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Washing your hair with only conditioner? How does that work? Well, it is a trend in the US…
Whenever I tell people about CoWash, they always look at me with some suspicion, however its not as bizarre as one might initially think…
CoWash is the abbreviation of conditioner only washing, and it especially benefits dry, curly and dyed hair. Shampoos usually contain a range of surfactants that can clean the hair well, but also dry it out. Conditioners however, are clearly meant be nurturing, containing emulsifiers as well as small amounts of surfactants. This combination, when applied to wet hair and massaged in, makes dirt and grease much softer and easier to rinse out – almost like shampoo.
When I first heard about the trend, I wanted to give it a go myself, and really find out whether and how CoWash actually works. So, I gave it ago!
I did find out that not every conditioner is CoWash suitable. Silicones and Quats are natural cosmetics No-nos anyway, and as they lead to build-ups on the scalp with this ‘massager’ method as well, there seems little hope for them! So, What did work? Well, the BDIH/COSMOS certified Natural Active Hair Conditioner by Speick was double effective because not only is it silicone free, but it is also one of the lighter conditioners with a relatively creamy texture. You don’t even have to dilute it to get it to spread well! It also contains no cationic surfactants or film formers, which can also cause the uncomfortable and ineffective build-up. In addition to water, the Natural Active Hair Conditioner contains fatty alcohol, argan oil, and of course extracts from the medicinal Speick plant, so that even during the short time you will be applying the conditioner you will be able to enjoy the lovely and invigorating Speick scent.
Anyway! My hair felt soft and well looked-after after the Natural Active CoWash, also my scalp definitely agreed with this mild shampooing. So top marks!
I have to say how beautifully multi-functional the Natural Active Hair Conditioner is: of course you can use it classically as a hair conditioner or hair mask, but also as the gentle shampooing option of CoWash. Since I often use hair waxes and gels, and thus need a slightly stronger cleaning, I like to switch between normal shampoo and CoWash, but it makes a nice break, and after all, every woman must find their own rhythm!
I wish you as much fun as I had trying this out!
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