By Grace Gavilanes
Feb 11, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

Below is an excerpt from "Why You Need to Try Co-Washes" which originally appeared on StyleBistro. Read the full story at

The process of washing hair hasn't really changed too much. Lather, rinse, repeat. Condition, rinse. Dry. But what if someone told you to skip the first step? That's exactly what a new hair trend would have you do.

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Co-washes are used instead of shampoo to cleanse hair. Because they're much gentler than shampoo, the conditioners are easier on color-treated hair, as well as coarse or frizzy manes. And yes, they still clean hair. Co-washes are specifically designed to still cleanse hair of oil, dirt, and build-up, but they do so without stripping hair of the natural "good" oils, which are necessary to keep frizzy, dry hair nourished. For those with curls or waves, a co-wash might just be what the stylist ordered.

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Although skipping washes or using conditioners to cleanse hair has been a secret of curly-haired ladies for a while, the trend is finally going mainstream. See three of the newest products to hit shelves.

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