I guess we can all agree that conditioners are important products to add in our hair care routines, but before I tried reverse hair washing, I didn’t normally use hair conditioners all that much. For reference, I have thick, dense hair and a very oily scalp. Due to this, I find that most conditioners weigh down my hair. When I use conditioner the regular way, my hair looks like an oily, clumpy mess with no volume. It’s as if my hair hasn’t seen the insides of a shower in three days! When I don’t condition however, I will get volume, but my hair will look dry and dull.
So when I heard about reverse hair washing, I thought it might be the perfect solution. After all, you supposedly get the benefits of using a conditioner, but without that heavy and greasy build up. My theory is that some of the conditioner stays on the hair even after shampooing, but the excess goop that makes the hair flat and clumpy is washed off.
How to do reverse hair washing
1. Get your hair soaking wet before applying conditioner, so it will be easier to spread the product on every inch of your hair strands. However, if your scalp is oily like mine, avoid putting too much conditioner on the roots of the hair.
2. Leave the conditioner for as long as it says to on the label. I’m not the most patient person though, so I use this waiting time to cleanse my face and soap the rest of my body.
3. Shampoo your hair. If it's difficult to work up a lather, you can wet your hair a little bit but make sure not to rinse off all the conditioner before you shampoo. The key to get the best results out of reverse washing is to have some conditioner left to coat the hair.
I find that different sets of shampoos and conditioners don’t yield the same results. I did several trial-and-errors to find which combination of products work well with each other, and at what quantity. Reverse hair washing seems to work best with conditioners that are thicker and harder to rinse. My favorite combinations are Head and Shoulders Cool Menthol shampoo and conditioner, and L’Oreal Ever Sleek Shampoo + Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner.