tiff how to cowash

The time has come to clean these natty dreads!!! My head is actually holding up pretty well. Let’s see, I’ve had these locs in …for probably about, almost 4 weeks now. Actually, the reason I am co-washing them this time instead of just shampooing them as usual, is because I want to do a moisturizing treatment on my real hair -at the roots and underneath the synthetic hair. Maintaining my natural hair is very important to me, as this is just a protective hairstyle I am wearing while I grow out and nurse my hair back to health, after all that harsh coloring from last year’s fun times. Hahaha


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hair products for cowash


Coconut Oil
Apricot Oil
Suave Naturals sun-ripened strawberry Conditioner
JoJoba Oil

I would normally use unrefined cold pressed coconut oil for this but I had to take it to the kitchen for this time…seeing that I was out of my usual beloved unrefined coconut oil. Hey -what ever works, huh? 🙁 …lol


coconut oil

I coat my roots with coconut oil. Making sure to saturate it nicely. I also add a little of the apricot oil for added moisture. Then follow it with a much needed scalp massage…probably like 15 – 20 minutes, perfect!

I let it soak in overnight. If you are short on time -1 to 3 hours is a good amount of time to get a good soaking 😉

I am using apricot oil this time, but I love to use the avocado oil matched with the coconut oil for added moisture. I couldn’t find my avocado oil.

FYI- I will be installing a lock on my bathroom cabinets. :-/

Again, I’m focusing on my roots and the strands closest to my scalp. I don’t worry about the down the shaft of the faux locs because its synthetic hair.

During the rinsing process, I continue to focus on my scalp area. Making sure to thoroughly rinse the majority of conditioner from it. I use the word “majority,” because my aim is just to remove the excess conditioner.


sauve sun-ripened strawberry conditioner

In the morning (or for you it may be a couple of hours later), I saturate generously my roots of hair with the sun-ripened strawberry conditioner from Suave. Followed by another 5 min massage.. it just feels so good- but I don’t have time for all that this morning! haha

I let it soak for a few hours as I go about my day- getting some things done… 1-3 hours.

Once my scalp is clean to my liking, I will run a rinse on the longer hair strands.(OVER THE SINK METHOD)

If in the shower, the conditioner will rinse down the hair shaft of the dreads. So that’s why I don’t worry about it during this process.

Also, by my locs being so long, it can get weighed down and become very heavy. That’s why I am modifying the process and washing them over the sink.

Jojoba oil is a nice sealant oil. Sealing in all the moisture and adding extra protection for my natural hair. I love how soft and shiny it makes it as well.


jojoba oil-apricot oil

After I towel dry my hair, I will follow up by lightly applying a little jojoba oil on my roots… and of course I give a little massage as well.

Style my faux locs -most likely in an up-do of some sort. Then I’m off to complete my day!! 🙂

It’s optional to add a little more of the apricot oil for moisture before you seal it with the jojoba oil. Also, if your synthetic hair feels a tad bit rough, you can run the excess oil on your hands down the full strands of locs.

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