Conditioner washing is a gentle way to clean hair without stripping natural oils. Conditioners don’t contain harsh detergents, that are normally found in traditional shampoos. They use gentle cationic surfactants with mild cleansing properties. They also contain a variety of moisturizing and conditioning ingredients. Including co-washing in your regimen can give your hair a break from harsh, chemical-filled shampoos. You can co-wash as often as you feel like it, without causing further hair and scalp dehydration. Many people have noticed that going shampoo-free makes their hair softer, frizz-free, and easier to detangle and style.
Make sure to regularly clarify to prevent product build-up.
Cleansing conditioners can be used to cleanse and condition your hair in one step. You can also use regular conditioner to co-wash effectively, but keep in mind that deep conditioners and protein conditioners are not suitable for co-washing. Specific co-washing products labeled as cleansing conditioners are often made for specific hair types. When you are choosing a conditioner to co-wash your hair, look at the label carefully to ensure that the product will work for your hair type. Look at the ingredients list to ensure that your co-washing formula is free of sulfates, silicones, and parabens. Stay away from products that contain ingredients that end with the suffixes -cone, -xane, or -conol. The non-soluble silicones are difficult to wash out of hair and require a sulfate shampoo to remove silicone buildup.
Moisturizing properties of co-washing conditioners make these products especially suitable for naturally curly or wavy hair. Harsh shampoo detergents are extremely damaging to curly hair. Conditioner washing helps define curls and makes them feel softer. If you’re willing to give co-washing method a try, there are some co-wash conditioners designed to specifically target curly hair. These products offer gentle cleansing and provide optimal curl hydration.
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser is made for dry and curly hair. It promises to clean hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Other benefits include frizz control, brilliant shine, and soft, bouncy curls. It won’t build up over time or weigh hair down.
If you care about what you put on your hair and scalp, it may be worth trying this cleansing conditioner because it is formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients. Bellow, you can see the full list of ingredients with the assigned toxicity level according to EWG safety standards. Only one ingredient (Behentrimonium Chloride) has been classified as a medium health concern, while other ingredients have been ranked as non-toxic and are considered safe to use in personal care products.
In addition to conditioning ingredients, this co-wash conditioner also contains natural cleansing ingredients such as African Black Soap extract and Kaolin Clay.
PURA D’OR Moisture Protect Cleansing Conditioner is a gentle co-wash formula made for dry, frizzy, distressed, tangled and knotted hair.
It comes with an impressive ingredient list and is free of harmful chemicals and cruelty. Certified organic plant extracts and oils help restore dry damaged hair, giving it a healthy shine.
This co-wash helps maintain the moisture inside the hair and makes your hair soft, weightless, and easy to comb. It leaves the curls more defined and makes curly hair softer and much more manageable.
As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner works best for 3 and 4 hair types and for wavy hair that feels dry.
This light no-suds conditioning cream contains cationic surfactants that are capable of breaking down sebum and styling product residue. The addition of natural oils and humectants helps seal in moisture. It provides nice slip for detangling and contains a blend of natural ingredients that work to promote healthy hair growth. The mild coconut scent doesn’t linger in your hair.
The product comes in a jar. Some people wish there was a pump for more convenience, while others prefer the current, environmentally-friendly packaging solution.
How to Use: Wet hair thoroughly to make co-washing more effective. Rub a generous amount of product in your palms and spread it through your hair until it feels saturated. Massage scalp with your fingertips just as you would a shampoo. Carefully detangle hair using a wide-tooth comb. Rinse thoroughly.
Macadamia Oil Flawless is multi-tasking hair product that leaves hair feeling clean and hydrated without stripping the color. It makes combing effortless, reduces frizz, and cuts down on drying time. It leaves hair soft, shiny and makes the styling process much easier.
How to Use: Take 1 to 2 pumps and apply to soaking wet hair. Gently massage throughout the hair for 3 to 5 minutes, spreading the product over the hair and scalp area. Add more water to help spread the product if needed. Comb through using your fingers or a comb. Rinse thoroughly.
Rotate the Flawless with your normal shampoo or clarify regularly if you use it in place of shampoo.
NATURALICIOUS Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment (Curly/Wavy Edition) is claimed to do the work of five products. The product gently cleanses hair and removes excess toxins, impurities, and product buildup. It also acts as smoothing conditioner, detangler, deep conditioner and leave in conditioner.
Naturalicious Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment is formulated with natural ingredients. It is sulfate free, mineral oil free, paraben free, and gluten-free. The treatment is infused with natural mineral clay and is rich in silica, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Cocoa butter and olive oil nourish your scalp and keep your hair soft and easy to detangle.
How to Use: Shake well before using. Wet hair thoroughly, then apply a generous amount of the Clay Treatment. Make sure you coat all of the hair evenly with the product. Massage it into your scalp and hair, then gently detangle. Don’t let the product to dry too much. Rinse quite well to make sure you have washed little sand bits out of your hair.
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