10 Best Co-washes & Cleansing conditioners for Natural Hair

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Co-washing can be an alternative if you have extremely dry hair or need mid-week cleansing. Using a shampoo twice or more a week can strip off your natural oils & to avoid/minimize it, co-wash mid-week then shampoo weekly to get rid of the dirt & product build up. Here are cleansing co-washes for natural hair.

Top 10 cleansing co-wash products

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing Cowash

Product Promise, “The Cleansing CoWash conditions the hair between regular shampoos, bringing back moisture that may have been lost during styling and has a good slip for easy detangling.”

Product Review, “I have used two other cowashes on my natural, 4c, dense, low porosity, gray hair and this is now a favorite. It smells great. After using it my hair felt cleansed and was super soft and not stripped. You get a generous amount in the jar and I feel it was worth the cost. I highly recommend this product. I will be purchasing it again.

As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

Product Promise, “Preserves Moisture. Adds more Moisture and helps hair retain moisture until your next cleanse. Contains a special blend of natural ingredients that work to promote healthy hair growth from the follicular level. Spreads easily throughout hair & gently cleanses hair and scalp.

Product Review, “After trying at immediately after I received it, it worked pretty well on the low porosity 4C hair. It was really moisturizing and had a lovely but not strong scent.

tgin Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler For Dry Hair 

Product Promise, “Cleanses while conditioning: This 3-in-1 cleanser, conditioner and detangler cleans dirty hair while restoring moisture to dry tendrils. Redefines the wash: This time saving co-wash combines the cleansing agents of traditional shampoos with the moisturizing agents of conditioners giving you a quick cleanse and condition when saving time is a must. Revitalizes curls: Curls are instantly brought back to life with cleansing and moisturizing sweet almond oil and pure African shea butter.

Product Review, “I use this in place of shampoo for co- washing. Basically washing my hair with conditioner. This products smells so good. I just love it. It helps my curls and softens my coarse hair.

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Complete Conditioning Co-Wash

Product Promise, “Co-Wash gently cleanses curls and the scalp to avoid product build up while a unique blend of natural butters and oils provide deep moisture. Works on all types of wet or dry hair.”

Product Review, “I purchased this for myself and husband. I have 2C-3A waves/curls and he has 4C curls. This works great for both of our different hair types as he is low porosity and I am high. The scent is great. Nice gentle clean that doesn’t completely strip oils. Works great combined with other Cantu products. “

Creme of Nature with Argan Pure-licious co-wash cleansing conditioner 

Product Promise, “Creamy Hydration Co-Wash is a light-weight, color-safe formula infused with Argan Oil from Morocco, that gently cleanses and removes product residue. It hydrates natural tresses to deliver unstoppable frizz-free curls, coils, kinks and waves.”

Product Review, “My natural 4c hair loves cream of nature products. They work the best for my hair type”

Oyin Handmade Ginger Mint Co-Wash with Invigorating Cleansing Cream with Green Tea & Ginger Extracts

Product Promise, “Smooth & soften your way to clean hair! Gentle, simple cleansing for all hair types.”

Product Review, “I love the way this co-wash smells I use it on my hair (tight, kinky 4c curls) as well as my daughter who has more loose curls. It works wonders. It softens and moisturizes my hair. It helps detangle and bring the bounce to hers.”

Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Nourishing Co-wash

Product Promise, “This hydrating, detangling cleansing cream makes curly hair more manageable and nourishes dry, thirsty curls for frizz-free, defined curls.”

Product Review, “Perfect for 4C hair”

Pantene Sulfate-Free Deep Hydrating Co-Wash with Argan Oil for Curly, Coily Hair

Product Promise, “Ultra-rich cleansing conditioner is gentle on hair for a moisturized feel and ultimate softness and manageability.”

Product Review, “This Co wash left my hair & scalp clean soft and moisturized without stripping my hair of natural oils. It made my hair very smooth with no tangles to my 4b/4c hair.”

Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner.

Product Promise, “Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner For Kinky, Curly, Wavy, Straight Hair, Essential oil that breaks down undesirable buildup and residue at the scalp and roots. Fills cracks of hair cuticle to repair damage, hydrates hair from inside out, Encourages hair growth by stimulating blood flow in scalp, Soften hairs and helps moisture loss to improve hair hydration level.”

Product Review, “This works really well for my super kinky, curly hair. The smell is awesome!”

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

Product Promise, “This conditioning co-wash gently cleanses hair while delivering nourishing hydration”

Product Review, “I love this co-wash! It makes detangling easy and conditions my hair. I have type 4b and 4c hair and it works great! I threw out all of the others because I love how my hair feels after I use this co-wash conditioner. After using mine, my daughter now also uses.”

Which is your favorite co-wash?

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Why deep conditioning your Type 4 Natural Hair is Essential for growth of healthy hair.

