Let’s have a lil chat about CO-WASHING, aka: “conditioner washing”. The first time anyone told me I should try washing my hair with a cleansing conditioner, I was like GIRL BYE. I’m a bubble loving froth queen so I was just not about to rub condtioner in my hair without shampooing. And I was certainly not going to believe that that’s going to leave me with anything but a hot greasy mess after blowdrying. Uh… Until I tried it. Let me tell you that I blew out my hair and it was (I swear) bouncier and fuller than usual. So then I was like– okay, beginner’s luck. My hair must have been cleaner than I thought to start. I did it again– same results. I kept thinking to myself– if this works so well then why doesn’t everyone do it?? I realized that just like me, most people probably want the bubbles. It’s just what we know. Bubbles mean there’s a cleaning agent and if there’s a cleaning agent, then there are less oils. And yes, while that’s true, it doesn’t mean that’s a good thing. After diving deeper into the actual science of hair for the last few years, I’ve realized how much we need to keep some of those natural oils (don’t vomit, it’s called sebum) on the scalp and in the hair. Sebum is hands down the greatest conditioner a girl can get. Better than the most expensive thing from the beauty supply or even the most natural organic oil you can find at a health food store. Using a cleansing conditioner will take the oils off the suface almost completely, but it will leave the good stuff on the inside so it can do it’s work to moisturize and strengthen from within.
Personally, I tried co-washing for the first time a couple years ago and anytime I see someone struggling with moisture or breakage or dull hair, I immediately chime in to tell them to try co-washing. It’s a hard sell but once you try it, you understand and you feel the difference. Each brand is going to have a different application suggestion, but I like to imagine my hair split into 4 equal sections– two in the front and two in the back. I take a couple pumps and rub it into my scalp, section by section. Then once it’s all in, I massage it into my scalp for a couple minutes, then rinse. But check the bottle for additional instructions.
CURLY, THICK, WAVY OR COARSE HAIR: No one benefits more from this that my curly girls. Co-washing is truly a must for anyone with curly hair, as curly hair naturally lacks moisture. Thick, coarse hair often needs some extra TLC in the moisture department as well. Wash your hair every 3-5 days (3 for coarse, thick and closer to 5 for curly girls) and use this every time.
FINE, STRAIGHT, LIGHTLY WAVY, OR LIMP HAIR: If you have finer or straight hair and you’re terrified to commit, try alternating first. You’ll at least be saving more of your oils than you are now. I have fine hair but a lot of it. I co-wash twice a week and regular wash once a week. And then in the summer, I like to alternate because my hair produces more oil when it’s hot out.
I know this is a lot for some, and take your time in convincing yourself to try it… but TRY IT. You will be shocked at how light and airy your hair feels after co-washing. There’s a cool new co-washing product coming out soon that I can’t wait to tell you about. But for now, tell us your co-washing experiences (or fears) in the comments below, and please include your hair type/texture! This is such a great topic to discuss…
The weather is changing and there’s a lot more moisture in the air, which can be great for your skin but awful after fresh blowout. One of our favorite ways to preserve a new blowout, flat iron waves or curling iron curls when it’s humid outside is to use either an anti-humectant spray or balm, depending on your hair type… but more about that later.
When you blowdry your hair, you’re removing water from the inside as well as the outside. As it dries, you’re (for lack of a better word) “re-forming” the hair into whatever shape you’re round brushing, curling or flat iron it into. Once the hair is dry completely and your look is set, you want to avoid letting too much moisture or water back into the hair because that will encourage your hair to go back to it’s natural state or at least part way there often causing frizziness or limp locks (definitely not saying there’s anything wrong with your hair’s natural state, for the record).
Anti-humectant to the rescue!! You may remember HERE when I was in Miami with Lauren and I talked about using this spray to keep out the Miami moisture. Anti-humectants basically create a thin invisible film on the hair that will repel water and moisture, keeping it styled the way you want it. I typically use two different types of anti-humectant products. A balm or a spray. I tend to use THIS SUPER FINE SPRAY version for thin or fine hair because it’s a lighter application. I finish the heat styling that I want to do on the hair and then spray a light veil of this. When it comes to thick, coarse or curly blown out hair, I will often turn to THIS BALM version. It’s the balm. Ha! Warm up a pea sized dab of this in between the palms of your hands and distribute evenly, starting in area where moisture attacks your hair the most, this can be different for everyone.
Whichever you choose, try to be light handed with it because you don’t need much. Anti-humectant products tend to last me a very long time. They shampoo out really easily and never feel oily or greasy when applied correctly. Follow the instruction on the bottle and do what’s right for your own amount of hair. These are also great in the summer when it’s hot or if you sweat at night, which often causes the underneath of your hair to frizz up.
Have you ever tried anti-humectant spray or balm? If so, spill it in the comments below!