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!
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!