1. Current shampoos and conditioners I’m using for reverse washing
2. My hair blow dried after reverse washing – no other styling products used
You’ve probably heard co-washing going round the blogosphere of late, hailed as the saviour of curly haired gals. Reverse washing too has similarly been gaining popularity. So for those who probably have no idea what I’m talking about and think I’ve gone mad here’s an explanation.
Co washing is simply washing your hair with conditioner. It’s meant to be done between proper washes with shampoo and helps make your hair less frizzy, knotty etc.
Reverse washing is simply what it says, washing your hair with conditioner first then shampooing afterwards, with the logic being that you’re still conditioning your hair but because you’re shampooing afterwards it removes the excess so your hair isn’t weighed down.
We’ve all grown up with the notion of lather, rinse, repeat so to suddenly shake things up is very strange.
I’ve not tried cowashing, simply because I don’t think it would be suitable for my fine hair. However I gave reverse washing a go a few weeks ago and I really like it.
It’s very strange and almost feels wrong to put conditioner on your hair first, but after a few weeks of doing it now it’s beginning to feel less alien to me. After reverse washing, my hair is actually just as easy, if not easier to detangle than usual and it doesn’t make my hair frizzy or unmanageable at all. As for volume, whilst it doesn’t give me considerably more -as I’ve said before volume is hard to come by with my hair- I don’t lose any either.
I personally really like reverse washing and I probably will carry on doing it for the foreseeable future as I’m seeing more benefits than drawbacks. I don’t know if this method will be suitable for those with thick or dry hair but if you have quite fine or oily hair and you find conditioner weighs it down or makes it greasy, just give it a go and you might be surprised!