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Have you heard of The Condition-Wash-Condition Method?

Technique Tuesday…


We’ve all heard of cowashing by now and there is a real division of Naturals that believe in it or don’t even bother with it.  No real fight or anything…just a division.  You’ve got the ones who do it pretty often (like me) or once a week or whenever they wash their hair.  You’ve got the ones that have replaced shampoo with it (like me…again) or in-between washes and THEN you’ve got the ones who rarely do it or never do.  Anyway you slice it it’s been pretty much discussed and discussed and DISCUSSED TO DEATH!

Well, I’m ready to discuss it again or at least a variation of it as I was unfamilar with this process and wanted to share.  (I found this on

Wet your hair thoroughly. This will help absorb the moisture and nutrients of the conditioner.

Apply conditioner all over. Remember to avoid your scalp unless it’s dry.

Work shampoo through the entire scalp. In the condition-wash-condition method, the conditioner should still remain on the rest of the hair.

Rinse out both the conditioner and shampoo at the same time, riding them completely from your hair.

Condition your hair once again, this time working from root to tip. You can use the same conditioner you used previously or use another conditioner of your choice.

Rinse again while taking care not to scrub or strain the hair.*

So, what do you think?  Will you try it?  Me?  Naw, I’m off shampoo and JUST cowash to cleanse my hair as mentioned in my post, (Trying the Curly Girl Method).  I cannot say enough times how grateful my hair is for dropping it off my wash routine.  This method kind of reminds me of the pre-wash oil treatment that I have used in the past but both techniques, Pre-wash oil and this one, seem to be doing the same thing…combating the bad effects of shampooing.  

Shampoos can strip the hair of it’s natural oils and for me it would leave my tresses in a tangled mess.  I can see the benefits of this technique if you feel you MUST use shampoo and suffer tangles or dryness so if you try it please let me know what you thought.  

Always keeping you in the know Naturals,

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  1. March 19, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Worth a try!

    Interesting post

  2. March 20, 2013 / 12:29 am

    Hey Sabrina. I have never heard of this method. It seems a bit like doing a pre-poo with conditioner and then jumping in the shower. Just not hours later. I'm going to try it to see what I think. I don't use sulfate shampoo though. Shea Moisture is my shampoo of choice when I do use shampoo.

    Have you used any of Shea Moisture's shampoos? Their products suds up with beet juice. No sulfates. The moisture retention one is the BEST and I feel like it's great for really getting the scalp clean. The probably I have with the curly girl method is it reminds me of putting lotion on the skin without using soap LOL. At some point, your skin has to be washed and so does the scalp. Conditioner just never really gets my scalp clean enough.

    anyway, let me quit here before I write a book lol

    • March 20, 2013 / 3:50 am

      Thanks for sharing. I don't use shampoo but I love the AS I AM Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner which is a creamy, gently no-suds moisturizing conditioner that has been wonderful for me. Massaging the scalp with the finger tips is key and I've been cleansing my hair with only this since January with no complaints.

      I guess only you and me are the one who haven't heard about this because so many others have claimed to have tried it but I feel they are getting this technique confused with other methods.

  3. March 20, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    I always love to try new things. I just co-washed yesterday so I will try this next time.
    Thanks for posting!

    • March 20, 2013 / 1:23 pm

      No problem. I know there seems to be so much info out about Natural hair but many (like yourself) appreciate knowing what's new or available and it makes posts like this worthwhile. Take what you need and leave the rest. Thanks for commenting.

  4. March 24, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    I've done something similar … I hate the way shampoo makes my hair feel so I'll mix it with conditioner then condition again (or I'll use conditioner then add a little shampoo on top of the conditioner then rinse together then condition again) … it varies but either way I still have to deal with the annoying effects of the shampoo on my hair :-

    • March 24, 2013 / 8:42 pm

      I understand your plight. I was always fighting the effects of shampoo and felt I had no choice but since the beginning of the year I've stopped using it and just cowash with a cleansing conditioner (AS I AM Coconut Cleansing Conditioner). I've been happy ever since.

  5. March 30, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    I think I want to try this… thanks for sharing!!

    • April 3, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      No problem. We all have different likes and hair so we need as many techniques as possible to make everyone happy.

  6. October 1, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Interesting post! Will definitely try this one. Thanks for posting this. Enjoy your day! 🙂