For those who aren't in the know, co-washing is when you skip a shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you're a daily or a weekly washer. This type of hair care usually works best for thicker hair. If you have thick straight, curly or afro hair then this is a great hair hack you must remember! If it is good enough for Solange Knowles then it’s good enough for our clients…
Your first step to successful co-washing is to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo on the days you are using one. Sulfates are powerful degreasers that will literally strip the oil from your hair.
Secondly pick the right conditioner, just read the ingredients on the bottle and look for these silicones:
• Dimethicone Copolyl
• PEG Modified Dimethicone
These are the water soluble silicones. If you conditioner contains these, you’re good to go!
Thirdly work out what works for you… it is totally a personal preference. If keep to your current regimen, just eliminate the shampoo step every other time. So if you normally wash your hair once a week, keep washing your hair once a week.
End goal: something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage.