I recently heard about the reverse hair washing technique and was kind of sceptical about it. Googling about it, it seems that this is not something new and many people have converted to this hair washing technique. If you haven’t heard about reverse hair wash yet, it means applying conditioner prior to shampoo.
It didn’t make much sense to me, to apply conditioner first, but reading about how great it is and how everyone was delighted with this technique, I thought I might try it myself, just to see what’s that all about.
How is reversed hair washing being done
- Reverse hair washing is being done by first wetting your entire hair with water.
- After that, you apply the same amount of conditioner you normally use. It should be applied only on the hair strands, not on the roots.
- You leave the conditioner on for a minute or two, for the hair to absorb conditioning properties and then shampoo roots of your hair without first rinsing the conditioner.
- Then the hair is rinsed again and shampooed for the second time.
- Hair is rinsed for the last time and that is it.
I tried reversed hair washing a couple of times, but I haven’t noticed a significant change. Reading other people’s reviews, it seems that this technique makes the hair thicker but my hair was actually more straight and thin (but I like that because my hair is usually like a lion’s mane when I wash it). I have an oily type of hair but on the first day of washing it is all over the place.
After reverse hair washing my hair was like I slightly straightened it with a hair straightener but that might be because this time I only shampooed hair roots and not hair strands (as advised for this hair washing technique). My hair also got greasy sooner than usual. I had to wash it the next day.
My hair did look nice and all (for that one day), but there is a but.
Even though my hair did look a bit better, this isn’t something I would usually do or recommend to other people. There is a reason why conditioner should be used after the shampoo. This hair washing technique isn’t good for the hair. (And I am too lazy to wash my hair every day.)
There is a scientific reason for shampooing before conditioning
Why a shampoo should go first
A shampoo is used to remove excess sebum, dead cells and dirt from your hair and scalp.
When using the shampoo, the cuticles that protect the hair shafts, slightly lift away from the hair shaft. That makes the hair more vulnerable to external influences and heat. Most shampoos have a pH of 8, which is slightly alkaline.
Why a conditioner should go second
A conditioner is used to bring the pH of the hair back to normal. Conditioners contain surfactants that close the opened cuticle making the hair moisturized, protected and manageable. They prevent external influences from damaging your hair.
So basically, shampoo opens the hair cuticle to penetrate and clean, conditioner then closes it afterwards to make the hair smooth and sleek.
Doing it in reverse would leave the cuticle open leaving it vulnerable and open to the external influence.
Even though the hair might look a bit better with the reverse hair washing technique, I will continue to use shampoo before the conditioner. The conditioner is not made to be applied first. Read more about correctly applying the shampoo and conditioner on your hair.
It especially isn’t good to wash your hair this way all the time. In time, hair would only get more and more damaged from external influences and hair ironing.
I figured it’s not worth the risk of damaging my hair on the long run.
What are your thoughts? Did you ever try washing your hair reverse?