7 Ways Co Washing Changed My Hair

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7 Ways Co Washing Changed My Hair

A new hair trend that’s been on the scene for a bit now is co washing hair. If you’re a fan of green beauty, then you’ve probably tried co-washing at least once since switching to more natural products. The process involves washing hair with conditioner in order to prevent moisture loss in hair and nourish it with a gentle cleanse. It’s a method that’s become increasingly popular lately, even in the mainstream.  I decided to give it a go for myself and see what all the fuss was about.

Co Washing Hair

What Is Co Washing?

If you are not familiar with co-washing, it’s the idea of only washing your hair with conditioner and forgoing shampoo altogether. The idea is that conditioner cleanses your hair just enough without stripping it of it’s natural oils to keep your hair clean without drying it out. I have been testing out a hybrid method of co-washing for a few months and I wanted to share exactly how co-washing changed my hair since making the switch!

Firstly, I have to admit that I didn’t follow the co-washing method to the letter. I switched it up a bit just because using conditioner only can sometimes cause build up on the scalp so I did incorporate rare shampoo into my co-washing routine.

How I Co-Washed My Hair: 

  • I co-washed my hair whenever I showered. This was a few times a week since I shower whenever I workout. Since conditioner doesn’t strip hair of it’s oils, there’s no risk of over-doing it, though I will say that you can create buildup on the scalp depending on what kind of conditioner you’re using. Which brings me to…
  • I also shampoo’d my hair 1-2 times a month, depending on how my hair felt. I did this to prevent build up on my scalp or if my scalp was feeling itchy or oily. I have a very oily scalp, especially in the hot California summer heat so I played it by ear. In the past 3 months, I’ve only washed my hair about 4 times. I noticed that the more I co-washed, the less I felt the need to shampoo and the better my scalp felt.
  • I used a hair mask 2 times a month. If my ends were feeling dry or I just wanted to treat my hair extra special, I used this hair mask to add extra hydration and give my hair a refresh without washing it with shampoo. It’s also great if you want to add in nutrients if you frequently color or style your hair. As my hair is currently purple, it’s VERY dry and has been bleached quite a bit so the ends were very damaged after all that processing. Because of that, this mask has been a total godsend to keep my ends smooth, soft and manageable.
  • I applied a leave- in mist for shine, flyaways, and nourishing ends. I also used a marula oil leave-in hair mist for days when my ends felt super dry, unruly, or just wouldn’t stay smooth. Frizz has been a lifelong struggle – #thestruggleisreal – so this definitely helped a LOT. That said, co-washing has significantly minimized my frizz problems so that’s been wonderful!

7 Ways Co-Washing Changed My Hair:

  1. My hair is softer and shinier than ever.
  2. My hair has a LOT less frizz.
  3. My hair has less damage even though I frequently color it.
  4. My hair is more manageable and smooth.
  5. My hair feels fuller and healthier.
  6. My hair has more volume and bounce.
  7. My hair has less breakage and split ends.

Co-Washing Changed My Hair

My Thoughts & Experience: 

 I had previously used conditioner to wash my hair, but only on non-shampoo days when I worked out; never in place of actual hair cleansing. When I began co-washing, I noticed that my hair seemed to be a lot more oily than usual. This is to be expected so don’t panic and lose your mind like I did.

In the name of beauty, I powered through it and thankfully, my hair is a lot more balanced now. While I don’t know if I’ll continue doing this method forever, I do really enjoy it and I think that it’s a lot gentler than most hair care routines out there. The biggest benefit, in my opinion, is allowing your hair time to rediscover it’s natural balance for those of us who experience super oily roots and still have dry ends.

Products I Used:

  • Rahua Shampoo // I previously tried Rahua’s volumizing line so I was concerned this shampoo might be too much for my hair, but it’s actually really great. It is more hydrating than the volumizing shampoo from Rahua, but that works more in line with co-washing. The scent is lovely with light herbal notes from the green tea, rosemary, rahua and palo santo oils.
  • Rahua Conditioner // Rahua conditioner has a formula that is similar to the shampoo, but with added shea and vitamin E so the scent is more or less the same. It’s very hydrating, though not heavy, and definitely made a big difference to my hair.
  • Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask // This was a lovely treatment when my ends still felt frayed or my hair felt dry and needed a potent dose of nutrition and nourishment.
  • Rare Elements Marula Cocktail Leave-In Mist // This mist  is quite oily in texture. It’s very similar to other shine serums, but the texture is thin and lighter than some I’ve tried in the past. I love the scent of it and it’s great for my ends or anywhere I’m dealing with frizz or flyaways. This is brilliant for that and naturally nourishes hair as well instead of just masking the problem like some products do.

