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There are many ways to wash and condition your hair, but one method has recently gotten the curly hair community buzzing: the condition-wash-condition method.

This method is gaining popularity, putting it neck and neck with co-washing, and many are wondering what it is exactly. There's no right way to do it, only a right way for each person. Like everything in your curly hair routine, follow the steps below and then tweak the method until you get the best for you and your curls.

Does it Even Work?

For the curlies or the dry hair sufferers out there, the condition-wash-condition method is the perfect option to give hair a break. Many complained of co-washing because too much conditioner and not enough washing can cause dandruff, scalp itch, irritation and even breakouts.

If you’re one of those people who isn’t sure, or has already tried it, you might have not found the right way for you. Some people in hair forums discussed how they tried it months before and had not seen the difference. Those people tried it again, and found an amazing transformation. Products, duration of each step, and times per week all have to be considered in order to accommodate each individual.

Directions

Before beginning with the basic how-to, keep a couple things in mind. The first thing is that there is almost no way to mess this up. Rest assured that if it doesn’t work for you, you can simply change it up a bit to meet your needs. It’s the beauty of the system!

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly. This will help absorb the moisture and nutrients of the conditioner.
  2. Apply conditioner all over. Remember to avoid your scalp unless it’s dry.
  3. Work shampoo through the entire scalp. In the condition-wash-condition method, the conditioner should still remain on the rest of the hair.
  4. Rinse out both the conditioner and shampoo at the same time, riding them completely from your hair.
  5. Condition your hair once again, this time working from root to tip. You can use the same conditioner you used previously or use another conditioner of your choice.
  6. Rinse again while taking care not to scrub or strain the hair.

Overall, the condition-wash-condition method is straight forward, but your options for how you approach it are all your own. Beginning with the first couple of steps, some people prefer to apply their conditioner and leave it in their hair from 5 to 20 minutes. For this reason, a deep conditioner can be used instead in either of the conditioning steps.  In fact, many curlies prefer to use a deep conditioner in the second conditioning.

Which shampoo and conditioner you use are super important to this process. Use a shampoo you trust or, while following the condition-wash-condition method, replace your shampoo or wash with a more diluted version.

Also, many CurlTalkers mentioned adding additional steps to the process, like a leave-in conditioner at the end, or continuing other weekly regiments alongside the method, like hot oil treatments.

  MORE: Join the CurlTalk condition-wash-condition method conversation!

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Wow a lot of people liked this article! I'm going to try to address all questions, but thank you all for the comments!!! finite33, Shampoo does not have to be sulfate free, but I highly recommend it. BouncyCuteCurls16, try using a cheaper conditioner for the first conditioning. The first step with a cheaper conditioner softens the hair enough for detangling (as morgann0215 mentions in her comment!) Hope that helps everyone! Let me know if you need anything else. ... Catch me on my Twitter handle, @SamanthaBerley
I think the reason for the condition-wash-condition method is for people who are prone to more tangles after washing their hair with regular shampoo. That extra conditioner at the beginning may help with less tangles. I may try this.
Thanks for the article. I tried this method for the first time yesterday and it really worked for my hair type. I used a cheap conditioner (Herbal Essence) with my shampoo (Bed Head) and then I deep conditioner with a better quality conditioner. My hair was easy to detangle and very moisturized. Excellent idea!
What is the point of using conditioner with the shampoo, and then using conditioner again? I'm a bit confused by this, plus that's a lot of conditioner I have to go through.
I wonder if using a 2 in 1 poo conditioner would work the same?
Am I right when I assume the shampoo should be sulfate free?
this is the method described by lorraine massey in her first curly girl book.

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