Are All Shampoos Made Equal? The differences between a cowash, moisture shampoo, and clarifying shampoo

Are All Shampoos Made Equal? The differences between a cowash, moisture shampoo, and clarifying shampoo

Navigating the hair care aisle can be overwhelming with so many options available, so how do you know which shampoo is right for you? From co-washes to moisture shampoos to clarifying shampoos, understanding the differences is important for maintaining healthy, shiny hair.


What is a Cowash?

Cowash stands for "conditioner wash" or "conditioning wash." It's a product designed to cleanse your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Unlike traditional shampoos, cowashes are free from sulfates and detergents, making them gentler on your scalp.

Benefits of Cowashing

  • Moisture Retention ⎯ Cowashes help retain the natural oils in your hair, keeping it hydrated.
  • Gentle Cleansing ⎯ Made without harsh chemicals, cowashes are less likely to cause irritation or dryness.
  • Enhanced Curl Definition ⎯ If you have curly hair, cowashing can help maintain curl pattern and reduce frizz.


Lavender Aloe CoWash has a lighter consistency, good if you have finer hair

Coconut Shea CoWash has a creamier consistency, good if you have thicker hair



What is a Moisture Shampoo?

Moisture shampoos contain moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, and essential oils that hydrate dry, brittle hair. Moisture shampoos are versatile and can be used by anyone, regardless of hair type, but they are especially beneficial for those with dry or damaged hair. Using a moisture shampoo regularly can help restore your hair's natural gloss.

Benefits of Moisture Shampoo

  • Hydration⎯Infuses your hair with much-needed moisture.
  • Shiny & Manageable⎯Leaves your hair feeling soft, looking shiny, and easy to detangle.
  • Hair Damage Repair⎯Helps repair damage caused by heat styling, coloring, and other environmental factors.

Moisture Shampoo:

Coconut Shea Moisture Shampoo, great for your regular wash days.

What is a Clarifying Shampoo?

Clarifying shampoos are designed to give your hair a deep clean and contain stronger cleansing agents that remove buildup from styling products, hard water, and pollutants. By removing buildup, they help keep your scalp clean and free from irritation which can lead to healthier hair growth and reduced dandruff.

Benefits of Clarifying Shampoo

  • Deep Cleansing ⎯ Removes buildup and residues.
  • Volume⎯ Can help restore volume and elasticity to weighed-down hair.
  • Scalp Health⎯ Removes excess oil and debris from your scalp.

Clarifying Shampoo:

Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo, using one to twice a month to thoroughly cleanse.

Knowing the differences between cowash, moisture shampoo, and clarifying shampoo can help you understand what your hair care routine should be. The most important thing is to listen to your hair and give it what it needs so you can have the best results possible. Give your hair the summer look that will turn heads!

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