Co-washing is short for conditioner-only washing, but it is much more than just skipping the shampoo part of your shower. Instead, co-washing replaces the shampoo with conditioner. Why would this be useful? Well, there are many benefits of co-washing:
Allows natural oils to cleanse and condition hair and scalp
Some shampoos can strip your hair and scalp of essential oils, drying it out and causing frizzy hair. Co-washing allows you to clean your hair without removing the moisture.
Helps alleviate dandruff
Dandruff can often occur when your scalp is dry or irritated. Thanks to the moisturizing nature of co-washing, and the increase in natural oils, your scalp should be feeling more hydrated, nourished, and less sensitive.
Better curl definition
The rules of curls are very simple: no moisture, no curls. Period. Co-washing curly hair is great as it gives your hair the moisture it craves, allowing you to have gorgeous, defined curls!
Fewer knots and tangles
There’s nothing more annoying or painful than going to brush your hair and finding it’s all tangled up! Co-washing will make your hair silky smooth, helping to reduce those annoying knots!
If fewer tangles and more moisturized hair weren’t good enough reasons, co-washing is also great at decreasing hair shedding and breakage. If you have dry hair, you know that it can break and damage more easily. Thanks to the extra moisture your hair receives when co-washing, your locks will look and feel healthier and will break less often! If you’re looking for more ways to reduce hair breakage, why not check out our article on how to get rid of split ends?