Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Some routines are made to be broken – especially when there’s a new beauty trend to try. Time to give co-washing a shot. The buzzed-about haircare innovation is all about more benefits and less fuss.
What is co-washing?
It’s short for “conditioner-only washing.” You skip the shampoo and only use conditioner, whether you’re a daily or weekly washer. Co-washing is a gentle way to cleanse hair without drying your scalp or stripping your locks of natural oils.
What does it do?
It gives you a soft, second-day hair look that’s easy to manage. The key is using special cleansing conditioners that are created to clean your hair while adding moisture and hydration. You may see a boost in shine and smoothness. Plus, your color lives on longer.
Who can get in on the craze?
Nearly everyone! It was once a secret of those with naturally curly hair, because textured hair tends to be drier than straight hair. But now with lots of options (including our picks below), you’ll find a new way to clean that’s just your type. If you have fine or straight hair, try a hair rinse instead of a co-wash for a gentle clean that doesn’t leave buildup.
Our Shampoo Free Picks
FOR ANY HAIR
dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
This ancient ingredient gently removes impurities from your hair and scalp. Also infused with lavender extract, aloe vera, argan oil and more.SHOP NOW
FOR KINKY CURLS
Ouidad Curl Immersion Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
Soak up coconut oil to improve texture, and rosemary and sage oils to refresh. Remove buildup without compromising moisture.SHOP NOW
FOR COLORED CURLS
Joico Color Co+Wash
Get three times more color protection with this unique “whipped” formula.SHOP NOW
FOR DRY HAIR
Unwash Anti-Residue Rinse
De-grime anytime with a non-strip formula that removes buildup from styling products.SHOP NOW
FOR FRIZZY HAIR
Redken Genius Wash Cleansing Conditioner
Try this low-lather, light conditioning that leaves hair smooth, soft and glossy.SHOP NOW
FOR THICK, CURLY HAIR
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser
It softens and controls frizz, leaving those ringlets infinitely bouncy.SHOP NOW