How I Co-Wash & Seal My Hair

Monday, October 08, 2012

In my regimen, I co-wash (i.e., conditioner wash) in between my mud or shampoo bar cleansing. Particularly when I do wash and gos, I prep my hair by co-washing it first. I usually prefer to use an inexpensive co-wash conditioner because I like to use alot of product. That's why my top pick below is the TRESemme Naturals conditioner (I can go through a bottle of it in about 2 weeks). But don't sleep on the Curl Junkie Daily Fix either - it's only my second pick only because it's more expensive and not as accessible as the TRESemme Naturals. I like to save it for those "special" co-washes (lol). But the slip is amazing and it's also very moisturizing - it definitely gets the job done and for me it is totally worth the once-or-twice-per-year splurge. And now that the cooler Fall temperatures are in full effect where I live, I more consistently seal my ends after co-washing to help retain the moisture I put into my hair when I co-wash. Pictured below are my current favorite co-wash conditioners and oils to seal with, along with a video detailing my co-wash and sealing process.



Co-wash Favs: 1. TRESemme Naturals with Aloe Vera and Avocado // 2. Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner
Sealing Favs: 1. Organic Coconut Oil // 2. Almond Oil
Honorable Mentions: Jojoba Oil
My Process: Video - How I Co-wash & Seal

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18 comments

  1. I totally cheat when it comes to sealing. I've been adding oils to my leave in conditioner. Up here in the north, coconut oil will flake horribly in cold weather, so I don't use it in the winter. Jojoba oil is my choice in the winter and cool months.

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    1. Wow! Coconut oil has never flaked for me during the winter season where I am - that's interesting. I also like jojoba oil too and I think I'll edit my post and add it as an honorable mention :) I think if you're adding oils to your leave-in its still technically sealing LOL :)

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  2. So, after co-washing and then sealing, do you apply leave-in and a styler? I think I've been doing it backwards, if so. I co-wash, apply leave-in and then seal and then styler...

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    1. I co-wash, then seal, then apply my leave-in and styler. But I personally don't think there's a right or wrong order to sealing. It just depends on personal preference, the oil you're using, and the porosity of your hair. If you're sealing with a heavier oil like castor oil, it may be better to seal with it after you apply your leave-in (because thicker oils sit on top of the strand to create a barrier to keep/lock moisture in). But for lighter oils like coconut or jojoba (that has the ability to partially absorb into your strands when applied...unlike the thicker oils) I think you have the flexibility of sealing before applying your leave-in. In the end, it all depends on what your hair likes :) So if your current order works for you - stick with it! :)

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    2. Yeah, I'm really still trying to figure it out, honestly. I know my hair low to normal porosity though. I'm wondering if I even need to seal all the time when there are so many oils in my leave-ins?

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    3. I definitely think that if you're adding oils to your leave-ins, you are technically sealing :) And you may also want to check the ingredients of your leave-in as well...there might be an oil somewhere in the formulation :)

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  4. I have a question about the shed hair. I am a 100% wash and go natural. my hair is very fine and thin and twists outs have ALWAYS been "scalpy" looking (like 4th grade). After 1 1/2yrs natural, I finally have a good system, but I was curious, how often do you wash and go(or detangle) and how much hair do you lose? I'm trying to figure out what is "normal." My curl pattern is only now reverting (after 5 years of flat ironing natural hair). But I still struggle with getting 2nd & 3rd day hair. I was having to wash everyday. Now i'm at a point when I can go 2 maybe 3 days, but I'm still worried about the handling. How often do you detangle and have the amount from the above video come out?

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    1. Hey Tigerlily2125! I redo my WNGs about every 3 - 4 days, although lately I have been stretching them out for up to a full week. Each time I redo the WNG, I finger detangle with conditioner in my hair like I do in the video. I shed about the amount I show in the video each time...so that's normal for me. I used to freak out at the amount of hair I shed (lol), but after doing my hair for a while I began to realize that was "normal" shedding for me. I also realized removing shed hair was absolutely necessary for me to prevent tangling and locking and to make room for new hairs :) It is said that we shed between 50-100 hairs every day on average. That's an average range though, so that means each person's "normal" shed hair amount may differ from the next. I would say monitor or snap pics of your own shedding over a period of time and series of WNGs to see if about the same amount of hair sheds at a time. Also, be sure it is mostly "shed" hairs and not "broken" hairs as there is a difference. I think I may need to write a blog post on this topic because my response is getting quite lengthy...lol. Anyway I hope this helps!

