I fully understand that typically speaking Co-Washing was not intended for my hair type: thick, wavy but fairly manageable, I also know that the concept is better suited for those with curly and/or more unruly hair. That however does not stop me from trying to adapt the concept for my needs, it has been a fairly lengthy process due to the aforementioned reasons - I guess a little like trying to squeeze into a pair of too small jeans and yet with persistence I have found a product that works for me. If you have been thinking about giving up on shampoo for any reason, make sure you try Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner.
In case you are not familiar with the concept of co-washing and/or have yet to try it for yourself, let me briefly explain. As you may have imagined co-washing is just as it sounds, washing the hair with conditioner - in most cases completely forgoing shampoo or at least drastically cutting back on soapy suds. For some they may only rely on shampoo every 4-6 weeks, or simply whenever they feel their hair needs to be traditionally cleansed. Of course this concept is not for everyone, if you have fine and/or oily hair to rely on conditioner and water to remove oil would be utter madness. However for those with curly and/or drier hair types it can make all the difference - hair can be more manageable, easier to comb and of course softer.
I don't have curly hair and yet it is not straight, it is wavy but think more tightly coiled waves verging on curls, rather than glorious beach ready waves. My other problem is that my hair is naturally very, very thick (like rope) and dry, I wash my hair because it feels like the right think to do rather than because it is oily or dirty. The conundrum with such habit is that the more I wash it, the greasier it becomes - a vicious never ending circle. A friend gently suggested that I should try co-washing, which I of course did and truthfully I wasn't all that impressed with the results - my hair became lank, weighted down and generally felt un-clean. The problem? I wasn't co-washing properly, I didn't do my research and used products that contained sulphates hence the sticky, tacky hair situation.
After a little research I stumbled upon Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner and now see the light. This lightweight, sulphate-free cleansing conditioner delivers all I expected co-washing to be and then some. It gently removes any product build up, oil and general dirt, all the while leaving my hair beautifully cared for. Gone is the unbearable dry, coarseness and any signs of frizz too, as it is sulphate-free there is no greasy residue nor oily texture like I have reported in the past. I should also mention that this does not lather and has the most glorious fresh coconut scent, coupled with a thick yet easy to apply/spread texture, that instantly nourishes and protects. My eyes have been opened and I now only traditionally shampoo my hair when it dictates it needs a little extra help, rather than out of habit.
If you have been toying with the concept of co-washing but have not found a product to tempt you as of yet, do keep Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner in mind. Not only is effective but it is fairly inexpensive too at just £6.99 for a huge 473ml bottle, a bottle in which has lasted me and my butt length hair well over a month now.
What are your thoughts on co-washing and more importantly do you have any tips to get the most from the process?
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner £6.99 - link