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35 thoughts on “7 Ways Co Washing Changed My Hair

  1. Annie
    June 28, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Even though I have been a green beauty user for a few years, now, I have never heard of this before – thank you so much for sharing! I am late middle-aged and have thinning hair; maybe this is a good solution for me, since it seems I lose a ton of hair every time I shampoo. 🙁

    1. June 30, 2016 at 12:25 PM

      Absolutely and it depends on your hair type, really. If you find you’re losing a lot of hair, it might be good to begin exfoliating your scalp more, stimulating the hair follicles, and using these products along with a hair oil. These things will help your hair grow. If you’re using a conventional shampoo/conditioner right now, it could be the chemical ingredients that are causing the hair loss. It depends. I hope this helps you out! Feel free to email me if you want to chat about it 🙂 happy to help you find some products that will work for you :-*

  2. June 28, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Hrmmm, I’ve never intentionally tried co-washing my hair, but I do have a ton of conditioner hanging around and don’t use shampoo every single time, so I may have to give this a try! :]! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. June 30, 2016 at 12:28 PM

      definitely give it a go! It works so well, esp if you work out a lot and tend to wash your hair a lot/shower a lot. This helps prevent my hair from becoming too dry.

  3. June 29, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    I have tried co-washing with WEN and some other brands. I’ve been looking at this brand and want to try it. Thanks for explaining, because they look so good!

    1. June 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM

      this is a bit different since Wen is a “cleansing conditioner” and not technically a conditioner. Also, I’ve heard horror stories about that brand lol. this is just a regular organic conditioner and you can use these or whatever ones you have on hand to try this method. it will definitely help your hair’s health 🙂 hope it helps you out! thanks for stopping by ♥

  4. Leah Nadeau
    June 29, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Wow, I didn’t know this existed. I’d like to try it. Recently I started using Coconut Water by OGX and my hair is so much healthier, I can feel a texture difference. It doesn’t have any parabens.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you ever do any blog posts regarding home decor or fine art, I have an etsy page I think your followers would love. If you’re interested feel free to contact me @Midtwentiesgal on Twitter. 🙂


    1. June 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM

      definitely give it a go! it’s really awesome 🙂

  5. June 29, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    This is interesting to me, especially since I wash my hair pretty much every day. I run a lot (4x a week) and sweat A LOT, so I feel I need to wash it daily. I always wonder if I didn’t run and if I could get by without washing my hair, how it would behave/perform…


    1. June 30, 2016 at 1:21 PM

      yeah I work out a lot which is what led me to trying out co-washing. My hair would get so dry from washing it a million times a week. So, now I only wash maybe 2 times per month, but I condition all the time since I shower after working out. it’s done wonders for me 🙂 hope you give it a go and see if it works for you!

  6. June 29, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    I have never heard of co-washing before, so I am so happy you shared it! My hair is so damaged, that I am definitely going to try this method out!

    1. June 30, 2016 at 1:21 PM

      definitely give it a try – bet you will love it! let me know how it goes for you 🙂 thanks for stopping by Rachael!

  7. June 30, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    I have never tried co washing, but maybe I should! I have been trying to make my hair healthier for a while and it’s working but I need something more.

    1. June 30, 2016 at 1:23 PM

      if you struggle with dry hair, oily hair, or just want your hair to be healthier/more bouncy/shiny/ et. all, definitely give this a go 🙂 it’s done wonder for me! let me know how it goes if you try it out!

  8. June 30, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Love your blog! Great tips!

    1. June 30, 2016 at 1:23 PM

      thanks so much Ciera!

  9. July 5, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Dos this work for African Hair? I suspect it would really build up on the scalp pretty fast, but there is always a first time and I intend to try it out on my next wash this week !Thanks for sharing at the bloggers Pit Stop!

