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Whether you are an African American woman who wears her hair natural or relaxed, it is important to keep it well conditioned. One way to do this is what's called co-washing. Co-washing, or conditioner washing, is washing your hair using conditioner instead of shampoo. Many women use co-washing in between their weekly shampoos or in place of it. It can be done with natural or relaxed hair.

Co-washing is a way to keep your hair clean while preventing it from drying out. Her is what you do:

STEP 1 Because you are going to be co-washing your hair more frequently, some people suggest that you use a cheap conditioner so you don't break the bank. That's fine, but I would suggest that you make sure the conditioner works well for your hair type. The first time I tried this I only paid attention to cost and wasn't happy with the results.

STEP 2 Rinse your hair with warm water making sure that it is well saturated, and gently comb through your wet hair using either you fingers or a wide tooth comb. Start from the tips and work your way towards the roots. Be careful not to tug and pull your hair as wet hair is very delicate and you can cause it to stretch and break.

STEP 3 Part your hair into four sections and begin applying conditioner one section at a time. Start at your scalp and work the conditioner out to the ends. Repeat with the other three sections. Make sure that the conditioner is evenly distributed throughout your hair.

STEP 4 Gently massage your scalp using your finger tips and allow the conditioner to sit on you hair for several minutes. This is especially important for African Americans who are stretching their relaxers as it will help soften their new growth.

STEP 5 Rinse your hair with cool water. This will help seal the hair follicles.

STEP 6 Apply your leave in conditioner and style as usual.

FINAL NOTES LISTEN TO YOUR HAIR - Pay attention to your hair's health. If you notice a negative change in your hair, change conditioners or stop co-washing. Most hair types can benefit from co-washing, but not all.

RELAXED HAIR- Because your hair is weakened after relaxing, wait at least two weeks before co-washing and deep condition weekly instead.

SHAMPOO - You still should shampoo your hair at least once a week to prevent product build-up on your hair and scalp. A clarifying shampoo works well for this.


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