If you have extremely dry and thirsty hair, I recommend adding a co-wash cleansing conditioner to your hair regimen. Aside from deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners, another product that I often use to refresh my curls are cleansing conditioners.
Co-wash conditioners are crucial in every hair regimen, they’re even more crucial in the wintertime because this is when your hair feels more dry than usual. I often co-wash my hair mid-week as a “pick me up” to refresh my hair in between wash days.
Cleansing conditioners lightly cleanses your hair to remove some product build-up from your hair and condition your hair at the same time.
Unlike shampoos that removes dirt, oil, pollution and excess products from your hair, co-wash conditioners doesn’t completely remove impurities from your hair, it only removes excess products and refreshes your scalp so that your leave-in conditioner can work better to moisturize your hair.
So if you find that your hair product is not working, it might be time for a co-wash. In this post, I’ve compiled a list of ten highly recommended co-wash conditioners you can use to refresh your hair when it needs a “pick me up”.
10 Best Co-Wash Conditioners For 4c Natural Hair
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1. EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
Product Promise: Sulfate-free, no suds gentle cleansing conditioner cream for removing residue and build up between regular washings to promote a healthy hair environment for growth.
Review: “ I have thick curly hair and it detangles it like a dream and leaves my hair so soft. ”
2. Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Flaxseed Recipes Purify Me Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser
Product Promise: This rich, creamy, triple-action remedy replenishes moisture, softens, and thoroughly removes build-up and impurities.
Review: “This cleanser is super moisturizing and cleanses my hair without leaving it feeling dry”.
3. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser
Product Promise: This sulfate-free conditioning cleanser removes impurities without stripping hair of natural oils.
Review: “I really love this conditioner! The ingredients are wonderful as well as the slip. This leaves my hair soft and smelling nice.”
4. Alikay Naturals Co-Wash Me Cleansing Conditioner
Product Promise: Gentle enough for daily cleansing without stripping hair of natural oils. A Jojoba and Peppermint oil blend leaves hair soft, moisturized, hydrated and your scalp feeling clean. Great for all hair types.
Review: “This is the only co-wash ingredients I found that are healthy and smells great. It does the job.”
5. Taliah Waajid Shea-Coco 2-In-1 Conditioning Co-Wash
Product Promise: It will cleanse your hair without stripping it of helpful conditioners. Subtle enough to be used also as a leave-in conditioner, this co-wash will leave hair soft to the touch.
Review: “I find that it’s enough for a co-wash and has enough slip to detangle making it a good co-wash option”
6. True by Made Beautiful Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
Product Promise: This no-poo cleanser gently removes product build-up and conditions without stripping the hair of moisture. Free of sulfates and parabens, shea butter and coconut penetrates hair to nourish. A unique blend of honey and mango provides ultimate moisture.
Customer Review: “Not drying but hair feels nice and clean. Smells great. My favorite cleansing conditioner and I’ve tried a few.”
7. As I Am Coconut Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
Product Promise: Contains a special blend of natural ingredients for healthy hair growth and removing product build-up from your hair between regular washing. Adds and helps hair retain moisture until your next cleanse.
Review: “Cleans my hair without stripping moisture”
8. Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash
Product Promise: It removes impurities without stripping hair of natural oils. Lightweight moisturizers made with detangling properties soften and control frizz, making it easier to de-tangle while co-washing.
Review: “My hair felt soft, it was shiny, my curls were popping.”
9. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Pure-licious Co-Wash
Product Promise: Gently cleanses and removes product residue. It hydrates natural tresses to deliver unstoppable frizz-free curls, coils, and kinks.
Customer Review: “After 3 washes, I am pleased that my hair is softer and more manageable with no flyaways and much more smoothness.”
10. Jane Carter Solution Curls to Go Curl Drench Cleansing Co-Wash
Product Promise: This 2-in-1 sulfate-free formula releases hydrating doses of essential conditioning ingredients. Ultra quenching, it cleanses and conditions, perfecting each curl’s shape.
Review: “I can confidently say that I have seen breakage reduced significantly.”
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