Shampooing your hair every day can rob it of its natural oils and cause it to become dried out and difficult to manage. Hair stylists generally recommend shampooing every two or three days. Some women are going even further and not using shampoo at all. Co-washing, or washing hair with conditioner only, can help make certain hair types healthier and easier to manage.
Benefits of Co-Washing
Co-washing can be beneficial to your hair. It allows the natural oils from your scalp to cleanse and moisturize the hair and scalp. It can condition your hair and can provide mild cleansing with the agents in the conditioner.
Co-washing can also make your hair easier to style. When hair has just been washed, it can be limp and difficult to hold in place. Co-washing can help you keep a complicated hairstyle looking how you want it.
Hair Types That Can Benefit from Co-Washing
Co-washing produces the best results when the technique is used on thick, coarse, dry, or curly hair. These hair types need extra moisture and can easily become dried out and frizzy if they are shampooed too often. If your hair is thin and fine, co-washing will not add texture; it will make your hair look flat and oily. If your hair tends to get dry in the cold winter months, co-washing can help. It can replenish moisture and reinvigorate your hair.
How to Co-Wash Your Hair
In order to minimize buildup on your hair, you should use a conditioner specifically designed for co-washing. Start out with a light conditioner and use a heavier formula if necessary. If you are prone to dandruff, use an anti-dandruff conditioner to keep your scalp healthy. Start out by applying conditioner on the ends of your hair and then work your way up to the scalp. If you worked out and your hair is sweaty, you should use shampoo.
It may take some time for your hair to adjust to the new routine of washing with conditioner only. Your hair may feel oily after the first few days of co-washing. You should start the new routine gradually to avoid shocking your hair and give it time to adjust. Hair stylists generally recommend co-washing once a week to reduce the effects of over-shampooing without shocking your hair.
Make an Appointment for a Haircut at The Beauty Bar
Co-washing can keep your hair moisturized and healthy and make it easier to style. You can also keep your locks in good condition by getting regular trims. If you are due for a haircut, make an appointment at The Beauty Bar in Southington, Connecticut. We can help you maintain your current look or choose a new style. Schedule your appointment today.