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The Lowdown On Reverse Washing
Leslie Loyola
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We all have our favorite bath rituals, but we usually follow the same routine for our hair: shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse. But in the constant battle against frizz and flat hair, many experts suggest reversing the process.

All hair types and hair lengths can benefit from pre-shampoo conditioning. Applying the conditioner first smooths out the cuticles and repairs the hair fibers, allowing for a much easier and even distribution of the shampoo. You’ll still get the moisture and nourishment from the conditioner, minus the limp and lifeless aftermath.

Those with naturally oily hair tend to skip the conditioner, missing out on many of its benefits. With reverse washing, you won’t have to. On the other hand, if your hair is on the dry and brittle side—especially from chemical damage—slathering on conditioner first will help protect the fragile strands when you shampoo.

Reverse Washing Method Breakdown:

1. Rinse first. Wet your hair thoroughly with warm water to open up the cuticles and remove dirt, oil, and hair products.


2. Apply conditioner from the roots all the way to the tips. Concentrate on the ends if you have dry hair. You can also use a wide-tooth comb to help distribute the product evenly. Leave it on for five to 15 minutes if you can spare the time.


3. Rinse. Don’t worry about getting all the product out. Your hair should still feel slick and heavy before the next step.


4. Shampoo your hair starting at the roots. To boost blood circulation, apply a little bit of pressure as you massage your scalp with your fingertips.


5. Rinse thoroughly. Residue build-up from poor rinsing can cause all sorts of problems for your scalp and hair.


Try it for a frizz-free, shiny, and bouncy crowning glory.

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