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THIS NEW HAIR CARE ROU­TINE TAKES HALF THE TIME BUT DE­LIV­ERS DOU­BLE THE TLC

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

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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