Is there a difference?
Another weekend…and wash day gone by. When it comes to washing my hair, I’ve been a co-wash girls since I cut my hair short three years ago. Co-washing, short for “conditioner washing,” is the process of cleansing the hair with conditioner and water versus a shampoo product.
A while back I did a post about the best conditioners I’ve found for co-washing natural hair. Over the past year or two though, many brands have taken it a step above conditioners and released new “co-wash” specific products. Now a question I often get is whether it’s better to use products that are specifically designed for co-washing or if regular conditioners do the trick alone?
Frankly, I’ve tested at least a dozen or more conditioners and co-washing products on the market, and from my experience co-washing weekly, I can confidently say that it really doesn’t matter. Often the first 3-5 ingredients of both regular conditioners and specific co-wash products are exactly the same if you look at the labels. And I get the same result from almost all of them if they have a few key things that make a good co-washing supplement.
Conditioner, co-wash. Potato, patoto. If you prefer to try a specific co-wash product over a regular conditioner though, here are two that I particularly like: