Naturally curly, coily, and wavy hair is like a delicate flower that is both beautiful and needs loving attention. As the weather has become cooler, many are realizing the importance of moisture retention by combatting the dry heat from indoors and the arctic blasts from outdoors. It is definitely a challenge when you add wearing cotton and wool that whisk away the moisture in our hair on contact.

During this time of the year many use cleansing conditioners to stave off the harsh results of some shampoos. Co-washing or conditioner washing is cleansing the hair with a botanical conditioner that tends to be gentler on textured hair. Many curlies following the Curly Girl Method (CG method) by Lorraine Massey use this method and have found it to be quite effective at reducing frizz and retaining moisture. I am not here to give shampoos a bad name, as cleansing is a necessary component of a healthy hair regimen. Shampoos are used for cleansing our hair but many have harsh surfactants like sodium laurel sulfate or a blend of several surfactants and they tend to rob the moisture from our tresses.

I personally only use cleansing conditioners year-round with a couple of exceptions for coloring my hair and a clarifying shampoo whenever necessary. There are many others who do the same but even if you do not this is a great time to see how your hair responds to them now that the weather is requiring we take extra care to keep our moisture intact. If you are considering it then we have a list of the top ten that are sure to please.

Top 10 Co-Washes and Cleansing Conditioners