Why Co-Wash When You Could Be Curly?
Conditioning washing, or co-washing is the number one solution for managing dry, curly hair that tends to become frizzy. Not only does it solve some of the common hassles curly girls face, but it also makes curly hair look beautiful.
Wavy or curly hair tends to be drier, as the natural oils from the scalp can't navigate the twisty hair shafts as easily as it does on straight hair.
Since most conditioners contain a little bit of gentle cleansing agents, it is perfectly fine to use that to cleanse curly hair. If you know anything about the no-poo movement, you'll know that co-washing is the way to go.
Keeping the curls hydrated is the most important priority for any girl who wants to have manageable hair. Regular co-washing helps keep your hair well nourished. Hair care manufacturers have started creating co-wash conditioning cleansers and sulfate free shampoos.
Experts also believe that the gentle cleansers in co-washing products can help prevent hair damage and split ends.
You can co-wash as regularly as you wish, depending on your lifestyle demands and personal preference. Do remember though, that your hair is more fragile when it is wet, so be extra careful to wait until your hair is dry before you was it again.
Over-conditioning can make your hair feel mushy or spongy, so be sure to clarify your hair using a clarifying shampoo once a week or bi-weekly with regular shampoo. This will ensure adequate cleansing.
Co-Washing May Not Be Suitable / Enough, If...
Occasional co-washing is fine if you have skin conditions, including dermatitis, but a strict no-shampoo regimen could actually worsen the condition.
Obviously, if you have oily hair, you need shampoo to remove excess oils, whereas co-washing could make it more oily.
Some co-washing conditioners don't contain all the cleansing properties of shampoo. Many co-washes have low pH levels, whereas the acidity of a shampoo helps to raise the cuticle, which makes it easier to remove product build-up and dirt.
When it comes to co-washing conditioners, you will have to look at the best product for your hair type and individual lifestyle needs.
Co-Washing is NOT the Only Solution for Curly Girls
There's something to be said for that clean, oil-free feeling of just-washed hair... Not to mention how much longer your hair stays clean and fresh after you have shampooed it. Co-washing just doesn't do that. In fact, some ladies have told me that co-washing leaves them feeling dirty and icky. So, what's a girl to do?
Well, don't fear when Aveda is near. They offer a shampoo and conditioner especially for curly girls, called Be Curly. That's right, they allow you to be YOU, simply and easily.
The 4-step curl perfecting system helps to dramatically reduce frizz and it helps to define your curls by up to 57%. The Be Curly range contains an organic aloe blend that and wheat protein to help expand the hair when it is wet, and to retract when it is dry to help enhance the wave or curl.
Certified organic bergamot, lemon, lime, orange and a range of other plant and flower extracts lend a refreshing aroma.