s and don’ts involved with cowashing your hair.
You want to pay special attention to the type of ingredients that are inside of your conditioner. Assuming that you understand your hair type, you don’t want to use something that won’t work for your hair. For example, if you know that coconut oil makes your hair frizzy, then don’t use it. There’s no point in cowashing with something that doesn’t work for you. We’ve found that the best conditioners for cowashing are those that contain the most lightweight formulas because they don’t leave the hair feeling heavy or greasy.
When we deep condition our hair, we tend to use products that are a bit heavier and have lots of butters and oils in it so that it can saturate into the hair. When you’re trying to cowash your hair, that should not be the goal. You want for your hair to feel as light as possible because you’re not going to be washing it out with shampoo. Conditioners are best for coating the hair, and you don’t want to coat it with anything too heavy. Therefore, it’s best to treat it like you're shampooing your hair and not deep conditioning it.
On top of giving your hair an extra gentle cleanse during the week, it also helps in adding extra moisture. If you don’t want to go through an all out wash day, then it is wise to do a cowash in its place. Cowashing is not nearly as harsh as a shampoo, and your hair will thank you for the mid-week pick me up.
It gets so easy to forget to focus on your scalp when you're cowashing your hair for the simple reason that you usually don’t think about the scalp when applying conditioner. Because your conditioner is acting as a mild form of shampoo, you want to focus on getting rid of any slight buildup that might be on your scalp. So, when cowashing your hair, don’t forget to scrub!
Detangling is important if you want to prevent your hair from matting up and breaking off in general, but it is especially important when cowashing. Why? If your hair isn’t detangled, then all the product won’t be evenly distributed on the shaft. In other words, you could be defeating the purpose of cowashing your hair in the first place if you don’t detangle first. Use your fingers, and gentle detangle your hair right before you cowash. Trust, you’ll thank us later.
Again, you want to make sure that you treat your cowashing treatment just like you would if you were shampooing your hair. Would you leave any shampoo in your hair after washing it? Of course not. The same goes for your cowashing. Leaving conditioner in your hair when it’s not a leave-in can cause the hair to feel gummy and ultimately break off.
These are just some basic guidelines to cowashing your hair. We’re sure that you all can think of a lot more tips for your fellow hair sisters. Please share in the comments!
Authored by Bianca Scott