Co washing fine hair – My experience

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Hello Everyone,

Today’s post is about Co washing fine hair.

Co washing fine hair

Co washing is an abbreviated term for conditioner washing. Never in my life had I thought, I would wash my hair with a conditioner until I came across this blog called Curls and Beauty Diary. Like the famous saying,  ‘the grass on the other side is always greener’ I always liked curly hair. I was going through almost all the post on this blog and wondering whether the technique mentioned by Anjana for her curly hair will work on my wavy hair.

Then I read about this interesting topic about cowashing and it was mentioned that cowashing is not restricted to curly hair and even wavy hair type can try it. I immediately ordered one of the conditioners mentioned by her to try.

The concept of co washing is, making the surfactants on the conditioner to do the cleaning process so that the moisture is retained on the hair strands, giving definition to the hair and frizz is controlled. No doubt that it can work very well on a thick, curly hair but will it work on a fine, wavy hair?

My Experience 

I squeezed out required amount of conditioner and cleansed my scalp like how I generally do with a shampoo. Then applied conditioner again on my hair ends like how I usually apply after shampoo. I carried on with cleansing my body and face so that the conditioner can work for good 3 to 5 minutes and then rinsed it off.

I generally air dry my hair and could not wait for it to completely dry to see the results. I was really impressed with how my hair looked. I was expecting it to be sloppy with a texture which we usually get when the oil was not washed out properly. But there was almost no difference between my cowashed hair and shampoo, conditioned hair except that the frizz was less in the former method. The only disappointment was, I could not get much texture on the waves. I was expecting well defined waves.

There is another method mentioned on Anjana’s blog called squish to condish which means squishing your hair strands with conditioner along with lots of water. The concept behind this method is, using water as a main moisture retaining medium and along with it the conditioner can work well. This method was suggested for getting well-defined curls or waves. Even this method didn’t work well. As in, I didn’t see any significant change or well defined waves. I didn’t use any extra product such as serum or styling gels and didn’t use any tools such as diffuser or dryer which could be the reason for not getting defined curls.

When I first washed my hair with conditioner, I went for almost 3 days without washing my hair again just to see how my hair reacts for this new technique. To my surprise, the scalp didn’t get extremely oily and no significant hair fall as well. Unfortunately, the result was not the same when I tried cowashing on the following days. The hair strands were either sloppy or the scalp was getting oily pretty quickly. This could be because of the change in weather condition as we are sweating a lot more these days but I am not really sure.

Later when I washed my hair with shampoo followed by conditioner (conditioner only on hair strands), I really liked the fresh bouncy feeling it gave. So I should say, I am not a big fan of cowashing at least during summers. Nevertheless, I do co wash every now and then in between my shampoo wash because it is easy to cleanse and condition the hair with just one product 🙂

To conclude, co washing might work for thick hair but may or may not work for fine hair.

Would you try this method of washing? If you are planning to experiment like me by co washing fine hair, do let me know how it worked for you.

If you are a having curly hair and struggling a lot to maintain it, do check Anjana’s blog and thank me later 🙂




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