Why do I really need to co-wash?

Co-washing, is a term that is becoming increasingly popular these days amongst women with looser curls or dry hair. It appears to offer a solution to the much dreaded fizziness and dryness that most women with looser curls have to struggle with. Little wonder why this trend is in the headlines once again this year.

Co-washing, short for conditioner washing, simply means using or relying only on conditioner to wash your hair. Women who practice co-washing skip the use of shampoo and rely only on conditioner to wash or cleanse their hair.

The idea is that by skipping shampoo before conditioning, less of the hair’s natural oils are going to be stripped, Therefore, the hair will retain its own natural moisture, stay healthy and develop a beautiful natural shine, and if that isn’t enough to buy you over, there are fringe benefits as well, it saves money and Time.

pretty tempting isn’t it? The idea that washing your unmanageable hair could take less time and could be easier to style is pretty alluring. It’s understandable why the trend for co-washing never ceases to go out of fashion.

Nonetheless, the old adage is true: if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. People who choose to co-wash may stop cleansing their hair and scalp completely.

Many co-washers are using special cleansing conditioners which promises to cleanse the hair enough, without having to use shampoo so It sounds pretty simple and straight forward, however, there’s a “but” to this tale, co-washing isn’t for everyone.
We have collated some of its disadvantages and hope to show you how we can tackle your unmanageable and dry hair, co-wash free!

The drawbacks of co-washing

When it comes to getting rid of dead cells and product build up in the hair, the new cleansing conditioners that are in the market may not be enough to get the task done. This can result in having smelly, heavy and dull hair, which is certainly not what members of the co-wash community are looking for.

So what is it about shampoo that the co-washing community is so adverse to anyway? Many shampoos contain ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate or laureth sulfate (SLS) which are used to create foam and cut through grease. This combination is often used in other products such as washing-up liquid, so it’s easy to see why so many people aren’t so keen on using them on their hair. SLS based products might be great at cleaning dirty dishes, but over-cleansed hair can become even drier and unmanageable.
If you’ve struggled with frizz or have dry, coarse, or damaged hair the search for something that fits into your daily routine might feel never-ending. Don’t worry, we’re here for you. Bioviva has the solution.

A co-wash alternative

An alternative to co-washing is using a shampoo and conditioner that is free from SLS such as the KeraCare Detangling Hydrating Shampoo with Humecto Conditioner. These products are free from harmful ingredients such as sodium chloride, sulphate and cocamide DEA, but still foam. Its special formula cleans the hair whilst also hydrating and smoothing the cuticle. In addition to being sulphate free, these products also contain a unique blend of fruit and plant extracts that seal in moisture.

Let’s banish bad hair days, shall we? In other to do so, you may want to consider a full in-salon treatment such as our Ultimate Treatment which provides you with a smooth, soft and healthier finish that lasts. It is suitable for all hair types and is humidity resistant, and of course, SLS free.

If you’re looking for a solution to frizzy, dry, unmanageable or thinning hair, don’t hesitate to give us a call, also to find out more about our Ultimate Treatment. For more updates on trends and hair insights, browse the rest of our blog.

Senior Stylist @ Bioviva

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