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Conditioner Washing
The New Way to Shampoo

conditioner washingIf you're not conditioner washing, then where have you been? Do you get up every single morning to go through the tedious ritual of shampooing and then conditioning your hair for a wash n' go hair style?  Well, listen up!  Stop shampooing right now!

 

I know you think I might be crazy but I promise you that thousands(if not millions) of people do this every single day.  Wash hair with conditioner instead of shampoo!  Enjoy softer, smoother, more moisturized hair while not compromising clean hair.  In this article, I'll explain co-washing, how to do one and some of the benefits of conditioner only washing.

What is the art of washing with conditioner?

Conditioner washing is referred to by several names including:  Co-washing, conditioner-only washing, conditioner rinse.  Simply put, it means washing hair with conditioner.  Just as you take shampoo and massage it into your roots and hair, you do the same with conditioner.  Amazingly, it cleanses your hair - but gently.

Why on earth would I only use conditioner?

There are many reasons why you can choose to do a conditioner only wash:  

Co-washes keep your hair moisturized and super conditioned.  Many naturally curly women do co-washes daily to help them maintain frizz free moisturized curls.  Conditioner washes help your hair hold on to moisture because you are constantly opening the hair cuticle and putting vital moisture (water and conditioner) into your hair.  The more often you conditioner wash, the better your results will be.

 

How do you do a conditioner wash?

It's pretty simple to do a co wash:

  1. Rinse your hair thoroughly in the shower.  At this time you can divide it into two sections if your hair is long and curly.
  2. Get a cheap conditioner like Suave or V05.  You don't want to use anything expensive because you will use a lot of it and you want something somewhat thin to penetrate your hair quickly.  Take the conditioner and apply a dollop to your hair over and over again until you have thoroughly saturated your hair.
  3. Massage the conditioner into your hair and rub your scalp with your fingertips to cleanse it.
  4. Next, take your shower comb and gently comb through your hair.
  5. Pin it up and finish your shower.
  6. Rinse.  You can rinse 100% but I prefer rinsing about 90-95% when co-washing especially with curls to avoid frizz.

What hair types should do a conditioner rinse?

All! 

 

If your hair is curly, you are a prime candidate for conditioner rinses.  They will keep your hair fresh and define your curls.  Your hair will also smell wonderful from the various scents of the Suave and V05 conditioners!

 

If your hair is relaxed, you can follow the exact same method above.  In fact, to give your hair a break, do conditioner only washes for 5 days in a row.  Your hair will become super conditioned and soft.

Can I request a conditioner only wash at a salon?

Hmm, probably not!  See, when you got to a hair salon, they want your hair completely stripped of all former styling products so they always shampoo your hair and it is usually stripping!  I would suggest that you do not request a conditioner wash at a salon - they might look at you like you're crazy!

 

Instead, do your co-washes at home for curly hair styling and to give your relaxed hair a break.

Is there anything else I should know?

Yes, just a couple of things.  

 

Never, ever use a protein conditioner to do a conditioner only wash!  Protein conditioners are made to be used only occasionally to add strength to hair.  Protein can lead to hard, brittle, and fragile hair if not used correctly.  Always use a light conditioner for a co-wash.

 

Also, you will need to occasionally wash your hair with shampoo.  My recommendation would be every other week if you're doing conditioner rinses daily.  This will remove all remnants of styling products and any conditioner build-up so that you are ready to style your hair straight or start over with conditioner washes.

Conclusion

Conditioner washes are a wonderful way to keep your hair clean and moisturized at the exact same time!  Try various scents of Suave and V05 conditioners to keep it fun.  Experiment with how much conditioner to leave in your hair.  Figure out when it's a good time to shampoo your hair and start all over again! I hope you have fun with your conditioner washes!

 

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