Is Reverse Hair Washing the Key to Shiny & Voluminous Hair?

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Does your hair get greasy a little too soon after showering? Has it been seeming limper than usual? You have full authority to blame your in-shower haircare regimen.

Out with the old and in with the new, dermatologists have recently approved of the new hair washing trend that was first seen on social media.

What is Reverse Hair Washing Anyway?

Much like the name suggests, reverse washing involves reversing the traditional order of products used in the shower. Rather than cleansing first, this method suggests going in with the conditioner on the bottom two-thirds of the strands for deeper conditioning and leaving it in for about five minutes. After rinsing the hair with lukewarm water, you follow up with a small amount of clarifying shampoo.

Note: Before you work with a conditioner over your hair extensions, read Brenda’s prescribed method. A conditioner should only be used on the ends of the hair shaft, else it may slip the hair extensions out.

The Scientific Theory

The theory is that deep conditioning first allows the nutrients to absorb into the hydrated hair strands. The nourishing hydration of the conditioner further locks in moisture into the hair to make it shinier and healthier and increase elasticity. It’s accepted better at this stage by the clear and clean hair follicles as thepH levels of water naturally increase the porosity of the keratin protein.

Shampooing afterward eliminates the residue the conditioner leaves behind, so you get the benefits of the conditioner but without the product being left on the hair shaft or scalp. When the lipophilic (conditioner) is washed off, it can prevent a greasier scalp for longer and also keep limp hair from being weighed down by the product. Moreover, reverse hair washing also rinses of conditioning products that may result in bacne.

Who Should Do Reverse Washing?

Reverse washing is an aesthetic measure that makes the hair appear thicker, shinier, and voluminous. It also lifts the roots to keep them from looking ‘flat’. This technique is particularly beneficial for those with fine, oily, or flat hair, considering it makes the diameter of the hair strands swell, so they appear fuller. This hair-washing method can be used as many times as you wash your hair during the week.

However, it doesn’t treat thinning or hair loss.

Women out of the shower after reverse washing for improved result

About Hair Extensions of Houston

Not sure if the reverse hair washing technique is recommended for custom-blended hair extensions? Ask Brenda!

Brenda is a trained hair specialist from Hair Extensions of Houston in Houston, TX, who masters installing non-damaging hair extensions via the copper loc hair extension system. This involves fastening the wearer’s natural hair to the highest quality Russian hair with the use of a small copper tube. Request an appointment today for best hair salons in Houston TX.