Morning Loves, welcome back to my blog Loves. CO-WASH & DETANGLING are some of the most confusing words for new naturals. Cowash simply means conditioner washing which is washing or cleansing natural hair with a conditioner & Detangling simply means getting rid of tangles from your hair.
Today, I will be sharing with you in detail HOW I COWASH & DETANGLE MY 4C HAIR.
Benefits of Cowashing:
- Cowashing is great because it cleanses hair without stripping its moisture and oils like regular shampoo will do especially sulphate-containing shampoo.
- You can cowash hair more regularly more than you would a shampoo.
- It softens hair making detangling very easy and hair more manageable
- It keeps scalp moisturised
- It may help colour last longer (for colour treated hair) since you are not stripping it with consistent shampoo
- It can help define curls
- You may not need to deep condition hair afterwards, especially if busy, as cowash provides hair with some moisture; not as much as a deep conditioner would though.
What to Cowash & Detangle with.
There are products made specifically for co-wash like the Cantu Shea Butter Complete Conditioning Co-wash; review HERE
There are a lot of conditioners made specifically for cleansing/co-washing or detangling natural hair. What is important when buying a conditioner for cowash is
- Does not contain sulphur (dries hair out) or silicone(forms a coat over hair making it difficult for moisturise to penetrate hair)
- Look for all the good stuff you want in your hair; water, coconut, aloe vera, glycerine, honey, the good oils, e.t.c.
- It has GREAT SLIP, meaning when applied to hair, it softens and melts the tangles making fingers or comb glide through easily.
I co-wash & detangle my hair with the
- Cantu Shea Butter Conditioning Co-wash:: This is a product specified as a co-wash and it’s my favourite product to co-wash with. It keeps my hair clean and soft after using it. It’s very moisturising and has AMAZING SLIP. Click HERE for full review.
OTHER PRODUCTS RECOMMENDATION
- As I Am Coconut Co-wash
- Eden’s Body Cowash
- Shea Moisture rinse out Conditioners
- Shea Moisture African Black Soap purification masque
Other conditioners I co-wash/detangle with are:
- Shea Moisture 100% Coconut Oil Conditioner: This feels amazing and luxurious in my hair and it smells so good. Review HERE
- Tresemme Botanique Conditioner: see review HERE
- Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioners
My Cowash & Detangling Routine
- I wet my hair with warm water to soften and melt the dirts and products build up from the previous week
- I put my hair in four sections
- I take a subsection of hair and I apply a generous amount of conditioner
- I rub it through my hair making sure it is saturated from roots to tips
- I rub my scalp with the balls of my fingers in a circular motion, cleaning and massaging it at the same time
- I finger detangle my hair by separating it and gliding my fingers throught it carefully
- Then, I use a wide tooth comb (shower comb) to further detangle. Some people skip this step
- I twirl that section and clip it away, then move on to the next section.
- Once I’m done with all my hair, I rinse the conditioner out with cold water (if I wont be deep conditioning to seal in the little moisture got from the conditioner) OR warm water (if I will be deep conditioning to open up the hair cuticles), rubbing my scalp and running my fingers through my hair.
- Then I dry my hair with cotton t-shirt and move on to moisturising and styling.
- Avoid silicone-containing conditioners
- Use generous amount of conditioner (very important)
- Finger detangle first and use wide tooth comb to detangle
- Be gentle when detangling hair
- Band, braid or twist your hair to avoid tangling up again.
- Use hair catchers to avoid clogging the shower
I hope you enjoy today’s post. Do you Co-wash your hair? What do you Co-wash with? How do you Co-wash and how often? Please COMMENT below, LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE to my blog via E-MAIL.Follow my blog via BLOGLOVIN or subscribe via E-MAIL and check out my Youtube Channel.
- How to Wash/Cleanse Natural Hair: http://bit.ly/2lSU9Qm
- How To Properly Detangle Natural Hair To avoid Breakage:
- Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Restore Conditioner Review: http://bit.ly/2jB8zAG
- How I grow & Care For My Natural Hair: http://bit.ly/2lkdlWr
- DIY Deep Conditioner & Deep Conditioning Routine: http://bit.ly/2kcypdy
- How to Moisturise Dry Natural Hair: http://bit.ly/2jjr6Au
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