My Philosophy on CoWashing
CoWashing is a great supplement to the shampooing routine, but it should not completely replace shampooing the hair. Products will not perform as designed if there is buildup blocking the product from coating or penetrating the hair shaft. Removing deposits on the hair with a mild detergent is vital to the hairs strength and health. CoWashing is an option that can give you a little extra time before you eventually have to remove the product buildup off of your hair. This pear juice CoWash recipe is gentle and effective at making the hair more pliable and can revive the hair quickly in situations where there is no time for a full wash routine. I found some great information about the amazing health benefits of pears (Stylecraze.com) in the highlighted link and my hair felt gently cleansed and infused with moisture. Even my highlights seemed brighter. Give it a try and I would love to hear the feedback on this recipe.
Day after CoWash sprayed with water and styling cream applied.
½ cup Chamomile Herb Mix (save the other ½ cup as reserve, see below for recipe)
½ cup fresh pear juice from 1-2 very ripe green Bartlett pears
1 teaspoon glycerin
1 ¾ tablespoons emulsifying wax
3 teaspoons coconut oil
Chamomile Tea Recipe
2 Tbsp. chamomile flowers
1 Cup Water
To Make: Use a ratio of 1 cup of water to 2 tbsp of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.
Pear Juice CoWash Recipe
Make chamomile tea in a separate pot. Use a juicer to extract the pear juice. When chamomile tea is cooled to warm, measure out ½ cup and add ½ cup pear juice and glycerin. Add guar gum slowly to the pear juice mix and stir (the mix should be relatively thick).
Heat coconut oil in the other pot in a small double boiler and add the cetyl alcohol and emulsifying wax. When the water in the bottom pot reaches the boiling point, the cetyl alcohol and the emulsifying wax will dissolve in the coconut oil, about 5 minutes.
Immediately combine the warm pear juice mix with the hot coconut oil (If you do it the other way around you will lose oil) in a heat-proof container (I used a thick glass Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup) and blend 2-3 mins. Allow the mix to cool 10 minutes. The mix should be the consistency of a very rich and thick CoWash. If the mix seems too thick, add some of the chamomile tea reserve to loosen it up. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature. Use immediately.
Rinse hair thoroughly of as much buildup as possible with warm water. Apply the conditioner evenly to cover all the hair and make sure to massage to the scalp. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under a very warm hooded dryer or dryer cap for at least ½ hour until hair is warm throughout. Remove plastic cap and immediately massage scalp and smooth hair for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse until water runs clear and hair and scalp are completely free of conditioner. Do not use as a leave-in.
The liquids in the recipe are at scalding temperatures. Natural Hair Mixology (Owner, Altaress C.) is not responsible for the assumption of risk in the execution of this recipe.
I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally