Pantene Truly Natural Co-Wash Jumps On the Sulfate-Free Bandwagon

It's no secret that sulfates are of no help to your hair. They strip out the natural oils when they foam to "cleanse" the hair and leave behind a slightly sticky film that helps attract more dirt and oil to your hair, causing you to use more shampoo. If your hair is colored, it's stripping out your color with each and every wash.

I'm always on the lookout for new products that don't contain sulfates and do work really well. The biggest problem people have with sulfate-free shampoos is the lack of "slip" or foam. Without slip, it can be hard to feel like you are cleansing the hair and the natural shedding process can be mistaken for hair loss. Plus some sulfate-free shampoos can leave hair feeling dry and crunchy, requiring a lot of conditioner.

Pantene seems to have addressed both of those concerns with their Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. This is, by far, the most hydrating co-wash I've tried. It's way more hydrating than Wen! If you have fine (non-ethnic) hair, this may be too hydrating for you. If your hair is coarse, dry or thirsty, than I think you will be pleased. There is no foaming action, but I don't think you'll miss it.

I normally use Wen or other similar products and I was surprised at how easily this spread through the hair without pulling. I love washing my hair, but I loathe the pulling that sometimes happens when you run your fingers through your hair! I am so tender-headed! There was no foam, but the Co-Wash glides though hair, hydrating and cleansing each strand. I let my hair air dry and my hair felt very smooth without the aid of any styling tools.

Going forward, I will add my usual amount of Davines Oi to my hair to make the ends feel smooth, but otherwise, I'm really happy with how well this Co-Wash performed. I did have a hard time finding it in my local stores. I believe this product is intended for ethnic hair, so if you don't see it with the other Pantene products, check out the ethnic section before assuming they don't have it. If you have fine or oily hair, this many be too hydrating for you.

Pantene just released a Low Lather Damage Repair Cleansing Conditioner. If you've tried that, let me know! I'll try to pick it up to compare the two. I will assume the formulas are similar, although the Truly Natural does not lather. If you happen to have this, please send me a snapshot of the ingredients! It isn't on the shelves in my neck of the woods yet.

If you have chemically treated, porous or dry hair, this is wonderful. If you've tried it, please share your experience in the comments!

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  1. They carry the damage control one at so I took a snapshot of the ingredients for you.

    Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Zinc Pyrithione, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

  2. Hmmm...interesting! I have never tried this brand but upon reading your review about it, I think I'll give it a try. It seems like a great hair product to try out. Its formula is impressive.

  3. I love Wen, so this would be fun to try! How do you feel about the dimenthicone in it, though? I know some people try to stay away from it. Do you think it had any negative side-effects on your hair?

  4. No thanks, contains two toxic chemicals still. Until they jump onto the Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone free bandwagon, no thanks


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