I've Found The Secret To The Perfect Co-Washing Routine

Do you co-wash? Do you want to start? Then keep it here.

It’s no secret that I’m on Team Shea Moisture all day every day for most of my hair needs, but up until recently my routine missing something: a solid co-wash and styling cream.

I’ve experimented with multiple brands and formulas to find the right products for me in that respect, and now I've finally met my match!

For those of you who don’t know, a co-wash is just a lightweight conditioner used in place of shampoo to cleanse the hair and scalp.

I’ve never been very particular about my co-wash products; I’ve always just used a thin, cheap conditioner to cleanse my strands in between shampoos. But after I cut my hair short, I decided that I wanted to make an effort to treat my hair well since it’s essentially all new growth.

What I like about this co-wash is that it gets my hair and scalp clean without any dryness.

With coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and other natural oils, this conditioner leaves my hair softer and more manageable. It's also a great detangler for my longer top/front pieces, which can be hard to comb through. As for the berry scent, it's fresh but not overpowering.

Now, I'm not typically a fan of any product labeled “hair milk.” The formulas are often too heavy for my fine texture and end up weighing it down after just a few uses. Not so with Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk. I didn’t get that greasy scalp feeling that I often feel after a couple uses of other styling creams.

The moisturizing effect leaves my curls feeling defined and hydrated, not heavy and flat.

The lack of heaviness was especially helpful to me when I wasn’t able to get a good cleanse in during the first few weeks of recovery (I just had surgery). Just a tiny bit in my hair each day helped eliminate frizz without adding weight.

  • Do you co-wash?
  • What are your favorite co-wash and styling products for curly hair?