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Wash Your Hair Backwards!


A few weeks ago, I started washing my hair backwards.  Or, maybe a better way to say it is that I’ve started washing my hair in reverse order.  First, I condition and second, I shampoo.

Is That Co-Washing?

Nope.  Co-washing is different from what I’m doing.  Co-washing is when you “wash” your hair with conditioner only.  The theory behind it is that by conditioning your hair, without using a shampoo, you are adding moisture to your hair without stripping it.  You would apply your conditioner and then rinse it out after it has sat on your head for a while.  Many women swear by this method of washing their hair. 

Reverse Hair Washing

By conditioning my hair first, I ensure that it gets lots of moisture. I gently massage it into my scalp. I’m also sure to cover the tips of my hair.  I leave it in for about 10 minutes while I shower and then rinse it out.  If I were to stop there, I would end up with quite the build up in my hair (I learned that the hard way), leaving it feeling heavy and greasy over time.  So, I use a bit of shampoo to get the excess conditioner out.

The Benefits of Reverse Washing

The first time I tried this, I was worried that my hair would be full of knots and tangles at the end of my shower.  I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have long hair that goes to the middle of my back and I had no problem running a comb straight through it.  Phew!  I had no need for an extra leave-in conditioner or to have a war with my hair. 

Even better, my hair felt softer and looked shinier when I was done.  I’ve now had those great results for a few weeks, so I know it wasn’t just a one time thing!

Who Else is Reverse Washing?

As much as this was a personal discovery for me, I’m not the only Reverse Washer out there!  Reverse Washing is referenced in the book No More Dirty Looks and also on their blog.  They’ve had a great experience with Reverse Washing as well!

AloeHow has Reverse Washing worked for you?

Have you ever tried washing your hair in reverse?  If you did, how did it work for you?  If haven’t had a chance to try it yet, would you be willing to give it a shot and tell me how it worked?  I’d love to hear from you!

21 thoughts on “Wash Your Hair Backwards!

  1. I will definitely try it.

  2. I do have to ask you a question: While you let the conditioner sit on your hair for 10 minutes do you turn off the water in your shower?

    • I’ve used that time for the rest of my shower and if I finish quickly, I sometimes turn off the shower so that I don’t waste a lot of water. 🙂

  3. wow definitely trying this! sounds awesome! I always struggle with knots and tangles ! Excited to try this method thanks! x

  4. I have never heard of this, but I think I’ll try it! 🙂

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  6. hmm…I’ll defiantly try this! I have long curly hair that can be a bit hard to manage, so it’s worth a try!

  7. Tried it this morning. Felt strange but results were great. Hair looked lush x

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  10. ive been toying with this idea for a while, but haven’t gotten around it bc my hair its extra dry so it needs the extra moisture.

  11. Hello, can I know if I can deep-condition before shampooing? Because my hairdresser says that conditioning is bad and I should only use those deep conditioning hair treatment masks.

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