It should be no surprise that I am a BIG Noughty fan.
I really love this brand because it works for me, my hair and my children’s hair. Seriously guys. I’ve been using Noughty on and off for a few years now but always find myself returning back for more because they are that good. If you haven’t read my post or seen my Noughty video on the Wave Hello range, you can read it here.
Noughty’s 1 Hit Wonder cleansing conditioner and co-wash is a gentle non-lathering cleanser. In curl-talk terms, it’s called a ‘co-wash’ or a ‘no-poo’ as it doesn’t foam or lather, some people might technically say it’s not even a shampoo and they’re not entirely wrong. After trying out the whole Wave Hello range and a few of the To The Rescue range, I really wanted this co-wash originally for my kids because I thought it would feel too heavy on my hair but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it even worked on my hair. The light coconut-y scent smells really nice but to be honest, I like the smells of all their products especially the To The Rescue intensive hair mask – OMG! That one smells good enough to eat and is 100% CG approved too.
Noughty Haircare is also reasonably priced (around £6.99) so you won’t break the bank giving them a try. There are a few products available in travel sizes but I don’t think the co-wash is, which is a shame. I just found out that they’re also available on Amazon – free delivery with PRIME! On the Noughty website you’ll have to order over £10 to get free delivery but that’s easily done.
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Is Noughty’s 1 Hit Wonder co-wash right for my hair?
Unless you are following the Curly Girl Method super strict, then yes! This product is not listed as CG approved because it contains isopropyl alcohol which is known to be a drying alcohol. However, as it’s almost at the end of the ingredients list, I am able to overlook this and to be honest.. the cream is rich enough that I haven’t noticed the drying effect from using it on my hair. Other curly girls might disagree.
Whether you have straight-wavy hair like me (type 2A) or have dense coily hair like (type 4C) your hair will thank you for it. However I do think wavies are better off using occasionally rather than frequently. If you have looser curls, wavy hair or very fine hair try alternating co-washes with a low-poo cleanses because using creamy cleansers too often can leave your hair looking/feeling limp (because you’re giving it too much moisture). What you’ll then experience is product build-up which is totally normal, especially for wavy girls. For denser curly and coily hair, it is recommended that you use a co-wash as your main choice of cleanser but you can occasionally swap to a low-poo if you’re missing that lather.
If you get product or oil build-up, simply cut down or cut out the co-washing for a few weeks. If there’s still no improvement, you then have two options:
Option 1 – do Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Water rinse at your next wash to cleanse away any build-up. If you have coloured hair, go for the Rice Water rinse because it’s more gentle on the hair than ACV. I haven’t personally tried the rinses but have heard so many good things about them. This is the CG-friendly option.
Option 2 – wash your hair with a sulfate-based shampoo (yes, sulfates. Not CG friendly!) as this will strip away any build-up and follow with a deep conditioning mask for at least 20mins. This is because nothing clears build-up as good as sulfates-based shampoos but do your research before trying it out to figure out your hair will respond. As I dye my hair and I follow a modified CGM approach, I do use this option and find that it works for me.
Using Noughty’s co-wash on wavy hair
In the first row of photos I had just recently coloured my hair with a semi-permanent colour so the hair was already a little drier. I should’ve chosen to use the co-wash then but as I hadn’t washed my hair for a week and a half, I wanted to use a lathering cleanser so opted for a low-poo and deep conditioning mask. I diffused my hair to dry. Two weeks later, my colour had already faded and I only washed my hair once between these two weeks which is not shown.
In the second row of photos, I cleansed my hair with Noughty’s co-wash/conditioning cleanser and used their Colour Bomb conditioner (lightweight conditioner) instead of a deep conditioning hair mask. I also diffused to dry on that occasion. You can see that there is a little more clumping going on when I used the co-wash (my hair normally doesn’t clump well or at all), waves look a little more defined and less stringy. It gave my hair a little bit of what it needed – moisture.
Using Noughty’s co-wash on curly hair
My Little Miss has mixed hair and her curly combinations range from type 2C all the way up to type 3C depending on where you look on her head or how well I’ve looked after her hair post-wash day. Most of the time, it’s around type 3A/3B. Her curls responded wonderfully to Noughty’s cleansing conditioner (thanks to the castor oil and shea butter). Little Miss’ hair density is more on the fine side and tends to dry out, feel brittle and knot very easily so her wash day consists of a co-wash followed by a deep-conditioning hair mask (so I can detangle her knots easier), then applying a leave-in conditioner or curl cream. I also like adding a bit of melted pure unrefined shea butter into her ends and mid-lengths whilst her hair is damp to lock in all that added moisture.
What’s the difference between a co-wash, cleansing conditioner/conditioning cleanser, and just using hair conditioner to cleanse your hair?
It can get a little confusing with all the jargon but co-washes and cleansing conditioners/conditioning cleansers ARE THE SAME THING! ‘Co-wash’ is an abbreviated term for ‘conditioning wash’ which used to describe a cleanser (shampoo) that has a creamy, non-lathering conditioner texture. This is exactly the same for a ‘cleansing conditioner’. I don’t know why there are so many names for the same thing. It’s stupid but there you go. Low-poos, however, are totally definitely different as they do lather but don’t contain any sulfates.
Now… what is different is using your conditioner to cleanse your hair instead of a co-wash/cleansing conditioner. Please don’t do this!
Hair conditioner has been formulated to ONLY condition the hair – hence why when you use a co-wash or cleansing conditioner, you will/can still use a conditioner depending on your hair type and moisture/hydration needs. Co-washes and cleansing conditioners are formulated specifically to CLEANSE the hair but also giving you the added conditioning, nourishing moisture your curly or wavy hair needs.
There’s also leave-in conditioner but that’s used as a styling product as you leave the product in the hair and don’t wash it out.
How to use Noughty’s 1 Hit Wonder cleansing conditioner
It’s super simple. Get in the shower or bath – pump a good-sized amount into your hands and massage it into the scalp. If you want, you can add a little water to emulsify it to get it going. Don’t scratch the head with nails, use the pads of your fingers and thumbs to provide friction against the scalp. If you want you can leave it to work its magic for a few minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.
I won’t lie to you – if you’re not used to or never used a creamy cleanser before, you will think “WTF am I doing? This is not going to clean my hair properly!” but you are wrong. It does and it will. The coco-glucoside ingredient in this creamy cleanser will help to remove all the dirt and natural oils build-up in your hair and wash away without any stripping the hair nor feeling heavy and sticky.
Always follow with a thorough warm rinse then apply conditioner or deep-conditioning mask. If you have fine or wavy hair, I would suggest using a lightweight conditioner and occasionally use a hair mask once a month or whenever hair feels drier.
Try to avoid skipping conditioner. If you feel like the co-wash didn’t leave your hair ‘clean’ enough, you can either do a second cleanse with the co-wash or a low-poo cleanser. Alternatively, add conditioner mid-way down the hair to the tips. I tend to concentrate my conditioner on the ends but apply all over the head.
So what are you waiting for? Give it a go. For £6.99 you really don’t have much to lose but a new product on your shelf to gain. 🙂
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Behentrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phenoxyethanol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Parfum (Fragrance), Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin.
– not a CG approved ingredient
If you fancy another read:
- My TOP 5 sulfate-free shampoos (low-poo cleansers) for wavy hair
- UPDATED: My type 2A wavy hair care routine & favourites
- My type 2A wavy hair care routine (CGM friendly)
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