Infographic: How to Co-Wash Natural Hair

Co-Wash Natural Hair

UPDATE: We’ve been getting a lot of questions about which co-washes or cleansing conditioners we would recommend, so we wanted to help! While it’s imperative that you find the right conditioner that works for your unique hair, here are a few products we’ve heard nothing but good things about :)

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Cleansing Conditioner
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
Soultanicals Curlplay – Intense Cowash Treatment
Koils by Nature Ultra Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner

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35 comments on “Infographic: How to Co-Wash Natural Hair

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  4. Great infographic. Very useful. Thanks for sharing. These tips can help hair from damage. When there isn’t proper washing of hair, it may leads to damage or occurs tangles. Yes, if there isn’t proper washing of hair, shampoo and its chemicals will set on the roots of hair and that causes hair loss.

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  6. This was very helpful.
    I going to try to keep my 7yr old daughter’s hair natural and also encourage her to love on her natural
    hair as she grows into adulthood.

  7. So how often do you recommend washing the hair with shampoo? Also won’t my hair be dirtier with only conditioner and oil in it?

    • Great questions! I, personally don’t ever “recommend” traditional shampoo for natural hair. For some, it’s a preference, but you never “need” it for hair to be clean. Your scalp is what you should really focus on cleansing; normal shampoos will strip that AND your strands of beneficial natural oils.

      When you cowash, you can rinse all the conditioner out if you’d like. My hair is very coarse and thick, so I always leave a bit in for extra moisture. Your hair won’t feel dirty unless you allow lots of sweat and product to build up over time.

  8. Hi I have a 2 year old with Afro hair I have ginger hair so I never know what to do with her hair so if anyone has any good tips for me I would be very great full thanks x

  9. I’m white but have kinda black curly hair because my dad bas like coarse afro hair and my mom has wavy hair. My hair has been through a lot.iv been expermenting……I used to wash my hair with shampoo….and it driend out my locks. But co washing really helps to moisterize. I use wen and I love it. Thanks for the routine. I love my locks..!

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  11. I have been using the co washing method for a while now and I love it. It works great for me. Cant wait to start tying out the new shampoo and conditioner recipes.

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  14. Reblogged this on derby city naturals and commented:
    Co-washing or conditioner only washing is a method used by many naturals to rinse their hair of existing product and sweat while adding moisture back into the hair. It is not a replacement for cleansing the hair, but this technique can be used between washes to avoid over-drying effects of shampoo. Check out this awesome info-graphic from YoungBlackNappy.

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