Jenell’s CoWash Faves!

Since my new tapered natural hair cut my Loves really want to know what’s new in my regimen and what new products I’m using.  Being that I recently cut my hair I haven’t tried out too many new products or anything but I’ve been cowashing a lot!

Jenells CoWash FavesThese are my cowash faves in order from left to right. As I Am Coconut Cowash, SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser, TRESemme Naturals (nourishing moisture/ vibrantly smooth) Conditioner, and Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Strengthen & Grow Moisturizing Co-Wash.

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In the video below I go into detail about why I love these products for cowashes.


What are your cowash faves?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • janae dior

    I tried doing co-washing but for some reason I thought I was doing it wrong even after I read about it. But I think I’m going to start back doing it again ! Your posts are so helpful as always ♥

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      What were you doing that you thought was wrong? Just using the conditioner alone? LOL After using shampoo AND conditioner for years I totally understand how it can FEEL weird glopping creamy conditioner on your head!

      but your hair loves it!

      • janae dior

        LOL I thought it was weird at first . Also ! I have a question is Sulfate good or bad ? I know a lot of natural sista’s really like using sulfate-free shampoo but why ? What’s so great about it ?

        • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

          For our hair textures its best to use a sulfate free shampoo to prevent drying out your hair. The sulfates are a harsh detergent that strip the moisture from your hair and scalp.

        • queenbee9

          Sulfates can have their place in a natural as well as relaxed hair care regimen. Like most products it is important to know what they do so that you can know when and how to use them. Like many have said sulfates STRIP oils from your head.
          They contain chemicals called surficants which are similar to the stuff used to clean beaches during oil spills. Many do not know this but after the Exon Valdez oil spill, Dawn dish washing detergent was used to help clean the shores and animals on the beach–great for removing oil in feathers and fur and for scrubbing rocks!! That said, yeah sulfates are FIRE for some things so WHY would you EVER want to use them on your hair and scalp?
          Sulfates are attracted to oils, waxes and other sticky stuff. They are also the MAIN ingredients in many clarifying shampoos. If you use gels, waxes, heavy butters, silicones,, petroleum or any products with mineral oil, most sulfate free shampoos cannot remove all those sticky products. This is when you can use either a clarifier which is a heavy duty hair stripper OR you can use a sulfate shampoo which is MORE GENTLE than a clarifier and can get out most applications of sticky stuff unless there is a lot of product build up.
          By using a sulfate shampoo to remove product build up instead of a clarifier, there is less wear and tear on your scalp. According to the author of “The Science of Black hair care” sulfates can be used weekly provided they be preceded by proper preparation (do a prepoo with either conditioner or a hot oil treatment usually heavy on the coconut oil) and proper conditioning and moisturizing following the shampoo.
          In the end, sulfates DO have to be used if stylers such as butters and gels are used as leaving such products in your hair can lead to an unhealthy scalp and hair damage/loss so this is when sulfates make sense. I personally limit my sulfate shampoos to maybe 2X a year by not using gels and uber sticky butters and waxes. This allows me to continue gentler treatments on my head for the most part –but today I will be using a sulfate shampoo, because the year is ending and I have not used such a product since Jan of this year.
          I slept overnight with castor oil and vitamin E oil along with a conditioner and wheatgerm oil mix –THAT is a heavy duty conditioning pre poo, now I will use Avalon Affirm Shampoo followed by Tresemme Naturals co wash then use Oyins Honey Dew as my leave in–then back to my regular LOCO. This is not an every day thing as I said–but for my second time this year (and the fact I recently used some heavy butters on my hair) I am due for a thorough clarifier but do not want to totally strip my hair.
          Save the heavier clarifiers for when you know you have LOTS of product like when you wear sleek buns and PACK gel on your head.

  • Jazzy

    Hey I was wondering how do you know what conditioner works for you? I have a couple different ones and maybe I dont pay much attention but how can you tell which is best?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      Your hair will tell you. If your hair feels soft, supple and absolutely amazing when you touch it, then its good. If your hair feels hard or just bla, then try something else.

  • allison

    I love both the as I am and tresemme naturals

  • KState710

    I’m a cheap and have a ton of hair so VO5 is made for me. I love the VO5 Moisture Milk conditioner mixed with a tablespoon of coconut oil, but this past weekend I tried the VO5 Clarifying Conditioner Kiwi Lime Squeeze alone, and child please, I’m hooked! My hair is soft, shiny, super manageable, and smells fruitilicious. I will alternate between the two and because I co-wash twice a week it’s perfect for me.

  • Olive Holt

    I love the as I am coconut co wash

  • Teri

    I tried the Coconut cowash and I thought my hair would love it but my hair hated it. I’ll stick to my VO5 moisture milks which my hair loves

    • queenbee9

      I totally agree–my hair tried to act like it was straw during and after using the “as I am ” coconut cowash–I had 3 jars (they were on sale) and I gave all of them away except the one that was opened. I love the tresemme naturals it left my hair supple, shiny and silky. Tresemme’s naturals is my go to for a co wash. for cleansing–Qhemet cleansing tea.

  • Ladylanita

    As I Am cowash is a tricky product for me to use because it will dry your hair out if you leave it on the hair too long. They weren’t joking when they named it a conditioning “cleanser”. But it doesn’t effectively remove product build up. Literally within one month of first using this product on both me and my son, we had gray scalps and needed to clarify.
    Contrarily with VO5 Moisture Milks, because it is a conditioner, I can leave it on my hair as long as needed in the shower while it increases the hair’s moisture levels. Also the cheapy formula seems to be better at cleaning because it takes me a lot longer to get scalp build up.
    Now that I’ve experimented with a few co-washes I’ve figured out how frequently I need to shampoo. But if I need to build up my moisture levels, I reach for VO5. If my moisture levels are good and I have no scalp build up, then it’s okay for me to use As I Am. That leaves a very small window for As I Am to be incorporated in my regiment.

  • toya

    I Co washed my for the first time last week I did the bid chop in May so I’m still looking for the right products but I used the Eden ‘s coconut co wash and my hair was sift and silky I have 4 hair that’s dry all the time but this product worked wonders for me.

  • Keta

    My favorite cowash is As I am. I am new to the natural world. I began transitioning in November 2013. I did the big chop May 29 2014.

  • sadie

    I love love love pantene co-wash. I never co-washed before, but I tried this for the fist time & my hair was left silky s soft & barely no shedding.