Have you heard of reverse shampooing? Until last month, I had not. I’ve learned since, this is no new process for curly hair girls… Alas, I have straight hair. Have I been washing my hair wrong this whole time? Determined to find out I tried reverse shampooing for a month. The theory is that when you wash your hair, you can never quite rinse all the conditioner out – leaving a residue that weighs hair down and makes it flat, not bouncy. Therefore, by using the conditioner first, you still reap all the conditioning benefits but when you shampoo second the layer of residue is removed by the shampoo and leaves you with cleaner hair that needs to be washed less often and has way more volume – recreating the effects of freshly blow-dried hair.
My first thought was, “I need that layer of residue.” My second thought was, “What do I need that for? Aren’t leave-in conditioners a thing? And if so… why?” Initially, my gut told me the remnants of conditioner protect my hair from heat styling tools. If the tools touch my extremely clean hair without anything in-between wouldn’t that cause more damage than good? Needless to say, I was skeptical.
On the first day things weren’t looking so good. After getting out of the shower, I could barely get a comb through my wet hair. But, as the days went on I started to notice how soft and easy my hair was to manage. All of a sudden I had this natural wave that I was really into… My hair was holding curls or staying straight from the heating tools longer and I haven’t put any dry shampoo in my hair since I began the experiment. I didn’t notice a big difference in the volume, which could be the result of my extremely thick hair. Overall, I am going to continue to wash my hair in reverse order because I really like the way my hair seems to lay these days. And, the softness is just too much. I love it.