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7 Best CGM Co-Wash for Curly Hair (2022)

Retaining moisture in your hair is an uneasy task, especially in the cold winter months or if you have color-treated curls. Luckily, there is a simple solution to that. Have you ever heard about co-washing? Let’s talk about the best co-wash for curly hair!

What is a co-wash for curly hair?

Conditioner washing or co-washing means ditching your shampoo (possibly with harsh surfactants or a blend of surfactants that might dry your hair out) and washing your beautiful curls with cleansing conditioner only. 

Is co-washing good for curly hair?

Yes, it’s excellent because the conditioner helps to retain moisture, combats frizz, and keeps your hair shiny. Cleansing conditioner helps to remove the dirt and excess oil from the scalp but doesn’t rob the moisture from your curls. 

However, sometimes co-washing might not be enough.

If you are using products with silicones or lots of hair styling products, you should use clarifying shampoo from time to time, says Trisha Chapman, hairstylist at the salon that specializes in curly hair.

She also adds that you don’t have to buy a cleansing conditioner at first. If you want to see how your curls react to the co-washing, try washing your hair with the regular conditioner as it has cleansing benefits, too. 

7 best curly girl approved co-wash

As I Am Coconut Cowash

+ Helps to detangle hair
+ Works wonders for type 4 hair
+ Thick texture so easy to spread throughout the hair
+ Helps to retain moisture
+ Great price
+ Our favorite 

- Might not be the best co-wash choice for thin or wavy hair
- Contains coconut oil, which is not everyone’s cup of tea
- Packaging (jar) is not convenient


Cruelty-free but not 100% vegan

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash

+ Affordable
+ Leaves hair soft and frizz-free
+ Suitable for kids
+ Works well for high porosity hair

- Might weigh down thin or fine hair
- High concentration of oils and shea butter so it won’t work if you have straight or wavy hair
- The scent might be too intense
- Watery consistency


Ouidad Curl Immersion Low-Lather Coconut Cleansing Conditioner

+ Safe for color-treated hair
+ Strengthen curls
+ Suitable for every curl type & porosity
+ Protein free

- Higher price point
- Heavily perfumed

Cruelty-free but not 100% vegan


Oyin Handmade Ginger Mint Co-Wash

+ Detangles and conditions hair
+ Great for oily hair
+ Works wonders for type 4 hair
+ The smell is not too strong

- Bottle is small for the price
- It might be too heavy for straight or wavy hair

Cruelty-free but not 100% vegan


MopTop Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

+ Natural ingredients
+ OK for any hair type
+ Helps to manage frizz
+ It doesn’t weigh hair down

- Strong-smelling
- Very light slip, so it could be hard to apply it evenly



EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing Cowash

+ Moisturizes and detangles hair at the same time
+ Great ingredients (aloe, coconut oil, keratin & shea butter)
+ Works well on relaxed hair
+ Good for color-treated hair

- Might weigh wavy hair down
- Hard to rinse the product out



As I Am Born Curly Avocado Shea Cowash

+ Great price
+ Suitable for the whole family, even toddlers
+ Good for looser curl patterns
+ Lightweight
+ Maintains moisture balance

- No lather at all
- Small bottle

Cruelty-free & 100% vegan


The bottom line

“Washing your hair with conditioner only might be unusual at first but try to find the right one for your hair type and hair porosity,” says Trisha Chapman, hairstylist & writer at SubjectCurls.

There are many different products on the market, but finding the proper cleansing conditioning with this curly girl method-approved co-wash guide might not be that hard.

Trisha also says that you can use your regular conditioner for the co-washing, but there is a risk that your hair will be greasy and the scalp itchy afterward. Try Trisha’s personal favorite As I Am CoWash at first. It has a great price point and even more significant benefits!

Get the hair you deserve!

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