My Foray Into The World of Co-washing: My Co-washing Regimen(s)

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Hi all. As I mentioned in my last post on co-washing, co-washing isn’t something I normally I did in the past. However, over the last 4+ weeks (maybe longer?) I’ve tested out differently co-washing combos and I think I’ve finally came up with three combos that work best for me:

1. Co-wash with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle.
2. Coffee rinse or tea rinse.
3. Smoothing conditioner for a couple minutes, then rinse.

OR

If my new growth is feeling uber dry (and this usually only happens after tons of cardio at the gym during the week):
1. Deep conditioning with steam for 15 minutes on dry hair.
2. Coffee rinse or tea rinse.
3. Smoothing conditioner for a couple minutes, then rinse.

OR

If I’m feeling fancy:
1. Co-washing with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle.
2. Coffee rinse or tea rinse.
3. Deep conditioning with steam for 15 minutes on dry hair.
4. Smoothing conditioner for a couple minutes, then rinse.

Benefits my hair is reaping:
• The biggest benefit has been the increase in moisture. That has been helping me keep my new growth moisturized. As a result, I’ve been able to significantly decrease the need to part and spray my new growth with moisturizer to keep it happy… which decreases manipulation.
• Less tangles build up.
• My hair feels “refreshed” in between full blown wash days.
• This last one isn’t so much my hair, as it is my shrinking product stash: I get to use up conditioners I no longer frequently use.

Jen! Why do you have three combos?!
In my opinion, cookie cutter regimens that never change just do not work. What our hair needs will change from time to time, whether is in response to what we’re eating, the weather, or what we’re doing (e.g. working out, spending time in the sun). As our hair needs change, so must our responses.

Post-conditioning:
I tie my edges down with a silk scarf, wrap it up with a cotton t-shirt and after about an hour, I apply leave in conditioner, seal it in, and air dry my hair. I have to finger comb with my hair dries or else I’ll have annoying matted chunks of hair by the time my regular wash day rolls around.

 

What’s your co-washing routine like?

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