Should you be ditching your shampoo?

Wednesday, 5 August 2015


By now you would have heard the term “co-washing,” or perhaps you heard about the “no poo movement,” but how much do you know about this new trend in hair care?

In the past we saw a massive influx of styling products, and women layered different products onto their hair, but in recent years, there’s been a shift towards taking the “natural” route. All over the world women are starting to ditch the styling agents, but what does this mean for shampoo? The idea is that when you use less products on your hair, there’s no need for a harsh shampoo to cleanse or to remove product build-up.

What happens when you wash your hair too often? Over-washing has reportedly been the cause of a flaky and dry scalp, breakage, dullness, colour fading and excess oil production. With this being the problem, there was a need for a new way of cleansing the hair, without damaging it in the process. Enter “co-washing.”

Co-washing (short for “conditioner washing”) is when you wash your hair with a cleansing conditioner rather than a traditional shampoo. It is a much gentler way of cleansing the hair, and simultaneously moisturises, balances oily hair and leaves it more manageable. Because these cleansing conditioners are also free from sulphates, parabens and other nasties, it doesn’t strip the hair of its colour, nor any of its nutrients.

Will it work for me? If you’re looking for a product that isn’t harsh on your hair, then yes. And if you have curly or coarse hair that’s often dry or dehydrated, this will be a God-send. If you have any scalp conditions or struggle with dermatitis, chat to your dermatologist or trichologist first.

In theory, you could just use your regular conditioner to wash your hair, however, if you want to reap the full benefits you should be using a product specifically formulated for co-washing.

We’re loving the new Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner that’s finally landed on our shores. It gently removes dirt and build-up while locking in moisture and protecting your hair colour. It’s safe for all hair types and is especially good for colour-treated hair. It’s available at selected salons for R585. The brand also has an Anti Residue Rinse (R525) and Hydrating Masque (R545) to complement your hair care routine.

What do you think about this movement; would you try co-washing?

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Eriné Röttcher

    I don’t use any products on my hair (except for the occasional hair spray once every blue moon) could using too harsh shampoo be the cause of my split ends? My hair looks shiny and healthy but on closer inspection I have bad split ends.

    3 years ago •

  1. ayeshaB

    my scalp turns oily very quickly, so i wash my hair almost everyday. is co – washing just the hair at the bottom (ponytail) or do u wash the scalp as well?

    4 years ago •


    I usually wash my hair about twice a week. I can’t wash it too much, or else it dries out, and too little washing leaves my roots oily. I am keen to try Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner.

    4 years ago •

  1. Linda Nel

    My hair always looks so dull, even shortly after having it coloured. It just never seems to have a nice shine to it, and I thought colouring it would help to give it a nice shine. I also try not to use too much conditioner as I thought that was making it dull.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Not sure how convinced I am because my hair is healthy and shiny already. I’d rather wait until the likes of Kerastase start bringing out something like this and then I might consider using it because I’m already using Kerastase at the moment with fantastic results.

    4 years ago •

  1. hogarth

    it sounds amazing especially useful as i go on hiking trails and washing hair not always possible-could you tell me who stocks it in cape town southern suburbs please?

    4 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Hogarth
      You will find dry shampoo at most Clicks stores.

      4 years ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Will it stop my hair from falling out – please advise – I am taking Biotin capsules but so far no results

    4 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Tanya
      This product isn’t intended to stop or prevent hair loss, but it is definitely less harsh on the hair than a regular shampoo, which helps prevent breakage and damage.

      4 years ago •

  1. Marnel Van Zyl

    With oily roots and dry tips I’m a bit skeptic on this product.

    4 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    Would love to try this, I wash my hair everyday since I suffer with oily hair in which I can’t stand.

    4 years ago •

  1. Samantha Williams

    I need this, need to give it a try it looks promising. i’ve been looking and using everything to make my hair stronger but nothing helped thus far.

    4 years ago •

  1. alecia

    Am sceptical and would love to put it to its test. I am not convinced that co-washing would help thoroughly cleanse my scalp.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I would like to be brave enough to try this! Sounds interesting

    4 years ago •

  1. Rashmee Bagirathi

    I certainly would try this product.unfortunately i am obsessed with having clean hair and guilty of overwashing

    4 years ago •

  1. Ragmah

    This product will be great because it cuts washing hair time in half, especially if you have long hair.

    4 years ago •

  1. Safiya Rawat

    I tried co-washing for about a year, it didn’t work so well with my hair. Now I shampoo only once or twice a week and co-wash the rest of the days.

    4 years ago •

  1. Juwayra Januarie

    I have stopped shampooing my hair for over 2 years now. When I need to get rid of build-up, I use bicarbonate of soda mixed with water. This works wonders.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I agree with co washing. Our Shampoo’s of today are too harsh on our hair therefore we need a change.

    4 years ago •

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