the ultimate co wash guide pic


If you have natural, afro-like hair texture like me, super curly hair or are familiar with the ‘Curly Girl Method’, then you have probably heard the term Co-Washing. There are a lot of questions concerning the term: What is it? Should I do it for MY hair type? What type should I try? I answer all of this and more with my Ultimate Co-Wash Guide, plus a full review of the Bel Nouvo CoCo Castor CoWash AND a video of my co-wash routine!

What is Co-Washing?

Co-washing is washing your hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. This will remove product buildup from your hair and scalp without completely stripping your scalp of it’s natural oils. You can use any conditioner. Now, some companies have separate conditioners made specifically for co-washing!

Why should I Co-Wash?

Co-Washing doesn’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils. Some shampoos can remove not only the dirt, but all of the natural oils from your hair and scalp, leaving your hair super dry. Dryness begets breakage!

Who should Co-Wash?

Everyone should try it! Curly girls, afro girls and girls with dryer hair especially. You may not have to do it as much if your hair is considered oily or if you have straighter hair. The oils in your hair are already being transferred to the ends of your hair at a regular rate, so you won’t have to worry about breakage as much. For afro/curly girls, the natural oils from the scalp aren’t always reaching to the ends of the hair, creating dry, brittle ends. Washing your hair with a stripping shampoo frequently only adds more dryness to the equation!

How Often?

Think about how often you shampoo your hair and try to replace some of those washes with co-washes. I try to co-wash my hair once a week, only shampooing when my hair is really dirty.

What about shampoo?

I still use shampoo for when I need to get my hair completely clean, and I will also follow up with a deep treatment to restore moisture in my hair. If you still don’t feel comfortable using shampoo, an apple cider vinegar cleanse is an alternative.

How should I Co-Wash?

I have an entire video showing how I co-wash below!

What are the best co-washes or conditioners?

I’ve used and loved Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner, As I am Coconut Co-Wash, III Sister of Nature Cleansing Co-Wash, and today I will be reviewing the Bel-Nouvo CoCo Cast Co-Wash!

I LOVE Bel-Nouvo products, they are the only product that gives my hair moisture AND shine, so I have high expectations for this product.

Review of Bel-Nouvo CoCo Castor Co-Wash:

I decided to use this product when my hair was dry, had no curl definition and product build-up (as you can see below):


Here’s my hair after using the co-wash! Visibly shinier and my curl definition has come back:



The Verdict:

I loved the Co-Wash! It Smelled just like the CoCo Castor Pudding that I use to twist my hair. It had a lightweight consistency that I thought would be a little heavier, but that was okay because it had great slip for detangling. I used A LOT  of product (or so I thought) and barely made a dent in the bottle, so I’m sure this product will last for a while! It left my hair feeling clean but not stripped, moisturized and restored of moisture.

I will definitely be adding this to my co-wash rotation!

Will you be trying co-washing? Have you before? Let me know in the comment section!

My Co-Wash Routine! (VIDEO) 


*This product was sent to me by Bel Nouvo for my consideration. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own!