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Get Schooled: Co-Washing 101

School’s back in session, so it’s time for a little hair care lesson. Today’s subject: Co-Washing. If you’re already an avid co-washer or just starting out, take notes! We have some valuable advice to share on scoring an A+ on the overall health of your hair.

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Chapter One: What is a Co-Wash?

Co-washing stands for conditioner-only washing, also known as cleaning your hair with conditioner rather than shampoo.

Chapter Two: Why Co-Washing?

Co-washing gently, yet effectively, rids the hair of dirt and buildup while nourishing and conditioning the hair. It’s a high slip cleanser that helps with detangling and leaves the hair feeling hydrated, soft, and silky!

Chapter Three: Who should Co-Wash?

Raise your hand if you have color-treated, coarse, unruly, thick or dry hair… If your hand is raised, your hair would benefit tremendously from a co-wash! It’s an ultra-hydrating conditioner-wash, that gently cleanses without ridding the hair of its essential, natural oils. Using a co-wash like our Avocado and Quinoa Co-Wash can actually extend the life of color-treated hair, because “Co-washing doesn’t strip strands of pigment the way traditional cleansing can.” Our Co-Wash also contains a lot of shea butter, one of the best natural solutions to gently detangle hair and enhance softness, texture and feel.

Chapter Four: How do you Co-Wash?

One of the most common misconceptions about co-washing is that it should be used as a complete replacement to your normal shampoo and conditioner routine… And that’s simply not right! Your scalp collects build-up over time from using products like hairspray, cream, gel, and of course, dry shampoo. No matter how clean your hair feels after co-washing, the leftover residue from your favorite hair products still lingers on your scalp and that can clog the hair follicle. This can lead to an itchy scalp, irritation, and hair loss (GASP!). To prevent this from happening, we recommend using a clarifying shampoo like our Be Gentle, Be Kind Superfoods Shampoo in between co-washing. This will give your hair and scalp a nice deep clean, without stripping it of the oils it needs.

Some people are more visual learners, so to sum up our Co-Washing 101 course, we’re handing it off to YouTube star and beauty guru Shadh to wrap things up!