Should you only use only a conditioner to wash your hair?
What is co-washing?
Co-washing is short for conditioner-only washing, that involves washing your hair using conditioners instead of shampoo. It might sound totally weird, but it works superbly especially if you have curly or wavy hair. This is because, if you have dry, curly or wavy hair and wash your hair daily, chances are regular shampooing makes your hair more prone to dryness and frizz (since shampoo is laden with chemicals that strips the hair off the natural oils). Instead, just using a conditioner to wash your hair helps retain moisture and makes your hair shiny and smooth.
How often should you co-wash your hair?
If you wash your hair every day, just skip the shampoo twice a week and use conditioner instead. However, if you have straight and fine hair, just co-washing could weigh down your hair and make it limp. Also, if you have dandruff, shampoo is recommended.
Since I have wavy hair, I decided to try co-washing since it sounded rather promising. My hair type is pretty normal so, a wash every other day works for my tresses. However, since I have bangs, I have to wash them everyday; else they turn rather oily and flat. I started by washing my hair and then applying an appropriate bit of conditioner through three-fourths of my hair length. I massaged my hair for a minute or two before washing my hair and letting it air dry. The first thing I noticed was how soft my hair looked and felt; plus, a lot shinier. The only thing I didn’t like was how flat my hair looked, which made me realise that only co-washing might not work for me. Instead, I alternate it between shampoo washes.
My hair hasn’t looked better.
Why don’t you guys give this a try and tell me, how it worked for you?