The Guide To Co-Washing Natural Hair

Co-washing is becoming extremely popular with naturals. But why? What if I told you the best shampoo for natural black hair was NO shampoo at all? Would you believe me?

Well, you don't have to believe me, you can take the advice of thousands of women that have the habit of co-washing natural hair on a regular basis. But before we talk about the benefits of this technique, let's explain what it is. I'm pretty sure someone is reading this right now thinking "What is a co wash???"...

What is co-washing?

To co-wash natural hair simply means to wash your hair with conditioner instead of with shampoo. In other words, it's "conditioner washing". Many naturals have taken to this method of cleansing their hair without shampoo, but why?

The answer is simple, when you avoid using shampoo you are avoiding all of the harsh detergents, polymers, binders and fillers — in other words, all the harmful things that strip your natural hair and scalp of all of its healthy properties and nutrients. When you co-wash natural hair you're cleansing with natural essential oils, botanicals and extracts.

 co-wash cleansing conditioner
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This leaves your hair in its healthiest state and giving your hair the best chance of staying hydrated and healthy after your wash.

Most co-washing conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers in them. Thousands of naturals can tell you that using conditioner to wash your hair works perfectly fine. Your hair is left clean, nourished and hydrated.

A curly girl has to take all measures to ensure that curls stay hydrated. A “no-poo” hair regimen that consists of regular co-washing can create beautifully nourished waves and curls.

Co-washing natural hair has become so popular that many natural hair care product companies are making co-washing cleansing conditioners along with gentle sulfate-free shampoos. Some women are OK with the gentle sulfate-free types and view them as the best shampoo for naturals, others avoid any type of shampoo regardless of claims that they are gentle on hair. It's an individual decision.

20 Top Co-Wash & Cleansing Conditioners

In an effort to embrace or capitalize on the co-washing trend, many hair care companies are now offering co-wash and cleansing conditioners.

Co-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method. It is a component of the “no poo movement,” these products can be used as an all-in-one product that cleans, hydrates, and conditions the hair in one step. They gently cleanse with no suds or sulfates, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis.

  1. WEN Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean
  2. DevaCare No Poo 
  3. Nothing But Co-washing Conditioner
  4. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  5. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Co-Wash Conditioner
  6. L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
  7. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
  8. As I Am Cleansing Pudding
  9. Mizani Co-Wash Conditioning Cream
  10. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash
  11. Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing CoWash
  12. Sheamoisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser
  13. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
  14. Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner
  15. L`Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner
  16. Darcy's Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Cream
  17. Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair
  18. Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner
  19. Curly Q's Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream
  20. Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

If you want to learn more about how to co-wash natural hair check out this infographic below that was made by Krystal from www.youngblacknappy.com, she gives you some nice co washing tips.

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Is Co-Washing Right For You?

So are you wondering if co-washing is best for your hair? Everyones hair is different to some extent but in general, if your hair is kinky, very curly or tends to dry out quickly, there's a good chance co-washing may help your hair. Conditioners help cleanse your hair because they many have traces of a detergent type called cationic surfactants, or “quats” for short. (Some common types that you may see on the ingredient list of your conditioners are behentrimonium and chloridecetrimonium.)

When mixed with water, the trace detergents wash away dirt, leaving your unshampooed hair feeling clean but not totally stripped of its natural oils. And of course, your hair gets conditioned from the conditioners that you are washing with. Washing without harsh shampoo helps your hair keep more of its natural oils and the conditioner's moisturizing agents help leave hair strands silkier and softer than shampooed hair.

Assuming that they have healthy scalps, women with color-processed hair may also benefit from co-washing their hair because it will help them go longer before needing another salon treatment. Co-washing hair doesn’t strip your strands of pigment the way that traditional shampoo cleansing can. So it may save you money and a few trips to the salon when you co wash hair. But there are people who don't have a need to co-wash hair.

