Co-washing is Great For Moisture Retention

To co-wash (short for “conditioning wash”) is the act of cleansing the hair using a moisture based lather free cleanser. Many skipped the harsh shampoos and skipped ahead to the conditioner. Now there are non-lathering cleansers available that give you the same conditioning effects in addition to cleansing your hair.

I have a few favorite commercial co-washes I use when I don’t make my own. Here are some that I can recommend in no particular order:

  1. Cantu Co-Wash ($5 for 12oz, Wal-mart, Target, and Sally’s.)- Lowest priced but works just as great. Also got the Cantu leave-in conditioner due to the great pricing. They work well together and I recommend them!!
  2. Deva Curl No-Poo cleanser ($20 for 12oz, Regis and Smart Style) – Pricey, but it is my #1 favorite commercial co-wash! It’s a professional brand that I used on clients in the salon as well. It is free of parabens, sulfates and dyes. It’s light but it spreads well and produces a gentle foam to carry away impurities. Contains methols with leave the scalp feeling great!
  3. L’Oreal Ever Curl Cleansing Conditioner ($6 for 8 oz) – I picked this up on clearance at Target. I have not been able to find anymore. Perhaps it was on clearance because it was being discontinued? It worked really well! I would have definitely continued to use this product if I could still find it. It works closely to the Deva Curl. Only thing I didn’t like was the small bottle.
  4. As I Am Coconut Co-wash ($8 for 16oz, Wal-Mart, Sally’s, Target)- cost effective alternative for home use. Smells great and makes hair soft! Thick viscosity makes it spread well in my hair so I don’t need as much. I like that I can scoop the product out although I can get a little messy.
  5. Naturally Silk Elements co-wash ($9 for 12oz, Sally’s) – Decent product. Not my most favorite of all the co-washes I’ve tried. I don’t think it works well with my hair chemistry, but it may work well for others. I feel like it left my hair feeling a little dry after. I will give it another try before I give a final judgment.


I really like to use natural products as often as possible but I also like to try some commercial products as well as long as they’re not full of crazy ingredients! Hope these suggestions are helpful in your co-wash selection!

On a final note, don’t forget to clarify occasionally if you co-wash often to avoid conditioner build-up on your hair. The frequency of co-washing and clarifying vary for every individual which is why I believe it is important to pay attention  to the needs of your hair and it the character with different products.


Published by Aphropuphs

Master Cosmetologist, Master Educator, Product Maker and Natural Hair Specialist sharing natural hair care information and giving support to those on their journey!

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