What Is Co-Washing, And Should You Try It?

What Is Co-Washing, And Should You Try It

A new trend is popping up in the hair world – and it’s got to do with all sorts of amazing benefits for your luscious locks. Co-washing is short for ‘conditioner washing’, whereby you cleanse your hair with your favourite conditioner instead of grabbing for the shampoo first. It’s a low-lather, soap-free alternative to traditional shampoo.

Shampooing your hair too often will remove natural oils and proteins that keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Being a part of the no-shampoo movement is a gentler alternative to the norm.

So why should you try it? Well, if you have hair, there are plenty of reasons to give co-washing a go.

Thick and curly hair

Textured hair has a natural tendency to be drier than straighter types. The natural oils on your scalp have a difficult time navigating through curls. All conditioners have particular amounts of gentle cleansers in them, and they should be used more frequently to clean curly or wavy hair. Using a conditioner-only regimen will result in creating beautifully nourished coils as well as the prevention of split ends.

Traditional conditioners are only meant to condition, not cleanse, so to get the right results for your curls, you must use a product that is specifically meant for co-washing – otherwise you’ll be left with limp locks that weighs everything down.

If you have thick, curly hair, you’re the ideal candidate for this no-shampoo movement!

Damaged hair

Consider adding a cleansing conditioner to your routine if your hair is damaged. It will improve manageability and will aid in the detangling process. Heading for the conditioner is a great way to remove build-up and residue without stripping your hair dry, and it will help your hair to retain moisture.

Most damage happens from heat (dryers, straighteners, curlers), making your hair sensitive and requiring a bit of TLC. Your co-wash strategy will mean a cleaner scalp with creating a healthy hair environment.

Colour treated hair

Using a cleansing conditioner, you’ll find your locks getting the hydration they need, a softening of the strands, and a prevention of breakage. Sure, co-washing works on various hair types, but it works especially well on colour treated hair. If you’ve had some lightning done, then your strands will be drier than usual. Conditioning will work to hydrate your hair while thoroughly cleansing it at the same time.

A no-shampoo regimen will stop your hair from over-drying as well as slow down the fading process by preventing the pigments from being stripped away. You’ll find your hair colour looking fresh and vibrant between colouring sessions!

Not for all hair types

If your hair is thin, fine and fragile, you may want to skip the cleansing conditioner process. It will make your locks appear flat and oily, but if you really want to give it a go, focus the product on the ends only as applying conditioner to the scalp can weigh the hair down.

Avoid a cleansing conditioner-only routine if you have oily hair. You’ll be adding oil rather than removing it – which is what shampooing does. Same goes for those with scalp conditioners like dermatitis and psoriasis with the possibility of further irritation – stick to your regular shampooing routine and check with your doctor before starting any new hair routine with different products.


The latest generation of cleansing conditioners has bridged the gap between cleaning and moisturising, offering the most gentle rinse your hair has ever received with smoothing follicles and eliminating the frizzes. Call in to see one of our hair consultants and experts to talk more about co-washing, and we can help you on your way to a new hair routine that will see you raving about your locks in no time.