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Your Guide To Cowashing Your Curls

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Your Guide To Cowashing Your Curls

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Have you ever considered cowashing your curls? If so, you're in the right place. Here's your guide to cowashing your curls. Give these suggestion a go, and enjoy smooth, soft, and cleansed curls without any of the dryness that comes with shampooing.

Your Guide To Cowashing Your Curls

Why should you do it?

There are tons of great benefits to cowashing your curls. While shampoos can be caustic to delicate curls, cowashing gently removes dirt and build up from curls without damaging or stripping curls of natural oils. Whereas shampoos often contain surfectants, which creates that bubbling lather we're used to, conditioners have much less. Therefore, curls will be cleansed but won't be dried out.  Additionally, cowashing is a great choice for anyone who has chemically treated curls, or has color in their strands.

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How should you do it?

Cowashed curls won't have that same stripped, squeaky clean feel that shampooed curls do, which gives more of a second-day feel to your curls. As a result, this is an excellent choice for curly girls with dry scalps.

You can purchase a cowash or simply use your favorite conditioner as one. Step into the shower and completely saturate your curls with warm water. This should take about 2-4 minutes, depending on the length and density of your strands. Once curls are completely saturated, take your conditioner and begin washing your curls. Massage the conditioner into your scalp using slow circular motions, scrubbing gently with your finger tips. Apply more conditioner as needed and work gently through your strands so your curls are covered. You can then use your fingers or a wide toothed comb to detangle any knots. After your curls are cleansed and detangled, rinse with cool water. You can follow up with a deep conditioning treatment if needed.

Enjoy the benefits:

Following your cowashing, you should feel that your curls are cleansed, without being dried. Your curls will be better defined, and you should find your products also work better. The oils that your curls produce naturally will also be better preserved, thus ensuring your curls will stay naturally hydrated. Overall, curls will be well defined, have lower frizz, and be easier to style. What's not to love?

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