Despite the name making it sound like a collaboration of products for washing your hair, it’s actually the opposite. Co-washing is short for ‘conditioner-only washing’, meaning no shampoo is used at all. This suds-free method aims to give you smoother, softer, and easier-to-manage locks, especially if you've got curly or wavy hair.
You’re probably wondering what’s wrong with shampoo and why are we trying to skip it? Well, many shampoos are formulated to include sulfates—although these detergents clean hair thoroughly, they can actually strip your locks of their natural oils and moisture, leaving them dry and more prone to breakage. By skipping the shampoo step, your hair is able to maintain its natural moisture levels, enabling it to become healthier and more resilient.