Truth be told, I hop on and off the “co-washing” bandwagon with abandon.
In theory, I’m the perfect candidate. My hair is naturally coarse as all get-out, and I live in FLA, which might – ahem – mean a little humidity on occasion.
So you would think I’d be all. over. skipping shampoo a few times a week and swapping-in conditioner.
And yet…I’m not in fact all. over. the co-washing phenom.
Frankly, I think it’s because I didn’t have the perfect-for-me product.
I’ve tried – several times! – to fall in love with WEN Cleansing Conditioner, but it just didn’t happen. My hair feels like glue afterward, and I seriously don’t dig that. Who would?
Lately, I’ve been using the Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. I find it better for my uber-frizzy locks than the WEN, but again, not a slam dunk.
In the spirit of “persistence pays off” let us now turn our attention to the new love of my co-washing life: R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner.
According to the press mats, it’s “good for color-treated, under-hydrated or coarse hair.”
Check, check and check. I’m a fake blonde with seriously under-hydrated (read: dry as a proverbial bone) locks.
If you watch the how-to-use it video on the R+Co website (highly recommended, btw, for great styling pointers from hair god Howard McLaren), you’ll learn about some of the lush natural ingredients that gives Analog its intoxicating scent:
Egyptian argan oil
Japanese green tea
India horsetail extract
French nettle leaf extract
Is Analog a little spendy because of all these sourced-from-everywhere ingredients? Yes. But you really don’t need to use much – even someone with a mop as thick as mine doesn’t need to use much – so a can lasts forevuh.
Besides, it’s a two-fer. Shampoo plus conditioner.
And double besides: If you’re like me, you will probably only want to co-wash once or twice a week. Other days, you’ll want to go the squeaky-clean route, with straight-up, full-throttle, traditional shampoo.
At this stage in my life, I really only need my hair to look banging about three times a week: For my Docent gig at the Dali Museum; for random lunches and business meetings at semi-schmancy restaurants; for date nights with Hubby.
Since I’m not showing up at an office every day right now, I don’t feel the need to be in a perpetual state of hair-perfection.
So I can co-wash, and not only keep my hair healthier, but streeeeeetch out my color.
I still show up for my root touch-up like clockwork every month, but I find that if I skip a little of the squeaky-clean, full-throttle shampooing, my color oomph lasts a little longer. That’s always good, right? Color oomph?