Why You Need to Try Co-Washes

This hair trend is changing the way you shower. See how, here.

Why You Need to Try Co-Washes
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The process of washing hair hasn't really changed too much. Lather, rinse, repeat. Condition, rinse. Dry. But what if someone told you to skip the first step? That's exactly what a new hair trend would have you do.

Co-washes are used instead of shampoo to cleanse hair. Because they're much gentler than shampoo, conditioners are easier on color-treated hair, as well as coarse or frizzy manes. And yes, they still clean hair. Co-washes are specifically designed to still cleanse hair of oil, dirt and build-up, but they do so without stripping hair of the natural "good" oils, which are necessary to keep frizzy, dry hair nourished. For those with curls or waves, a co-wash might just be what the stylist ordered. 

Although skipping washes or using conditioners to cleanse hair has been a secret of curly-haired ladies for a while, the trend is finally going mainstream. See three of the newest products to hit shelves.

Living Proof Curl Conditioning Wash, $26, at sephora.com

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This non-lathering, sulfate-free formula combines cleansing ingredients with a conditioning base for smoother, hydrated curls that are free of dirt and oil.

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, $36, at beautydeals.net

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This shampoo-replacer gently removes dirt while locking in moisture to extend the life of hair color while promoting smooth, frizz-free texture.

Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Co-Wash, $5, at drugstore.com

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Created specifically for textured hair, this co-wash contains vitamin E-rich almond oil and coconut essence, as well as a dandruff fighter to cleanse and condition hair.

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