There is a new trend going around, designed for people who are obsessed with the condition of their hair. Improving the look and feel of the hair is important some certain folks, especially those who know the value of a beautiful mane. After numerous scientific advancements in hygiene and haircare, reverse hair washing is now taking the stage as the best and most effective method for increasing the health of your hair.
So, what is this so-called fad all about?
What is reverse hair washing?
Reverse hair washing is when you do your regular haircare routine but you do it backwards. While some people might find this a peculiar technique, it truly does have its warrants. It is a method of haircare that conditions the hair prior to it sustaining a harsh washing. Since some shampoos (especially those which contain sulfates) can strip the hair of its natural oils, applying conditioner first can prevent the hair follicle from dryness and breakage.
Why would anyone ever want to do this?
Reverse washing is pretty simple. It works because it helps to remove the residue left behind on your hair from the last time you washed and conditioned traditionally. The problem with the “normal” way of washing is that most people do not successfully rinse out all the conditioner in their hair after the shampooing process. When this occurs, the hair follicle gets weighed down and can begin to appear lifeless, flat, and without much volume. Reverse washing offers you all the benefits of using a terrific conditioner, sans the residue and lifelessness.
How do I reverse wash my hair?
Learning how to reverse wash your hair is pretty easy when you get right down to it. By definition, reverse hair washing is simply washing your hair last and conditioning it first. However, some people are still confused by the process. So, we have broken it down for you with this step-by-step reverse hair washing guide:
- Make sure you wet your hair thoroughly before you begin.
- Dispense hair conditioner into your hand and rub it together.
- Disperse the condition into all parts of your hair.
- Let the conditioner sit in your hair for 3 to 5 minutes. Perhaps shave your legs or do other hygienic tasks in the meantime.
- Without washing out the conditioner, apply your favorite shampoo. The shampoo is what strips the excess conditioner from your hair follicle.
- Rinse out the conditioner and shampoo mixture on your hair until the water runs clear.
Repeat each time you shower until your hair has reached its ideal texture and shine.
When apply this method be sure to use lukewarm water, as this is what increases the sheen of your hair. Hot water washes can actually be harmful to the condition of your scalp, and when used in excess can create dryness, flakiness, and even sores in some cases.
What are the best products to use?
When you begin your new habit of reverse hair washing, you will want to choose haircare products that match you unique hair type. Unfortunately, there is no single product that works wonders for every person. No matter what, you must come to grips with your one-of-a-kind style. To keep things simple, stick with your favorite shampoo and condition to begin. After you and your hair get used to the new routine, it will then be safe to try out new products.
Tips for successful reverse hair washing
Although it is pretty simple, there are a few tips and tricks you should use to get the most bang for your haircare buck. When you are ready to give this new trend a try, make sure you follow a few easy steps to make it a successful experience:
- Be prepared for a messy and (maybe) difficult experience if you try reverse hair washing for the first time with a lot of product on your mane.
- Try your best to brush your hair before you get in the shower. This is what will help get the conditioner deep in your hair.
- Get your hair extremely wet before you begin.
- Use a high quality conditioner. Remember: you get what you pay for when it comes to beauty products.
- Don’t be impatient! Leave the conditioner in your hair for at least 5 minutes.
- Stay away from towel drying your hair because that will most likely make it frizzy. Use a cotton t-shirt instead, if you can.
Things to consider before, during, and after reverse hair washing
According to some stylists, reverse washing is not the best option for all hair types. As such, it may be best for you to consult your beautician before starting a reverse hair washing regimen. In addition, it is probably not a good idea to reverse wash your hair every single time you shower. In order to get the most benefits of this technique, skip a day or two in between washes to allow your hair to recover some of its natural oils.
Don’t forget that using professional level products is what will make the most difference during any reverse washing routine. Doing so will make your mane more manageable and will also help to remove that excessive buildup which has you interested in this new haircare routine in the first place.
Also keep in mind that the purpose of shampooing is to temporarily remove dirt and oil from your hair. Conditioner is meant to add moisture (and other benefits, depending on the product you use). Still having weight down problems with your hair? Try using a clarifying shampoo after you condition.
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