Co-washing has received more publicity in recent years as natural hair has continued to trend. Co-washing in essence is a cream conditioning cleanser, which is what differentiates it from shampoo. Co-wash products are free of harsh chemicals that are typically found in shampoos that can cause dry-dehydrated hair. Women who have naturally curly/kinky/wavy hair types, and wear their hair in a wet-and-go for weeks at a time, should use co-wash throughout the week instead of shampooing their hair. The co-wash will cleanse any oil and product build up as well as moisturize the hair. Those who do not wear wash and go styles on a regular basis can still use a co-wash when they do not have a lot of build up
Co-washing is also a good method of cleaning extensions and wigs on a regular basis.