Washing your beard not only cleans it up, but helps reduce beard dandruff and makes it soft. But what do you do in between each beard wash? You co-wash your beard!!
Now one might ask, what’s the difference between a regular beard wash and a co-wash.
Simple, it depends on when you take care of and clean up your beard. When you are in the shower and you use soap or shampoo to wash off your beard, that’s a regular beard wash. When you use a conditioner to cleanup your beard in between showers that’s co-washing (get it co from conditioner).
So, even if you are showering everyday, it’s still important to apply conditioner to your beard, aka co-wash it.
It might seem like a hassle and unnecessary extra time added to your shower routine, but co-washing can benefit your beard greatly.
If you have a long beard (even a kinda long one), it’s inevitable that you get the famous knots and tangles in it. However, when you condition your beard every day (even if you shower daily) the knots and tangles are going to be removed from your beard.
Moisture retention is another issue your beard will suffer from (especially in the winter months). Even if you use beard oil, you will notice that your beard will become dry as the day progresses. Co-washing your beard will ensure that it would stay moisturized and hydrated for a lot longer than if you would have only used beard oil.
As the beard hair gets longer, it get’s weaker and will break off much easier. This is especially true for curly hair typed beards. The longer your beard hair is the more breakage you will experience. Similar to using hair conditioners, co-washing your beard will reduce hair breakage, especially if you do it on a daily basis.
For those with active beards, going to the gym and working out means that your beard will be full of sweat and salt. If that’s your case you will definitely need something that will clean your beard thoroughly and help retain all the natural oils in it. Co-washing will not only remove the sweat and salts, but will also remove any toxic material that might be lurking around in your beard (construction work, paint, etc.)
Now, the recommended co-wash frequency is no less than three days a week. Of course, you can co-wash your beard on a daily basis if you would like, but no less than three times a week.
Keep your beard conditioned and keep it healthy.
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