Co Washing for Hair Growth

by Colleen Welsch on April 9th, 2020
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Chances are, you’ve been washing your hair the same way for as long as you can remember. Just douse your hair in water and lather up with shampoo, right? But if your hair is dry, damaged, colored, or relaxed, you might want to reconsider your technique. For these compromised hair types, the best way to wash your hair may actually be co-washing. 

Hair experts tout co-washing as the secret to healthier hair. In fact, some people believe that co-washing may even help with hair growth! If you haven’t heard of co-washing, don’t worry. Keep reading to learn all about the benefits of co-washing and how to incorporate it into your hair care routine. 

What is Co-Washing?

Co-washing is cleansing your hair with just a conditioner. It may sound strange, but here’s the thought process behind co-washing: repeated use of detergent-laden shampoos can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and frizzy. 

While shampoo may be drying, it’s not a good idea to stop washing your hair altogether! You still need to regularly clean your hair and scalp to eliminate dirt, sebum and pore-clogging oils that can limit hair growth and keep hair from looking healthy and strong.

This is where co-washing comes in. Co-washing (short for “conditioner washing”) is a gentle way to cleanse the hair while keeping it moisturized. Basically, co-washing means skipping the shampoo and washing your hair with a conditioner only. The results are softer, more manageable hair, like the way your hair feels the day after washing with shampoo

Who Could Benefit from Co-Washing?

So, is co-washing for you? If any of the following describe your hair type, you might want to give co-washing a try:

  • Dry 
  • Curly
  • Damaged
  • Relaxed
  • Textured
  • Frizzy
  • Color-processed

All of these hair types have a tendency towards dryness, which traditional shampoo can make worse. 

Plus, co-washing can also prevent your dye job from fading. Shampoo’s detergents wash away molecules from hair dye, so skipping the shampoo may help your hair color to last longer. 

However, those with fine hair, straight hair, or oily hair may want to steer clear of co-washing. Since these hair types tend towards greasiness, your best bet is to continue to wash your hair with both shampoo and conditioner three to four times per week. Just make sure to choose a gentle shampoo that won’t strip your hair, like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo

Does Co-Washing Help Hair Grow?

As we mentioned before, some fans of co-washing claim that it helps hair growth. Unfortunately, co-washing does not have any effect on the rate at which your hair grows. 

However, co-washing does help to keep hair moisturized and healthy looking. Dry hair has a tendency to become brittle and break off. So, by keeping your hair adequately moisturized with co-washing, you reduce your chances of breakage. Thus, your hair may look like it’s growing faster. While the rate that your grows remains constant, you’ll retain length and achieve your hair length goals more quickly. 

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3 Tips for Co-Washing Hair

  1. Choose the Right Conditioner

Many traditional conditioners are too heavy for co-washing. All that extra heaviness can weigh hair down, making it look limp and lifeless. To get the most out of co-washing, you need a lightweight conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner. As an added bonus, Viviscal Conditioner is formulated with Biotin, Keratin, and Zinc that
leaves hair looking naturally thicker and fuller.

  1. Use the Right Co-Washing Technique

Co-washing is a little bit more involved than just rinsing your hair with a conditioner. Start by fully saturating your hair with water. Next, squeeze out enough conditioner to cover your hair from roots to tips. Remember, you’re also cleansing your hair with the conditioner, so you might need more than you would usually use. Massage the conditioner into your scalp and distribute evenly through your ends. Massaging the conditioner will help to break up oil and debris on the scalp. Leave the conditioner in your hair for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. 

  1. Detox Regularly

Once weekly or biweekly, detox your scalp with a good cleansing shampoo. Skipping this step can lead to an itchy scalp, or a build-up on the hair, weighing it down and making it look limp or dirty. Look for a gentle formula like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo to keep your scalp clean and healthy, and promote the best possible environment for healthy hair growth. 

Remember, co-washing isn’t for everyone. But if your hair tends to be dry or break off, experimenting with co-washing may be the secret to unlocking your best hair ever!