If we told you the traditional, two-step shampoo-and-conditioner shower routine was unnecessary, would you believe us? Well you should, because as of late the process of “co-washing” has becoming increasingly popular. Unfamiliar with the practice? Brandon Schwartz, Brand Director for Unwash, explains: “Co-washing has replaced the traditional shampoo-and-conditioner regimen with a new method of cleansing hair based on a conditioner-like formula that gently cleanses without the use of harsh surfactants that dry and deplete hair of its natural oils,” he says. “It cleans the hair while locking in hair’s good-for-you oils.”
With the recent increase in quality co-washing products available (generally referred to as “washing creams” or “cleansing conditioners’), you just might be convinced to convert. We rounded up some must-try washing creams sure to keep your locks healthy and your showers clutter free. After all, we love nothing more than a pared-down beauty routine.
Cleansing Conditioners We Love
For All Manes
Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, $36
This new formula is thinner than a traditional co-wash product, which makes it ideal for all hair types.
For Sensitive Scalps
Leonor Greyl Deep-Conditioning Scalp Treatment, $45
If you have a dry or sensitive scalp, apply this product from the root to the end, leave for 5 minutes and then start slowly adding water and emulsifying.
For Dyed Hair
Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme, $40
This cleanser (which is completely free of parabens, sulfates and detergents) gently rids of impurities without compromising color-treated hair.
Ouidad Curl Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner, $30
Formulated specifically for wavy manes, this product puts some bounce back in your curl.
For The Budget Conscious
L’Oreal EverCreme Conditioning Cleanser, $7
Coming in under the $10 mark, this sulfate-free formula is a cost-effective option for any babe on a budget.
For The Olfactory Obsessed
WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, $32
A pioneer in the cleansing-conditioner movement, WEN by Chaz Dean's lineup offers options for different hair types. The Sweet Almond Mint version suits all manes and gets bonus points for its lovely smell.