    1. July 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM

      I’m not sure how it would work for African hair as I’m Irish/Sicilian, but I have heard of other African girls doing this with good results. I still shampoo whenever I feel my scalp has buildup and I also use Leaves of Trees Eucalyptus Argan Oil to gently exfoliate my scalp as a pre-shampoo treatment whenever I feel like it needs some clarifying. You could also use apple cider vinegar to remove buildup as well. Again, it definitely depends, but I think it would be okay. If you want more customized tips for your hair type specifically, Brandie over at Organic Beauty Talk might be able to help you more than me. She did mention co-washing in a hair post she did awhile back here > http://organicbeautytalk.com/natural-curly-hair-talk-my-wash-go-routine/ Hope this helps you out Julie! ♥

  10. Jessica
    July 6, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    This is really interesting…I’ve never heard of co washing before. I used to wash my hair everyday but now I only wash my hair every couple of days. So maybe co washing would work out for me!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  11. July 8, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    I’ve never heard of this! I wash my hair every other day but it’s still frizzy and can get oily in the summer. I should see how this works for me!

    Doused In Pink

    1. July 12, 2016 at 4:22 PM

      definitely! It’s great to mix into your routine or just give it a go if you have issues with oily/dry scalp 🙂

  12. July 9, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Amazing products interesting read #weekendblogshare

  13. July 9, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    I feel ya on powering through the first greasy messy weeks lol- I ended up switching back myself after trying this method too… Hair masks are my miracle lol Can’t live without em’ – Great share 🙂

    1. July 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

      haha yes exactly! I love hair masks. I don’t know if I could ever get rid of shampoo completely, but I like that I can limit my shampoos to a few times a month and get great results. It’s so awesome 🙂 thanks for stopping by Angie!

  14. July 9, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    This is so interesting and I’ve never heard of it. I’d like to say that I would try it but I’m almost scared of conditioner as my roots get so greasy. I’m not well and washing my hair is hard work so in order to only wash it every 2 or 3 days. I put a teeny bit of conditioner on the ends. Well done for powering through in the name of beauty and research! Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

    1. July 12, 2016 at 4:25 PM

      My roots get super greasy as well so I feel you on that fear haha. It’s not for everyone, but might be worth a try if you think it could help balance your scalp out. It’s done wonders for me 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  15. Shannon
    July 14, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    I’ve never heard of co washing! Now I really want to try it too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    1. July 26, 2016 at 11:58 AM

      yess! hope you like it 🙂 let me know how it goes for you!

  16. July 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    I read somewhere a while ago that its good to condition your hair first, then shampoo it. But the way you speak of it, sounds a lot better. I wash my hair too much, as I also work out regularly and my hair seems to get oily and flat so quick. I will try this way out. I hope I see the same results as you. Thanks for sharing.
    Amanda. #weekendblogshare

    1. July 26, 2016 at 12:04 PM

      oo yeah I’ve tried that too! I personally like co-washing better, but hey, whatever works for you! I found shampoo tended to wash out all the conditioner from my hair so it would kind of “undo” all my work lol. It depends on the kind of products you use as well. Hope it helps you out 🙂

  17. July 17, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    I love cowashing. It’s so refreshing and nourishing for my natural hair!


  18. July 27, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    I’m nervous to try this but definitely agree that all the chemicals in shampoo are bad for our hair. I use a very mild, sulfate free brand and try to wash my hair only every other day.

  19. July 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    I have never heard of co-washing, but it is for sure something I am going to try! I am always trying to keep my hair moisturized. Great post!

    xx, Elise

  20. Stacey Loring
    September 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    I’m not into anything that’s good for the environment, because I’m a rebel, but I’ve been co-washing my hair for around 4 years. My favorite is Deva Curl and Suave, but these sound really nice and I may have to try them out.
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    1. September 8, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      lol you sound like my boyfriend. He’s always trying to get away with littering around me just for the sake of being anti-establishment. I really give a shit about whether our planet is inhabitable in the next 100 years so that’s why I care about it. and co-washing is amazing for hair so there’s that too 😀 Rahua is a great brand. They also have a volumizing line if your hair is more fine, but the regular Rahua line is great if you thick/damaged hair like me 😀 thanks for visiting, Stacey! I really enjoyed your blog! I’m gonna go read more actually… 😛

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