How to Never Shampoo Again (and Not Be a Greaseball)

Posted Thursday April 3, 2014 12:44 PM GMT

Are you ready to join the "no poo movement"? We are. No, it's probably not what you think. The name actually refers to the action of swapping your shampoo for cleansing conditioner. Yes — conditioner.

Why? While many women with thick or naturally curly strands have used this method for years as a means to avoid overly-drying out their mane, recently, the idea has caught the attention of women of every hair type, in an effort to nix harsh detergents and chemicals commonly found in traditional soaps.

Co-washing, as it's called, can be used as often as one likes — from all the time, to once a week, with the conditioner being used as the sole cleanser, or as an additive to a sulfate-free shampoo regimen. So, is the no-poo approach right for you? You might want to try.

Below, we've listed our favorite cleansing conditioners, each of which promise to purify, moisturize, and condition the hair all at once.

L'Oreal Paris EverCrème Conditioning Cleanser, $6: Looking for the most hydrating bang for your buck? It's here. This particular formula aims at repairing severely dry, damaged locks.

Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Cleansing Conditioner, $10: Another one of our go-to drugstore products, this ultra-nourishing option delivers smooth strands with vitamin E, keratin and olive oil components.

DevaCare No-Poo No Fade Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser, $19.95 For color-treated hair this is a must. Sans suds, silicone and parabens, you hair will look as healthy as it is.

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner, $18: Curly-coif ladies, rejoice! This gentle elixir is ideal for cleaning your waves without injecting the frizz factor.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, $32: It may have a higher price tag, but with the sticker comes reassurance. Wen was one of the first lines to bring the no-poo method to mainstream, and the proof is in the celebrity pudding. If you're willing to indulge, you won't be disappointed.


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