Do you wash your hair multiple times in the week? Instead of shampoo, try Cowashing! Here’s why.

A cowash conditioner moisturizes your curls while cleaning it gently. This is a great alternative to using shampoo multiple times during the week. If you workout, travel, r just prefer to wash hair every other day, cowashing between shampoo days will restore the moisture quotient in your hair.

Remember that any change you bring to your routine will usually take a while before your hair starts to accept it.

You can Shampoo -Cowash -Shampoo OR Shampoo -Cowash-Cowash -Shampoo. Try and see what routine works best for you depending on how your hair responds.

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Can you remove oil with cowashing?

Depends on how much oil you apply. If you drench your hair with oil for a “champi” or a hot oil treatment, you rather use a clarifying shampoo than a cowash conditioner to remove the grease out. I suggest, cowash on lazy days when you don’t have time to do anything else, not even prepoo!

OK, now concentrate – this is the juice

I LOVE cowashing

I cowash once or twice a week, depending on how my hair is behaving. If you cowash as often as I do, remember to clarify. You can either do an ACV Rinse after shampoo every 10 days OR do a Bentonite Clay Treatment every two weeks if you cowash. This will help you prevent buildup and scalp issues that come because of buildup.

How to Cowash Curly Hair 

This is the Curly Girl Method by Deva Curl Founder, Lorraine Massey. You will find this chronicled in her book, The Curly Girl Handbook, it’s a curly hair essential!

  • Let water gently pour over your hair. If you prefer to bathe, then gently pour water over your hair. Do this WITHOUT violating your hair – like when we woosh-and-swish the hair all over the place, trying very hard to get it all wet. NO. Stop that.
  • Get a blob of cowashing conditioner on your fingertips.
  • Massage your scalp first. Be careful not to disturb the curls, just focus on the scalp. Doing this will get you all that stimulation.
  • Massage some cowash conditoner in your hair now. Coat the outer layer- the top layer of your hair. Get all your hair to one side and then gently run your fingers through your hair to detangle.
  • Use Denman Brush or a Flexy Brush at this point helps in better product distribution – just don’t brush your scalp.
  • WORK with your conditioner, before rinsing out! Learn more about this technique from another article here.
  • Apply a normal conditioner now and Squish to Condish (STC): Collect water in your palm and shove it on your forehead/top of the head area. Do this three times. This will help get all that “extra” conditioner out from the front and you won’t feel your hair sticking to your scalp later.
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What is Squish to condish (STC)

Stand close to a tap, fill your palms with water and gently scrunch your hair with the water. This squishing technique makes sure the water and product go into the hair cuticles. Anjana, @curlsandbeautydiary explains this step beautifully here, and also in her article.

Best Cowash for Curly Hair

If you were looking to incorporate a cowash in your regime, here are a few options:



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Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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