If you don't have any problem with your hair getting too dry or brittle after washing, you may not have any need for co-washing. It never hurts to try it out for a set period of time and see how your hair responds.

Who Should NOT Co-Wash Hair?

There are also women who should not co-wash hair at all. This would usually be people with really straight or limp hair, hair that could easily get weighed down with oils. Also, women with naturally oily scalps or dermatitis should avoid co-washing as well. Co-washing by itself will not help either condition and could even make things worse, women with these conditions should stick to their regular shampoo and conditioner routine.

Curly Kids Coloring Book - Natural Hair Styles For Kids

Curl Centric has created a new natural hair styles for kids coloring book to give children a positive portrayal of curly-haired people, so they don’t feel isolated by one of their defining features.

Unfortunately, kinky curly hair is often considered a nuisance for those who have it, but its true potential is far more varied than straight hair can be. Unfortunately for curly-haired children, their minority status can see them subject to bullying and derision. As such, it is important that this is counterbalanced with positive messages.

Because the media can't be counted on to portray curly hair in a positive light, people have been left looking for alternatives, and Curl Centric has provided one. They have just published a new Natural Hair Coloring Book for children with curly hair.

The Curly Kids Coloring Book is a new product, and was created because Curl Centric understands the importance of representation. It is important for little girls with textured hair to see images that look like them. The coloring book features more than thirty different images, including action shots, mermaids, princesses and ballerinas with natural hair.

The girls in the coloring books have also arranged their hair in a variety of styles that range from cornrow braids, puffs, two strand twists, bantu knots, wash and gos, locs and many more, to show girls with curly hair the amazing potential their hair has to be defined and redefined.

A spokesperson for Curl Centric explained, “Those with naturally curly hair in the media tend to straighten it, leaving little girls without role models. The coloring book is designed to fill that void and offset the lack of representation. This is just the beginning however, and showing girls it’s possibly to have a curly-haired princess or action hero will open them up to a world of possibilities for their own hair, many of which can be found on our website. The book is available now at Amazon for $5.99.


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I wholeheartedly agree with what Curl Centric is doing, they realize that little girls need to see themselves and associate representations of themselves as something pleasant and positive. Natural hair styles for kids is something to be proud of and they need to know that as they grow up. I look forward to seeing more and more products like this in the future, they are long overdue.
  • If you think that products like this are important, you need to show your support and let others know about it too. Many positive products die on the shelf because they don't get the same level of attention as less-valuable products that get promoted.
  • The Curly Kids Coloring Book contains more than 30 coloring pages for little girls. The coloring book features a wide variety of natural hair styles for kids, the little girls are wearing natural hair buns, puffs, braids, afros (or low styles), updos, twist-outs, and bantu-knots. Get the colored pencils, crayons, water colors and makers ready. The coloring book is recommended for children age 1 year and older.

(Buy The Coloring Book Here...)

20 Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair [Video]

Do you want a variety of hairstyles for natural curly hair? Today's featured BlackHairOMG pro is Bianca Renee. She goes through and demonstrates 21 quick and easy hairstyles for naturally curly hair.

These black hairstyles only take a few minutes to do and give you a lot of freedom to get creative and change them around some yourself. The only items she used in the video was 3 scrunchies, 500,000 bobby pins (just joking), an EZ beaded comb and an old sock with a hole in the end.Hairstyles for Natural Curly Hair

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly... An old sock with a hole in it. But hey, whatever works, right? Watch Bianca do her thing and teach you a bunch of great curly girl hairstyles below in the video.

This was a great video because so many women have really curly hair and have no clue about what to do with it.

If you want more hairstyles for natural curly hair for school, work or play, you should subscribe to BiancaReneeToday and tell her that BlackHairOMG sent you! She has great tutorials about eliminating curly hair frizz, making faux bangs and many curly-haired women love her vids because she actually has curly hair instead of wavy. So if that's what you're looking for, you just found it.