In my last post, I introduced you to my cleansing regimen and the products that I use for this process. Today, I will be talking about “co-washing” and the products I use for both co-washing and conditioning.
To recap, co-washing is the method used to cleanse the hair using conditioner. I use this method between cleansing (usually every 3-5 days). When searching for the “right” product for this process, make sure that you are going for a botanical conditioner that contain emollients (shea butter, jojoba oil, wheat germ), humectants (panthenol, vegetable glycerin, sorbitol) and moisturisers (amino acids, aloe vera, balm mint extracts, propylene glycol). It is crucial to read the ingredient listings on the packaging to ensure that you are providing your hair with the optimal substances that soften the hair, reduce frizz, absorb water and control your curly hair. Stay clear of products that contain silicone. Silicones have the effect of repelling water (not good!!), meaning that it prevents the absorption of water. They weigh down the curls and prevent the natural shape from emerging.
When co-washing, I usually do this twice, as I would when using a conventional shampoo. However, I try to leave a small amount of conditioner in my hair for extra moisture. When you use botanical, i.e plant-based conditioners, doing this won’t weigh the hair down, neither will it leave the hair feeling crunchy or sticky. For this process, I tend to use my Uterkram conditioners, merely because I use generous amounts and the Uterkram conditioners are cheaper in the long run.
Once the co-washing process is done, I apply a leave-in conditioner to my hair (yes, I apply conditioner again ). I opt for either my DevaCurl One Condition or my Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler. These products are on the pricer side, unfortunately, so I use either the one or the other. The DevaCurl One Condition is an ultra creamy conditioner that is 100% sulfate,paraben and silicone free. It provides hydration, is perfect for all curl types, smells delicious and is suitable for daily use. I have come to love the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler. At first, I was not impressed with it. It left my hair feeling stiff and hard when I used it as a leave-in. The second time, I tried using it as just a conditioner, which left my hair feeling soft but after letting my hair air-dry, I had maximum volume and frizz for days. Now, I only apply a peanut size, and I mean a peanut size, to each section of my hair. A little goes a LONG way It detangles my hair perfectly and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. The shea butter deeply moisturises the hair and conditions the scalp. Argan oil restores shine and rebuilds the hair’s elasticity. Sea kelp restores shine while helping promote the hair’s elasticity.
These two products have come to be part of my staple hair care routine and I can only sing their praise and recommend them to you all 😉
Hope you enjoyed this post and please leave a comment if you have any questions. I will be happy to pass on any knowledge I have on the subject!
Till next time Lovlies