May 27, 2015 Spotlight

How to Make Co-Washing Work for Your Hair Type

This post is brought to you by our friends at Matrix.

You may have already heard all the buzz going on around about the no-shampoo movement, especially now that women are sudsing up less frequently due to the stripping of hair’s natural oils (and even processed color). But, saving your strands doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop washing your hair completely. Whew! Whether your hair is curly or pin straight, thick, fine, frizzy, dry or limp — we’ve found a way to make sure this “no-poo” method will get you on the fast track to silky smooth and manageable strands. Curious? Keep reading!

Co-Washing Hair

What Is a Cleansing Conditioner?

Conditioner washing or “co-washing” is a low-lather, fast-rinsing and soap-free alternative to traditional shampoo that instantly leaves hair with incredible body, shine and movement. We know what you’re thinking — if they don’t foam, are they even cleaning your hair? And conditioner typically leaves your hair looking flat (and maybe even a bit greasy), right? Well, the answer is technically yes and no.

If you’re excited about this new way to wash your hair and instantly try to use your regular conditioner to “co-wash,” then yes, you’ll be left with limp locks. But, that’s only because traditional conditioners are only meant to … condition (not cleanse)! To really get the right results, you must use a product that is specifically meant for conditioner washing since they can also lift dirt and impurities, all while treating your strands. And not to mention, it’s important that you find one that works with your specific hair type as well — or else you could be using a formula that will only weigh your hair down or leave it looking … unwashed!

That’s where the Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioners come in! They are free of any heavy silicones, parabens or harsh salts, so that you can get a deep cleanse, minus the heavy feel or greasy film. It applies like a conditioner, and after just five minutes, the formula melts into your hair to condition from within while whisking dirt and build-up away (and sending it down the drain!). To cleanse, condition and treat your hair in just one step. Now that’s a beauty routine we can support!

So, Which One Is Right for Me?

Not sure where to start? The Biolage Cleansing Conditioners feature a range of formulas, each containing a different super fruit specifically designed to treat fine, medium, coarse and curly hair textures. All the guesswork is gone! If your hair is dry, damaged, chemically processed, fragile, thin, unruly or even super curly — “co-washing” is right for you!  

Co-Washing Fine Hair
Biolage Cleansing Conditioner With Citrus for Fine Hair: For thin, fragile hair that can’t hold a curl, use this co-washing formula to enhance shine, suppleness and keep static under control.

Co-Washing Medium Hair
Biolage Cleansing Conditioner With Acai for Medium Hair: For hair types that have volume and body, but tend to be frizzy, this co-wash cleanser will restore shine and smoothness.

Co-Washing Coarse Hair
Biolage Cleansing Conditioner With Avocado for Coarse Hair: If you hair is resistant to styling, high maintenance and has a combination of textures, this cleansing conditioner will restore smoothness and manageability.

Co-Washing Curly Hair
Biolage Cleansing Conditioner With Pomegranate for Curly Hair: For defined curls in need of moisture, this lightweight formula will enhance curl definition and natural bounce.

How Do I Use My New Cleansing Conditioner?

Evenly distribute the recommended 6-8 pumps of the cleansing conditioner from root-to-tip and back to front. You may need a bit more or less depending on hair type and length. Gently massage the product into your hair and on your scalp. Remember, since there are no harsh detergents, you won’t get the same lathering effect you get from a traditional shampoo!

Let the cleansing conditioner work its magic for at least five minutes. As you rinse, the product turns into a soap-free cleanser that removes dirt and oils without stripping your hair of moisture. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and finish the process by using the Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner Leave-In Treatment that matches your hair type to prevent breakage, improve shine, suppleness, manageability and all-day control!

Forget the traditional lather, rinse & repeat! There’s a new and improved way to wash your hair. For more tips and tricks on how to "co-wash" the right way, check out this Pinterest page from Matrix Biolage.  



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