By Hadassah Agbaps - September 21, 2012

Conditioner washing a.k.a co washing is a method of washing hair without the use of shampoos. Hair conditioners are used alone to wash the hair.
Naturals with very kinky, tightly coiled hair will benefit from this type of washing as unlike shampoos it cleans the hair without stripping it of natural oils.
If you notice your hair gets dry, dull and hard easily, this may be your miracle!
Conditioners contain emoillents, detanglers, softeners and moisturising agents in addition to mild cleansers.

- Softens and moisturises hair for longer. Very good for transitioners because it softens new growth so less breakage at point where relaxed hair meets curly hair.
- Reduces tangles.
- Defines curls/coils. You get to see your real curl pattern.
- Hair grows longer as the hair breaks less.

- Over use of conditioner can soften the hair to the point where it breaks. So moderation is the key.
If you hair feels too stretchy and limp, you've overconditioned.
This can be reversed by doing a protein treatment with eggs or using commercial protein conditioners.


-Look for inexpensive conditioners that do not contain proteins. ( no hydrolysed collagen, keratin or wheat protein).

- Shampoo hair if it's your first time of co washing.

- Part hair into two or four sections depending on hairlength and thickness.

- Apply conditioner to each section of wet or dry hair.

- Leave conditioner in for five to ten minutes.

- Wash scalp with fingertips by massaging in direction of hair growth.

- Detangle hair gently from tips to root using a widetooth comb.

Optional: Twist each detangled section.

-Rinse using cold water. This adds shine.

- Blot dry without disturbing curl pattern, apply oil/ butter and leave to air dry.

Because this method of washing is gentler on natural hair, you can cowash whenever your hair is dirty or sweaty.
However, do not cowash often as constant wetting and drying causes hair to expand and contract which can weaken it. Limit washing to once / twice a week.

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