20 Cleansing Conditioners Perfect for Co-Washing Your Hair

In an effort to embrace or capitalize on the co-washing trend, many hair care companies are now offering co-wash and cleansing conditioners.

Co-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method. It is a component of the “no poo movement,” which is the no shampoo method of caring for your hair. Many people have made the decision to swap traditional shampoos with harsh detergents for more gentle cleansers with little or no sulfate at all. Before you get started, I recommend you read this post: 5 Things You Should Know About Co-Washing.

These products can be used as an all-in-one product that cleans, hydrates, and conditions the hair in one step. They gently cleanse with no suds or sulfates, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis.

  • Round-Up of 20 Co-Wash and Cleansing Conditioners 1 of 21

    Co-wash and cleansing conditioners provide a gentle way to clean hair and scalps without stripping natural oils.

  • Wen Cucumber Aloe (Sephora, $32.00) 2 of 21

    Wen Cucumber Aloe is a moisturizing co-wash conditioner by Chaz Dean. 

  • DevaCare No Poo (DevaCurl, $18.95) 3 of 21

    Although DevaCare No Poo is not a co-wash or cleansing conditioner, it does function as one with its sudsy formula and lack of sulfates. It is a creamy cleanser. 

  • Nothing But Co-washing Conditioner (Nothing But Hair Care, $8.99) 4 of 21

    Nothing But Co-washing Conditioner is a cleansing conditioner that has "nothing but" the good ingredients that you want without the ones you don't, like sulfate, parabens, and silicones.

  • Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner (Carol’s Daughter, $18.00) 5 of 21

    Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner is a sulfate-free co-wash that gets your curls extra clean without frizz-causing suds, and it keeps them incredibly moisturized and detangled. 

  • Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner (Wal-Mart, $4.97) 6 of 21

    Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural recently launched their Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner to cater to the increasing demand of co-washing products. 

  • L’Oreal Paris EverCurl Cleansing Conditioner (Curlmart, $6.99) 7 of 21

    L'Oreal Paris EverCurl Cleansing Conditioner is formulated to preserve each curl's natural moisture, while low-lathering crème cleanses and helps reduce friction to keep curls smooth, soft, and manageable.

  • Wen Sweet Almond Mint (Sephora, $32.00) 8 of 21

    Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner will pamper and invigorate your stressed-out tresses, leaving them soft and manageable. 

  • As I Am Cleansing Pudding (Curlmart, $10.50) 9 of 21

    As I Am Cleansing Pudding contains a special blend of saw palmetto, phytosterols, and other natural hair products to help eliminate build-up from the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. It was also voted 2012 Best of the Best for

  • Mizani Co-Wash Conditioning Cream (Curlmart, $12.50) 10 of 21

    Mizani Co-Wash Conditioning Cream is a one stop shop — cleansing, detangling, and moisturizing in one.

  • Ouidad Curl Co-wash (Ouidad, $30.00) 11 of 21

    Ouidad Curl Co-wash combines black cumin seed oil and Jamaican black oil to deeply condition strands with nourishing vitamins and minerals, taming and smoothing hair and reducing frizz.

  • Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing CoWash (Sally’s Beauty Supply Store, $7.99) 12 of 21

    Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing CoWash is also a fairly new product to the market. It combines two of my favorite ingredients: coconut and shea butter. 

  • Sheamoisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser (Target, $11.99) 13 of 21
    SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Co-Wash-Conditioning-Cleanser

    Sheamoisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser is one of the few "conditioning cleansers" with actual cleansing ingredients that I have reviewed. See the full review here.  

  • As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner (Sally’s Beauty Supply Store, $7.99) 14 of 21
    As I Am Coconut CoWash

    As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner is a great conditioner. I didn't find it to be very cleansing though. It left my hair limp and scalp itchy. It works best as a follow-up to my sulfate-free shampoo as a rinse out conditioner. 


  • Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner (Sephora, $32.00) 15 of 21

    Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner is a five-in-one conditioning cleanser designed to improve hair health, reduce frizz, and retain color. 

  • L`Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner (Curlmart, $6.99) 16 of 21

    L`Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner is an innovative, gentle way to cleanse and condition in one simple step. 

  • Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Cream (Curlmart, $12.00) 17 of 21

    Darcy's Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Cream is a super concentrated cream that is great for moisturizing, softening, conditioning, and gently cleansing curls without stripping hair.

  • Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair (Sally’s Beauty Supply Store, $12.49) 18 of 21

    Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair is a salon quality sulfate-free product that leaves hair cleansed, conditioned and in optimum shape. 

  • Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (Curlmart, $19.00) 19 of 21

    Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner is a creamy cleansing conditioner. It offers a gentle, yet efficient, option for cleaning your hair and scalp while providing lightweight conditioning. 

  • Curly Q’s Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream (Curlmart, $12.00) 20 of 21

    Curly Q's Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream is infused with carrot seed oil, horse chestnut, sage leaf, and Arnica montana flower extract. This exceptionally formulated cleanser will cleanse, hydrate, and condition hair all in one step!

  • Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream (Curlmart, $16.95) 21 of 21
    Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

    A gentle alternative to shampoo. Use Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream to wash your hair gently without leaving it stripped and straw-like.

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