Reverse Hair Washing

I’d never heard of reverse hair washing until I came across it while working on a client’s website recently. It simply means applying your conditioner before shampooing, instead of doing it the usual way.

Let me tell you why I found that intriguing: I have awfully thin hair that’s mostly straight near the roots. It begins to form big waves halfway down, and ends in clusters of curls of different sizes. At least that’s what it looks like on its best day, which happens about once or twice a month. The rest of the time, I’m a walking head of frizz that considers the wind, the air conditioning, and even my own movements to be potential hair enemies. Don’t ask me about trying styling products. I believe relying on them to be okay-looking everyday will just damage my hair even more and leave me with a bigger issue. So I just put my hair up in a messy bun all the time.

All I really want is to have low-maintenance hair that doesn’t threaten to wrap itself around my face and that of the person three paces behind me even if I let it down the entire day. This is what made me try the reverse hair washing method.

This morning, I did it for the first time. I wet my hair, applied conditioner, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I rinsed it out (According to the Internet–of course I researched after I did it haha–you’re supposed to apply the shampoo without rinsing out the conditioner.) and applied the shampoo. Then I rinsed it out again.

The verdict: I like the result. My hair is still not perfect, of course, but it did behave well today. There’s noticeably less frizz and my hair is relatively more manageable. The shape is better, too. Although the overall look is still far from the “freshly blow-dried” look that the other women who have tried the reverse washing method experienced, it’s already significantly better than the tumbleweed look that I’m used to.

My goodness, I sure hope this finally does the trick.