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I remember the first time I saw the word "co wash" on a blog. The concept didn't make sense to me, and I couldn't quite understand why everyone was hopping on the anti-shampoo bandwagon with this one. Then, I ran out and bought a lifetime supply of Aussie Moist because Kala of The KG Lifestyle recommended it. My life was never the same after that.

Conditioner Wash(ing)--

Definition:

Using conditioner or a conditioner-like cream based product to cleanse the hair, as an alternative to shampoo. Also known as co-wash, cowash, co wash, and c/w.

Used in a sentence:

"I typically co-wash my hair twice a week, and then use a shampoo to clarify at the end of the month."

How it Affects Hair:

The co-wash movement has picked up steam in recent years, thanks to brands like Wen pumping our haircare practices in the mainstream. Co-washing is a method that can be adopted if you are interested in maximum moisture retention in hair, and don't generally have a lot of buildup. Conditioner has gentle surfactants that will lift light build-up, dirt, and oils from the hair while avoiding stripping it dry, The result is gently cleansed hair that is soft, smooth, and moisturized.

Products:

In all honesty, you can use regular ol' conditioner to cleanse the hair gently. Click here for more on that. My personal favorites are Aussie Moist, Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner, and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa and Tea Tree Tingle. You can opt to purchase a product specific for co-washing if you choose. Many naturals love As I Am Coconut Cowash and DevaCurl No Poo.


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