8 Co-Washes For Natural Hair At Every Price Point

Go into the product stash off any woman with natural hair, and you're likely to find a co-wash (short for conditioner wash). While many women with curls and coils can't live without the mid-week cleansing savior, there are lots of others that still shy away from using them, mainly because there is still a lot of confusion surrounding co-washes and cleansing conditioners. The primary question: Will it really clean my hair?

To set the record straight, co-wash should not and will not replace your regular shampoo. Yes, you still have to routinely wash your hair folks. A co-wash is simply a moisturizing cleanser that you can use in between clarifying shampoos to give your hair relief from built-up residue without completely stripping it with the harsh detergents that are usually found in heavy-duty shampoos.


Hairstylist Michael Dueñas previously explained to Refinery29, “People with coarse, curly hair should co-wash because it's important to leave as much moisture in your hair as possible in order to have perfect, frizz-free curls.” He continued, "Coarse hair tends to be on the drier side, and co-washing is a simple solution."

Just in case you aren’t sure where to start with selecting the best co-washes, we've pulled together a few picks to look for on your next beauty supply shopping run.

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Cantu Natural Complete Conditioning Co-Wash

The same great energy that this bright orange packaging is giving is the same vibrant spark your curls will get from this cleansing conditioner that’s infused with natural butters and oils to cleanse and moisturize coarse curly hair types.
Cantu Natural Complete Conditioning Co-Wash$4.99 Buy

Oyin Handmade Ginger Mint Co-Wash

If you really want to experience the feeling of clean, tangle-free hair in between washes without using sulfates, this co-wash will get the job done like a boss. Ginger and peppermint extracts give your scalp that tingling feel, and green tea works overtime as an astringent.
Oyin Handmade Ginger Mint Co-Wash$11.99 Buy

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co–Wash

Whether your hair is wavy or tightly curled, this creamy conditioning cleanser helps to hydrate and detangle hair between clarifying shampoos. It’s also a great option for those with color-treated natural hair.
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Avocado + Quinoa Co–Wash$32.00 Buy

SheaMoisture SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash

SheaMoisture hasn’t become one of the most popular hair brands among women with natural hair for no reason. Popular products like this co-wash include naturally derived ingredients such as neem oil and certified organic shea butter that'll moisturize a week old wash-and-go or twist out.
SheaMoisture SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash$11.99 Buy

Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Cowash

Pure aloe leaf juice, organic coconut oil, and safflower seed oil sound like the perfect concoction for hydrated lush curls. Plus, rosemary and witch hazel help to remove grime off the scalp. It's the exact balance your hair needs to combat breakage and optimize growth.
Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Cowash$14.00 Buy

Pantene Pantene Gold Series Deep Hydrating Co-Wash

This sulfate-free pick gives super dehydrated hair the rush of moisture it’s craving. Argan oil is at the heart of this co-wash, and when you are done using it, you will be delighted to notice how amazing your hair smells.
Pantene Pantene Gold Series Deep Hydrating Co-Wash - 15.2 fl oz$10.99 Buy

As I Am Coconut CoWash

This is one of the OG’s of co-washes. It became popular amongst vloggers with natural hair a few years ago, and it’s still getting rave reviews. This lightly textured cream helps lift product buildup out of your hair while retaining moisture with coconut and castor oils.
As I Am Coconut CoWash$8.99 Buy

Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash

By day four of a week-old wash-and-go, your hair might look (and feel) a little thirsty. You can revive your style without shampoo by using this formula from Mielle Organics. It has coconut oil, argan oil, and silk protein to soften, detangle, and add shine to your curls.
Mielle Detangling Cowash$11.99 Buy
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