Cowashing is often effective for many curly haired women. It offers a way to cleanse and refresh curls without damaging strands the way shampoo can. Here's your guide to cowashing curls. Give these suggestions a try, and let us know what you think!
Your Guide To Cowashing Your Beautiful Curls
What is it?
Cowashing is when you cleanse your strands with conditioner. You can create your own cowash, or purchase one. There are a lot of great choices out there, and it's becoming more propular which means its available on the regular marketplace as well. Cowashes will remove build up without harming your delicate strands and keeping strands well moisturized.
How to do it:
Before beginning, select the correct cowash for your strands. This could involve reading ingredients, asking other curly girls, or even delving into the world of creating your own. Not ever rinse out conditioner is going to work perfectly for every type of curl, so the important thing is to find one that works well for your curly hair type. You might need to experiment a bit to find which one works well for you.
Rinse curls under warm, but not scalding hot, water to completely saturate all your strands. If the water is too cold, it won't soften up your curls and remove the product build up. Take a quater sized amount of product in the palm of your hand and work the conditioner in from roots to tips. Use a wide toothed comb or your fingers to work the product through your curls completely.
This is a great time to work on detangling your curls, as the cowash will provide the necessary slip. Tackle each knot or tangle individually to help remove any.
Once you've washed your curls, stand under the steam of the shower for 5-10 minutes to allow the product to absorb into your strands. This will help your curls absorb any moisture, as well as remove any linger build up. Rinse the conditioner away with cool water and enjoy clean, refreshed curls.