Sunday, May 4, 2014

Reverse Hair Washing?

I read an article a few weeks ago about reverse hair washing and was intrigued. I guess I'm the type of person who will keep trying new hair things until I find the method that just works. Basically, what you do is use conditioner first THEN wash with shampoo.

This makes no sense, right? Will my hair still be soft and moisturized? Of course, I was skeptical too but I thought I'd give it a try. The worst that could happen is a day or two of bad hair days and I'd just go back to the old way.  Supposedly using the conditioner first will moisturize your hair and the shampoo will clean it and remove a lot of the conditioner residue without removing the benefits of the conditioner.


What do you do?

So, what you do is use conditioner on your hair focusing on the ends of the hair, not so much the roots. Let it soak in for about 5 minutes. Since I chopped my hair this was a lot easier because I can wash everything else while it soaks without really getting my hair wet. It would have been much harder with my long hair.  So anyway, once the 5 minutes are up you rinse it all out and then shampoo like normal.  That's all!

How did it work?

To be honest, really well. I've been doing it for about a month now, in the beginning I'd forget and grab the shampoo first out of habit but eventually I got used to checking to see which bottle I had before I squirted it out. My hair has more volume because it's not weighed down by the heavy conditioner but it's still really soft and tangle-free as it ever was.  I can even blow dry my hair and it doesn't feel particularly dry or coarse. Another plus is that I don't use as much shampoo since it gets the first run-through with conditioner it removes a lot of the dirt before I even get to the shampoo. My hair also still looks good after 2 days of not washing (gross, but sometimes it happens.)

It's already become a habit for me to reverse wash my hair and I don't see myself going back to the traditional way anytime soon.