THIS NEW HAIR CARE ROUTINE TAKES HALF THE TIME BUT DELIVERS DOUBLE THE TLC
Co-washing may sound like a shower party in a share house but it’s actually a new approach to cleansing your hair. We all know the shampoo-conditioner routine, but Noughty Haircare founder Lorna Mitchell says co-washing removes shampoo from the equation, relying solely on conditioner to clean and moisturise.
“Co-wash is the portmanteau for conditioner-washing, which basically means cleansing hair with a conditioner as an alternative to shampoo,” Lorna explains.
“A co-wash contains more conditioning ingredients and less surfactant than a conventional shampoo and is therefore gentler on the hair and scalp.”
While co-washing has been a curly hair commandment for a long time, many have cottoned on to the concept as a way to lock in moisture in strands thanks to the plant oils found in conditioner.
“Co-washes, like Noughty’s One Hit Wonder, take advantage of the basic science that oil and water don’t mix, but oil and oil do,” Lorna says.
“The plant oils in the co-wash blend with the natural oils produced by the scalp, collecting the grime and residues picked up by the hair during the course of the day.
“Any excess oils and impurities are washed away, leaving hair nourished and clean.”
Just like your regular routine, you lather and rinse, but don’t repeat.
“I co-wash when my hair is feeling particularly parched and my scalp needs some extra attention,” Lorna says.
“Since co-washing helps retain moisture and strengthen hair, I tend to build it into my regimen after colour treatments, when skiing in the cold weather, travelling to sundrenched beaches, or on long-haul flights where the environment sucks more moisture from my hair.
“To get the most out of co-washing, it’s important to introduce it gradually. This way,wy, the optimum balance between the co-wash and conventional hair washing can be reached with a minimum of fuss.
“As a rule of thumb, curly girls: use cowash as often as you need; distressed or dry hair: introduce once a week; sensitive scalps: introduce every two weeks; colour treated hair: use regularly post colour treatment to prevent fade, and then adjust based on hair type; fine hair: use intermittently alongside a volumising shampoo.”
If you have oily hair, it’s better to stick to shampooing every wash.
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