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Since I've long had a challenging relationship with curly, processed hair that's prone to breakage and dryness, I'm always on the lookout for things to help it stay healthy and hydrated. Over the years, that's led me to mostly co-washing to keep moisture locked in . . . but nothing makes my hair feel as clean as shampoo does, so I've never totally eliminated that either.
Ever since a friend mentioned Hairstory's New Wash — which she dubbed "the anti-shampoo" — I was excited to try its naturally derived cleansers that I hoped would make my hair feel fresher than just using conditioner. Now, I can't say it was just this product that pleased me, because the cleansing/conditioning combo also comes with a nubby brush to really scrub a scalp. Facts, I'm never washing my hair without this again, as it felt at least 10 times better than just my fingers.
Facts, I'm never washing my hair without this again, as it felt at least 10 times better than just my fingers.
I tried the Rich version meant for dry hair, but all three formulas are free of sulfates, detergents, and parabens. It's important to know there will be no lather present for any of them. I was used to that feeling from other products I've used in the past. You don't get that same slippery, almost-coated feeling that can be another result of co-washing, but if you know to expect that, it's OK. Best yet, my scalp wasn't left stripped (which has happened with some sulfate-free picks) and didn't feel like styling products were still stuck there either.
Of course, just one product makes my wash day easier than ever, so I'm sold — and to be honest, sometimes I just use the scalp brush on my dry hair for a mini massage while sitting on the couch. Check out the three cleanser and conditioner combos, and a few other Hairstory products, ahead.