Science behind co-washing part 2













 In a previous post, I talked about the Science behind co-washing. Please read it HERE.

     Today, I will be talking about criteria for picking your co-wash conditioner and suggestions for co-wash conditioners..

When picking a conditioner for a co-wash, you should

  1. Pick one that is mostly moisturizing or a very light protein. Please read The Difference beteen protein and moisturizing conditioners.
  2. Look for one that is cheap. Since you will be using it as a ‘shampoo’, you would probably use a lot of it. It will make a lot of sense to get a lot of volume for a small amount of money.
  3. Look for a conditioner that has slip and leaves your hair feeling soft afterwards.
  4. The surfactant agents in conditioners do not have the ability to remove silicones. What this means is that if you regularly co-wash, you should look out for silicone-free conditioners or those containing water-soluble silicones. If you don’t, use a shampoo from time to time to eliminate buildup. Please read What is product buildup and how can it affect your hair?
  5. If you are lucky, look for one that can also do a little deep conditioning. Some conditioners also contain a little aloe verahoneycoconut, olive or avocado oil. If you have one like this, you can apply it to your hair, leave it on for a few minutes and then ‘scrub’ your hair and scalp.

There are SO MANY examples of conditioners you can use to co-wash but I will just name a few:

  1. Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moistu re Conditioner
  2. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream
  3. Suave Naturals Conditioner Refreshing Waterfall Mist Conditioner
  4. Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Conditioner
  5. All V05 conditioners e.g. Vo5 Moisture Milk Conditioner, Vo5 Strawberries and Cream Conditioner, etc.
  6. Salon Selectives conditioners 
  7. Nature’s Gate Conditioner Herbal Jojoba
  8. Suave Conditioners
  9. Suave Naturals Conditioner, Mango Mandarin
  10. All the Herbal Essences Conditioners
  11. Aussie Moist conditioner
  12. White Rain conditioners
  13. Dove Daily Moisture Therapy Conditioner
I use Salon Selectives Conditioner Type S and Type V conditioners to co-wash and I love them. Do you co-wash often? Why? What conditioner do you normally use to co-wash?

Dr Fomsky

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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20 Comments to Science behind co-washing part 2

  1. I see the dove conditioner and that means I can try that one too.

  2. Jenny says:

    I use Vo5 herbal escapes and moisture milk. I’ m planning to increase frequency of my co-washing cos it usually leaves my hair softer!

  3. ng says:

    Hair fruit conditioner is extremely cheap ,does the job, leaves hair soft and clean.

  4. Joie says:

    Finally, i can read it *smiling*……..thanks for the list of conditioners, i will get one so i can include co-washing to my regimen……am very interested in the length check t-shirt , size will be large

  5. Katchie says:

    Love co-washing, has seen loads of improvement in my hair. I use herbal essence, thanks for sharing

  6. lolade says:

    hair fruits conditioner? It contains paraffin liquidium.

  7. Ifai says:

    Unfortunately, i stopped co-washing some months ago cos of my impatience while detangling. I still hv my V05 conditioner so may try again.

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  9. CC says:

    I just started to co wash. I was very impressed witth the result. So I hope going natural will leave me with real good results. Ps I used the Dove

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