Co-Washing: Should You Be Ditching Shampoo?

Published on October 6, 2015


Many people who come in to see us at Lindsay Griffin Boston are surprised to learn that several of our stylists don’t wash their hair every day, or even every other day. Some people may be a little appalled at the idea of ditching their daily or bi-daily shampoo, but depending on your hair type, it could be the way to go.

url Photo: Kevin Murphy

Entering co-washing. C0-washing is an abbreviated way of saying “conditioner washing,” meaning that you are washing only with a conditioner and foregoing the daily shampoo.

So what hair types benefit the most from co-washing? Generally, those with wavy or curly, thick, or dry hair will see the best results from washing with conditioner. Textured hair types tend to be dryer, because oil from the scalp are not able to travel all of the twists and turns of the hair strand like they can on straight or thin hair. However, this doesn’t mean that straight and thin hair types can’t co-wash too. It is simply recommended that they continue to shampoo every other day, or every three days, and co-wash on the days in between. Experts recommend that for those who are thinking of trying co-washing more often than not, add in a clarifying shampoo once weekly to get rid of build up that may occur on the scalp.

Davines-Shampoo-Selection-e1437444222897A variety of Davines conditioners, including Melu, LOVE Smoothing, Oi, and the Solu clarifying shampoo.
Photo: The MinuteGlass

While co-washing can be great for those who want to stop stripping the natural oils from their hair, it is advised that those who have scalp conditions such a dermatitis should continue to use a daily shampoo, as stopping that regimen could make the condition worse.

We’ve put together a list of the conditioners that we carry, by hair type, that will help you get the benefit of co-washing:

Kevin.Murphy Luxury Rinse
Davines LOVE Curl Conditioner

Frizzy or Thick
Davines LOVE Smooth Conditioner
Kevin.Murphy Luxury Rinse

Davines Dede ConditionerKevin.Murphy Angel Rinse

Brittle/Over-Processed or Aging
Davines Nou Nou Conditioner
Kevin.Murphy Young Again Rinse [More specifically for aging, dull hair]

Color Treated
Davines Minu Conditioner

Kevin.Murphy Hydrate Me Conditioner
Davines Melu Conditioner [More specifically for long or damaged hair]
Davines Momo Conditioner

Also, the two clarifying shampoos we carry carry here at Lindsay Griffin Boston are the Kevin.Murphy Maxi Wash, and Davines Solu Shampoo, both created as a clarifying wash to get rid of buildup on the scalp and hair.

Feel free to stop by and visit us to find out if co-washing could benefit your hair, and what we recommend for you to use as a conditioner!

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