Washing Hair With The Condition-Shampoo-Condition (CSC / CWC) Method -- An Alternative To Co-Washing

The perfect washing method for owners of oily scalps and dry lengths.

   I don't conditioner only wash my hair anymore. In the beginning it worked really well, and helped to revive my dry hair. However once my hair became more moisturised, co-washing started weighting my hair down. I think there are two reasons for this: one, I don't have a lot of access to light-weight conditioners (mostly because I only buy low-price organic stuff). Another, the co-washing method works best for curly hair (which is naturally dry) and my hair is not curly. I am a true wavie, and most owners of wavy hair have to modify co-washing to suit their much less dry hair.

    Enter the CSC method: condition, shampoo, condition. In this method, you cover the ends of the hair with conditioner before applying shampoo, to protect them from the drying effects of the shampoo. Hair ends are usually much drier than the roots and scalp. The CSC method will moisturise your hair much more than regular shampooing, but not as much as co-washing. Other effects include the hair being easier to detangle and the scalp being less greasy.

How to wash your hair with the conditioner-shampoo-conditioner method

1. Apply conditioner from ears down on wet hair. For this step you can use less-than-perfect conditioners that you want to get rid off. You can also use a masque (also a home-made one) or oil. Don't rinse off.
2. Apply a small amount of shampoo only on the scalp. The shampoo should be SLS free, and preferably pre-lathered. Massage the scalp with your fingertips.
Rinse off the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo will flow down the lengths of your hair, and  wash it very gently. However if your hair is really dry, try to avoid the shampoo on your hair length -- rinse with your head hanging down, and hold back your hair length, then gently rinse off the conditioner off the lengths.
4. Apply conditioner from the ears down, keep on for 5-30 minutes and rinse off. For this step use your favourite conditioner that agrees with your hair.

   All of this is actually pretty easy and quick (obviously apart from the time that the second conditioner stays on your hair, but you can use that time for internet / other bathroom stuff). Obviously the choice of conditioner can make or break this method, so experiment with a couple of different products if this method doesn't work for your hair at first.

   Do you CSC-wash your hair? What effects do you see? Also, which products do you use?

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