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  5. Found your Youtube channel on October 2 and today is the first I'm visiting your blog L-O-V-E. Very informative. Very nicely executed. I am now a follower. I too have naturally fine hair.
    Wondering if you have any suggestions for my dry, itchy scalp. No matter what I put on it or not its the same. I recently heard about Seborrheic dermatitis but haven't done my research yet. Any tips/suggestions?
    Again thanks for taking the time to share. -- Karen J from Canada

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    1. Greetings Karen! Thank you sooo much for checking out my channel and blog :) What have you tried so far for your itchy scalp? When I first started my transitioning journey I had a very dry and slightly itchy scalp, but after I started deep conditioning on a regular basis, I saw a reduction in scalp dryness over a period of time. You may also try adding these oils to your regimen if you haven't already: Jojoba, Vitamin E, Peppermint oil and rosemary oil - these are oils known to help with scalp issues, particularly itchyness. You can perhaps create an oil mix and use it to give your scalp regular massages when you pre-poo or deep condition. And you can also add them to your existing conditioners or products too. Another thing that improved the condition of my scalp was my use of mud and clay products to deep cleanse and condition. Two of my favorites include Rhassoul clay and bentonite clay. You can add the aforementioned oils to those clays too! I hope this helps! :)

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  6. Oh I love using virgin coconut oil for my hair. It serves as my daily conditioner and in fact, my skin moisturizer as well. Good thing my doctor recommended it to me and after seeing great results, I continuously use it.

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    1. Valerie, isn't coconut oil the best? I love it! I also use it as a face/skin moisturizer too and it is just wonderful. What I love most about it is that it moisturizes without being greasy at all. It's also awesome to cook with too!

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  7. UPDATE: I just wanted to tell you that ever since I DEVOURED your WnG videos, my hair has gotten AWESOME!!! I feel like I'm finally in a good place. I have introduced some of your regimen and techniques and my hair is FAB. I'm even shedding less hair b/c I've figure out a way to get through it without yanking my hair out. My life has gotten easier and I have more confidence in my hair. THank you SO much for the videos and information!

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  8. Hello... i`m brazilian natural and i discovered your YouTube channel and loving.... i`m learning a lot!

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  9. Hello,
    I'm actually new to everything as of my hair. I've been struggling trying to figure out what the best way is to start my hair growth journey and have been looking all over for help. Intially when I was younger I grew up using blue magic grease then my mom taught me after she learned that grease isn't good for the hair. I've always been told I have good texture hair and my hair was always long ( about 12/13 inches) until I started messing with it without all the knowledge needed. I had a texturizer for the first time when I was 18. And there was a time I put relaxer touch up in my hair instead of texturizer, not only that but every time I used texturizer I applied it to my whole head instead if just my roots of new growth. I've dyed it once in my life and it started thinning and I had to get it cut shoulder length. Since all that I have not used any texturizer, only flat irons and occasionally hot combs especially for my edges because I was obsessed with having it smooth and straight. I'm 23 now and for the past 2 years I have not used any texturizers or hot combs. I have been only washing and conditioning, air drying, then flat ironing and I have had two weaves installed for the first time since june 2011. My second weave I've had since june 2011 will be installed this month. ( December 2013) because I wanted a nice weave for the new year. i have been trying to be as natural as possible with leave out weaves as a protective style until I can figure out how to get my hair where I want it. My hair has been growing and has gotten thicker since my horror episode but it's still not as thick or as long as I want it. My hair growth goal is 16 inches at max and right now it's about 10/12 I believe. I don't know a lot about co-washing, and sealing. Generally I only washed, conditioned, applied leave in conditioner and left it alone while repeating every 2 weeks but I feel as if that's not making a big difference. I want to switch my products as well. Before I was using herbal essence hello hydration 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, applied leave in conditioner and greased my scalp and with growth stimulation oil then added some olive oil lotion to my hair. Honestly I had no idea what to do or where to begin. I'd like to switch to the L'oreal ever pure sulfate free line and see how that works and I need to invest in some jojoba oil and coconut and tea tree oil. I also have a very dry scalp which I'm not sure if it's dry scalp or dandruff ( I plan to go to a dermotalogist to check). Another problem I've been having is breakage and dryness…every time I comb my hair my sink will be covered in small hairs that broke off…every time I check to see if it's normal shedding or not by seeing if there's bulbs but it's just breakage. Usually I'll wash my hair, try to keep it moisturized with oil and my scalp will get dry within a week. I realize I messed up there because oiling your scalp only creates build up and dirt clogging the pores. I know this journey will come with a lot of trial and error and figuring out what's best for my hair personally. But my goal is to stop my 3 major problems - dry scalp, shedding/breaking off and slowness of hair growth and to maintain my hair growth goal of 16 inches before the end of 2014. I would like help and suggestions on how to do this, the best way how and how to co-wash, moisturize, lubricate and seal my hair since I am not sure how along with when to do so, how often and most importantly WHAT PRODUCTS? Any help is beneficial….I am determined to reach my goal. Thank you so much! If I could be emailed with steps, how to's and products that would be so great!!!!

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  10. Hello,

    Have you ever done a coconut oil leave in the night before, and then cowash it out?

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    1. I haven't …I need to buy coconut oil, when I do this will be the first time I've used it

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