Cowashing: Is Using Regular Conditioner Good Enough?

Cowashing: it's all the buzz among curlies looking to cleanse their hair and scalp without stripping it of moisture. The general premise of cowashing involves utilizing conditioner or conditioner-like products to gently lift dirt and buildup.

For years, curlies and naturals have used store brand conditioners like Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, Aussie Moist, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, V05, and Suave to simultaneously cowash, detangle, and condition theier hair. But as natural hair gains more traction among mainstream and natural hair product manufacturers, products specifically labeled as cowashes or cleansing conditioners have began to emerge. Often times, the aforementioned tride and true conditioners fall under $5 for a lifetime supply (just kidding, we go through conditioner faster than anything). However, many of the new cowash kids on the block cost nearly double if not more.

Are they worth it? Has conditioner really been working as well as we thought, or should we look to these specific cowashing products to do the job more effectively? Check out the answer to this question and more at!