Co-washing targeted for your hair’s needs (and possibly the best dry shampoo ever)
Once upon a time, you could choose between traditional shampoo and a cleansing conditioner—period. (And in the early days, conditioning cleansers were generally too heavy most hair.) We all know that shampoo formulation options span the spectrum for color-treated, damaged, dry, fine and countless combinations of all of the above, yet cleansing conditioners haven’t really diversified all that much. But a brand called Unwash is changing that…
You won’t find a traditional shampoo in this innovative company’s line-up, but you will find options that adhere to their no-poo philosophy. The hero product is the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, which removes dirt and hydrates the hair like other co-wash products—but that’s just the beginning.
Designed to provide a deeper cleansing, the Anti-Residue Cleanse is still lather-less, yet its blend of coconut, babassu and moringa oleifera seed oil goes to work on product build-up (say, after four days of dry shampoo) without stripping the hair of its natural oils. But unlike the Bio-Cleansing Condition that takes the place of both shampoo and conditioner, the Anti-Residue Cleanse is meant to be followed with the Hydrating Masque. Packed with argan oil and hydrolyzed quinoa, it helps balance moisture levels while leaving strands soft, smooth and shiny. Best of all, this can be used as a regular conditioner no matter your cleansing method of choice, or as a deep-conditioning treatment if you leave it on for a while before rinsing.
Unwash also offers a Dry Cleanser that I am OBSESSED with. Currently holding the top spot in my rotation, it manages to absorb oil and refresh my hair without the powdery residue. Maybe it's the volcanic ash and plant extracts, but it’s that good—and 100% worth a try if you rely on dry shampoo between washes.
So even if you haven’t jumped on the cleansing-conditioner bandwagon yet, Unwash has options that can help you dip your toe in the water or jump in head-first.