A trend for washing your hair with just conditioner and no shampoo has emerged during the coronavirus isolation period.
Google searches for ‘co-washing’ – short for conditioner washing – are up 178 per cent over the past few months, and experts say it could be better for your hair.
Not only will co-washing save you time and money, but it could also give you healthier, shinier hair while letting your locks maintain their natural oils and moisture.
A trend for washing your hair with just conditioner and no shampoo has gathered speed during the coronavirus isolation period (the results pictured)
Google reported search increases of 178 per cent for ‘co-washing’ in the past few months (the results pictured)
‘Many people are opting for a co-wash to avoid that frizz you get from shampooing,’ Aveda Educator and Artistic Lead, Mathew Wickham, told FEMAIL.
What is co-washing?
* Co-washing is washing your hair without shampoo and just conditioner.
* By cutting down on the use of shampoo, your hair is able to maintain its natural moisture levels, so it can grow healthier and more resilient.
‘Traditionally a co-wash would utilise just your conditioner, refreshing the shine and health of your hair without that just washed look.
‘Thicker hair that has more texture is particularly more prone to frizz post shampoo, yet they still want to wet and condition their hair.’
Aveda have even brought out a product targeted at the co-washing market, their ‘Be Curly Co-Wash’.
This costs $38 and gives your hair a light clean while also just helping to boost your hair’s natural state.
Devotees claim that ditching or at least reducing your use of shampoo will help to smooth and calm any unwanted frizz (pictured using before and after)
By co-washing, you will also be allowing your hair to maintain its natural oils and moisture level without being stripped from shampoo (pictured after co-washing)
What are the benefits of co-washing?
* Allows your hair to maintain natural oils and moisture level
* Smooths and calms frizz
* Easier on the hair
* Makes hair shinier
When it comes to the benefits of co-washing, they are myriad.
Devotees claim that ditching or at least reducing your use of shampoo will help to smooth and calm any unwanted frizz.
By co-washing, you will also be allowing your hair to maintain its natural oils and moisture level without being stripped from shampoo.
Frequent washing and using harsh sulphates, detergents, or some of the chemicals frequently found in shampoo can strip the hair of its natural oils.
‘I love love love this co-wash,’ one woman wrote in a review of Be Curly.
‘I wash my hair twice a week and I use Be Curly Style Prep every day. I no longer use a separate shampoo and conditioner at all… It has really helped to reduce the frizz in my curls.’
Frequent washing and using harsh sulphates, detergents, or some of the chemicals frequently found in shampoo can strip the hair of its natural oils (pictured after co-washing)
Previously, a hair stylist told FEMAIL we should all only be washing our hair once a week maximum (results pictured after co-washing)
Aveda have even brought out a product targeted at the co-washing market, their ‘Be Curly Co-Wash’ (pictured)
Using just one product also means you can save money and valuable time in the shower in the morning.
The Be Curly co-wash has a five star rating online, and is one of many co-washing options on the market.
The haircare trend also boasts countless celebrity fans, including Beyonce who credits it with her incredible curls.
Speaking previously to FEMAIL, the hair stylist and owner of Windle London Paul Windle revealed you should only be washing your hair maximum once a week – and merely rinsing it with water in between times.
The top stylist also revealed that if our hair does feel dirty then a simple rinse with water can be just as effective as using a product, as shampoos and conditioners just loosen any dirt in the hair.
When you do come to washing your hair you should also note how much shampoo you’re using.
‘If it’s not foamy enough, add more water, not more product and massage it in,’ Paul told MailOnline.