Whether your hair feels healthy, don’t skip the deep conditioning step. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back.  What’s deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is an essential wash day step that involves applying a moisturizing and/or protein treatment  to restore moisture, improve elasticity, repair and strengthen hair, reduce breakage and split ends. Experiencing dry, damaged hair and a lot of breakage and shedding? Well, about time you invested in a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner, both are essential for growth of healthy hair. Deep conditioners are also referred to as; hair mask, reconstructors, deep treatments, penetrating treatment, deep masque etc. Deep Conditioner Types. There are 2 deep conditioner types ;  Moisturizing deep conditioner (restores/ retains moisture and improves elasticity)  Protein deep conditioner (repairs damage, strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and damage) Balanced deep conditioner (works as a moisturizing and protein treatment 2-in1 deep conditioner) Each of the deep conditioners has specific ingredients that you should look out for when purchasing. For moisturizing deep conditioners, look out for products with humectants & emollients & protein deep conditioners must have amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins etc. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Type 4 Dry Natural hair. Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair. Why deep condition? Restore moisture after cleansing. Improves hair elasticity Adds or restores natural shine. Repairs and prevents damage. Strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and split ends. How to deep condition. Start off with freshly washed hair. Detangle, use your favorite shampoo to cleanse & thoroughly rinse off the shampoo. Dry your hair until it’s damp  Section your hair & apply the conditioner from the ends to the roots of your strands on each section. Ensure every strand is coated with the hair mask, detangle with your fingers then use a wide tooth comb to properly get rid of the tangles. Twist each section after  applying the deep conditioner. Wear a shower cap, thermal cap to infuse the conditioner nutrients in your strands. You can also warm up the deep conditioner before application, make sure the conditioner isn’t too hot, just warm. Leave the conditioner  for 30 minutes to an hour, you can leave it overnight (the downside of this is you might over moisturize your hair) Rinse off with cool water & if after rinsing your hair feels moisturized, softer & manageable, the deep conditioner has done its job. Deep conditioning Tips. Always aim at maintaining the moisture-protein balance for growth of healthy hair. Heat is important for deep conditioning, it opens up the cuticle for the nutrients to penetrate. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you deep cleanse your hair. How often you use protein treatments depends on the state of your hair, how often you use heat and manipulate. Don’t overdo it, letting your deep conditioner sit on your hair overnight consistently might lead to over conditioning or hygral fatigue. How often do you deep conditioner and what tips have worked for you?

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Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair.

When was the last time you deep conditioned with a protein based conditioner/ protein treatment? We rarely talk about protein deficiency or even complain about it. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back. Protein based deep conditioners are as important as the moisturizing deep conditioner because maintaining the moisture- protein balance is essential for growth of healthy hair, minimize breakage, repair damage and strengthen the hair. Our hair is made up of keratin, a protein which due to daily manipulation, use of heat, chemicals, colors and environmental stressors get worn out. Protein treatments come in handy to fill the gaps left by the worn out keratin. Keratin keeps your hair strong thus minimizing breakage and hair shedding.  How often you use protein treatment depends on the amount of damage , manipulation, if you’ve recently colored your hair, amount of breakage you’re experiencing and how your hair feels. How to tell your hair needs protein; Hair is highly porous- absorb & release moisture faster than normal. Hair looks limp, lacks the bouncy look & looks dull. Hair lacks its elasticity. Hair feels gummy or sticky Increased breakage & shedding. Which ingredients should you look for in a protein based deep conditioner? Hydrolyzed proteins are the main ingredients to look for when purchasing a protein based deep conditioner. Why hydrolyzed proteins? Because hydrolyzed proteins have been broken into smaller particles that can be easily absorbed & they include Hydrolyzed soy protein Hydrolyzed wheat Keratin Hydrolyzed silk Hydrolyzed oat flour Collagen Lipids Amino acids Protein treatments for type 4 hair Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “APHOGEE Two step protein treatment is a serious treatment for seriously damaged hair. It rebuilds broken damaged hair. Rebuilds hair structure within six weeks. Ideal for Permed, tinted or relaxed hair. Stops hair breakage” Product Review, “The best protein treatment for curly hair” Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner Product Promise, “Perfect as a deep-conditioning treatment, this conditioner infuses moisture, shine, and strength into the hair follicle. Natural proteins strengthen hair to decrease frizz, improve volume, and increase hair growth.” Product Review, “I would definitely recommend this product to my friends. It is a wonderful protein treatment for your hair.” ApHogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “Prevents breakage and split ends. Antioxidant green tea protects hair. Adds body for easier styling.” Product Review, “It works great as a light protein treatment for my natural hair. It doubles nicely for a deep conditioner. Great purchase.” Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein-Strong Treatment Product Promise, “This masque treatment powered by reparative proteins and butters, in a nutrient-rich strengthening cream to naturally reinforce and revitalize over-processed, abused hair fibers, while reducing breakage up to 76%” Product Review, “Perfect protein treatment for my fine damaged curly hair.” How do you maintain the moisture – protein balance & which protein treatment works for your hair?

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