By now, you know that shampooing and conditioning daily can run the risk of damaging your hair, stripping it of its natural oils and leaving buildup behind. And really, that too-clean feeling is kind of the worst when you want to get your hair into a braid, right? If you’re ready to say goodbye to your traditional bottle of shampoo, consider the new haircare movement with the first professional co-washing system: Unwash. The one-step cleansing system is becoming a favorite because of its cationic cleansers, which act like magnets to remove unwanted dirt and oil without disrupting the hair cuticle. One major fan is blogger Nichole Ciotti of Vanilla Extract, who decided to take the plunge and ditch her regular routine for the co-washing system and can now go three days without washing her hair—sans any signs of oil or buildup.
To see why Ciotti fell in love with the system and how the products can change your hair, keep reading.
“I was instantly hooked at the idea of using one product to get my hair clean instead of two, as I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my beauty routine.” — Nichole Ciotti
Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner 300ml/10.1 oz. ($29)
“The Bio-Cleansing Conditioner is my holy grail product. It gently removes dirt and grime while moisturizing at the same time. This lightweight consistency is a dream to use, as it doesn’t strip my hair like most shampoos. It gets out the massive amount of texture spray I use and leaves me with sexy second-day hair every single time.” — Nichole Ciotti
“For my days off, I prep my hair by spraying Unwash Dry Cleanser into my roots to absorb any excess oil. This is one product I cannot live without.” — Nichole Ciotti
“While my Bio-Cleansing Conditioner gets the most love, I do pencil in a deep clean every Sunday. This is when I switch out the conditioner for the Anti-Residue Cleanse and Hydrating Masque. It’s the perfect reset!” — Nichole Ciotti
“I finish off my routine with the Hydrating Masque. The formula restores natural oils, making my hair feel softer, smoother, and healthier.” — Nichole Ciotti
“A braid is one of my favorite go-to hairstyles for second- or third-day hair. This messy braided half-back style is perfect for school, work, or happy hour! Keep it clean or make it messy—there’s no going wrong with this look.” — Nichole Ciotti
Will you ditch your traditional routine for the co-washing method? Tell us in the comments below!