co-washing - how to co-wash and what it means

‘Cowashing’ (co-wash) is the process of using a conditioner, instead of shampoo, to help rinse away buildup and improve the moisture retention of your hair.

Update: I don’t cowash anymore and I no longer recommend it either. Wash your hair or dilute your store-bought conditioner with water or aloe vera. Cowashes are glorified conditioners taht you’re using to help physically remove some of the dirt and oils on the hair. But you need a good surfactant based cleanser. Even if it’s a pH balanced mix of castile soap + water

Many shampoos usually strip the hair of not only build-up, but all helpful oils which will keep the curls lubricated and soft. So its called ‘co-wash’ because you’re using a COnditioner to “WASH” the hair.

Typically washing the hair means using some type of shampoo or surfactant to remove the dirt.   So don’t be thrown off the name.

Its called ‘co-washing’, but for me its no different than just simply conditioning your hair without using a shampoo first.

Extra steps are sometimes taken to massage the scalp to ensure dirt/product removal.  Some naturals also put on a plastic cap (or grocery bag) for 20 minutes to an hour to make sure the hair is deep conditioned as well.

I co-wash when necessary. Sometimes that’s once a week, sometimes twice a week. Sometimes I co-wash once every 10 or 12 days.

Sometimes my hair begs for a co-wash to remove some test DIY product which just didn’t turn out right.  In that case, I co-wash the next day.   Sometimes I co-wash the day before I know I’m going to try out a DIY mix.

Because I try out so many things (including the stuff I make), I let my hair tell me how often I should cowash.  LOL!

How I Co-wash

1. I section my hair in 2.  If your hair is thicker, you may have to section it in 4 parts
2. Rinse the 1st section and apply your conditioner of choice.
3. Massage the scalp and really run your fingers through the hair to remove any shed hairs and tangles
4. Don’t rinse yet!  Twist that section up and wrap it around itself.
5. Do the same thing for each section you have.
6. Go back to the 1st section you did and rinse thoroughly.  Do the same for each section
7.  Go on to style your hair.

If you’re going to deep condition, after #6 apply more conditioner all over your hair again and put a plastic cap or bag over it.  Leave it on for as long as you feel like you need to.

The reason I apply conditioner twice is that the first rinse has to be done to remove the first round of dirt/build-up.  Everything else, including a deep condition, can be done after that.

Happy cowashing! 😛


Want to use Patreon instead? Ok! Take a second to support curlytea on Patreon and get even more recipes that are only available to Patrons!
Become a patron at Patreon!



No responses yet

Leave a Reply

Cup of Tea
BTW, curlytea is now on MINDS too!
Some essential oils can greatly impact the pH and decrease the viscosity of a final product
Recent Comments
Who’s Here
10 Members
8 Guests
All recipes © 2023 by curlytea™.com Information and advice (consulting) is intended for educational and/or testing purposes only. Site visitors, Subscription Members, people who are communicating to curlytea™.com via email, clients and customers agree to use his/her own best judgment when testing out any advice, ingredient, item, recommended product, etc. You are responsible for reading the Disclaimer and Terms and Services. Curlytea™.com is in no way legally responsible for any mishaps which may occur. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES. It is always within your power to control your subscription cancellation via your Paypal account. To re-join the site, use the sign up page. If you're having access issues, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact using this form: Contact OR email: coils[AT]curlytea[DOT]com