I’ve perfected the art of reverse hair washing

A while ago, I stumbled across a great post on by Megan Kelly on reverse hair washing and which I’ve found to be hugely effective in managing my own hair.

I have heavily treated hair. It’s currently highlighted, but has been ever color of the rainbow at any given time. I also GHD the hell out of it at least twice a week! So it’s damaged goods people. I also have thick hair, and lots of it too, especially round the back of my head, there is masses of hair there. With the volume of hair and how heavily treated my hair is, I’ve found that it just doesn’t seem to stay clean. My roots get oily very quickly and literally 24 hours after washing and styling, my hair has no volume and hangs lank and limp. I hate it. 

So after what Megan had to say about reverse washing I decided to give it a try. 

Reverse washing is the method in which you use conditioner before shampoo, thereby reversing the usual order that you would wash your hair. The idea is that conditioner coats your hair but doesn’t rinse out very well, so by shampooing your hair afterwards, you will rinse the conditioner from your hair, eliminating any product build-up.

My problem with this method as explained above, is that because my hair is heat treated and highlighted, the ends tend to be dry and distressed and the standard reverse washing left my ends feeling like straw. So I fiddled around with the method and perfected it for my hair.

Here’s how:

  • Wet your hair
  • Give it a quick, light shampoo to remove excess oils and product
  • Rinse
  • Add conditioner, from roots to tip
  • Leave in the conditioner for a few minutes and comb through
  • Rinse
  • Apply shampoo to roots of the hair only, gently lather, making sure to keep as much of the shampoo off the ends of your hair as possible.
  • Rinse

I have found that this method keeps the roots of my hair clean for up to 4 days, while the ends hold the style best and keep lots of volume instead of lying limp and  flat. 

Where previously I was having to wash my hair every day to every second day, I am now down to washing my hair only twice a week! WINNING!

Check my results, this is after two days, still lots of style and volume to my hair. 

Reverse Hair Washing

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  • Reply catjuggles

    Wow – Thanks Sharon – I think I should give this a try too

    April 8, 2016 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Sam

    I wonder if anyone with short hair has tried this method? I am washing daily still cos my hair sticks up EVERYWHERE after being slept on cos its short now 🙂

    April 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Charlotte aka The Stiletto Mum

    I am so tring this

    April 8, 2016 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply luchae

    No ways! So doing it!

    April 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Being Me - With Celeste

    lol, I didn’t even know this was a thing. I missed that post by Megan Kelly. I accidentally grabbed my conditioner first this morning and then washed with shampoo. I have been wondering all day why my hair felt so much lighter.

    April 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Jadie Jones

    Thanks for the tip definitely giving this a try!

    April 9, 2016 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Belinda Mountain (@BelindaMountain)

    Tried this this morning! Although I wore my hair up so can’t be sure if it worked or not. Trying again tomorrow!

    April 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply roslyn

    Have you ventured into the world of spray on dry shampoo yet??? I’m keen to try it xx

    June 12, 2016 at 12:23 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I have. I use dry shampoo in conjunction with reverse washing. I find the reverse washing gives my hair much more body for a few days after the wash and then the dry shampoo removes oil around the hairline when I want to tie is up on day 3 or day 4 post wash.

      June 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm

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