Those with fine or thin hair often struggle with conditioner and consider skipping the step all together. Using the wrong product or using it incorrectly can weigh hair down and stimulate oil production.
What Are The Benefits Of Reverse Washing?
Reverse washing is known to prevent the flattening side effects of conditioner whilst still allowing hair to benefit from the hydrating and protective qualities of the product. Applying a conditioner before washing coats your hair cuticles with protection. Once rinsed, the coating left behind acts as a primer for your hair.
This coating helps your shampoo spread more evenly, leading to less product build-up. The shampoo will wash away the heaviness of the conditioner but won't reverse the hydrating benefits and glossy finish.
What Are The Drawbacks Of Reverse Washing?
Reverse-washing your hair can take a lot of experimentation. You'll need to see which products work best for your hair in this order, how much of each product to use, and where to apply it. This can lead to a few bad hair days!
Overall, there aren't many drawbacks for your hair's health with reverse washing. Some people just don't like the feeling of conditioning unwashed hair and may think their hair still feels unclean after the process.
Should I Reverse-wash My Hair?
Reverse washing is particularly beneficial for those with thin or fine hair. But if you have thick hair, you can still enjoy the priming effect that a pre-wash conditioner brings. However, we recommend that you condition, shampoo, and then condition again to ensure that your hair is properly hydrated.
To reverse-wash, you need to apply conditioner all over you hair, as opposed to just the lengths. This is important to creating an even priming surface for the shampoo. You still need to rinse the conditioner thoroughly before applying shampoo. The coating alone will be enough to prime the hair.
It's also recommended you use a clarifying shampoo to ensure a thorough clean. We recommend Christophe Robin Clarifying Shampoo.
Reverse washing is a trend that has completely changed many people's hair routine. Although the process may not replace traditional washing across the board, it's worth some experimentation to see if your hair enjoys the benefits.