How long have you been following the mantra “shampoo, rinse, repeat”? What if we told you your hair could look better if you started with conditioner instead? Well, it’s true. You could have bouncier, less greasy, more voluminous hair if you just reverse the order of your shampoo and conditioner—but there’s a trick to doing it right.
This technique is particularly useful if you have fine hair that tends to get weighed down and look flat or hair that tangles easily. And if your scalp is oily, this could extend the life of your wash cycle or blowout by a couple of days. Finishing with conditioner is great for thick, heavy hair that needs it for added smoothness and weight, but people with fine hair may find that although they need the moisture, they lose the volume they crave.
Starting with conditioner—or even a mask—helps to smooth out, moisturize and detangle hair. Following with shampoo helps remove any excess that might stick around if you finish with conditioner and leaves you with swingy, voluminous shampoo commercial hair!
Now, here’s the trick to doing it right. You can’t just condition, rinse, then shampoo. You have to shampoo the conditioner out. Wet your hair and apply conditioner from root to tips—not just the bottom half of your hair as you might be used to doing. If you’re worried about your hair not getting clean enough, scrub the conditioner into your scalp like you would a cleansing conditioner. Leave it in for a few minutes and then, use your shampoo to remove the conditioner.
If you have thicker hair but want to get in on this trend—you may just find your hair feels healthier and less damaged when washed this way—follow the shampoo with a little more conditioner, just use less than usual, and only apply it to the ends or the bottom half of your hair. You probably don’t need more on your roots.
While obviously, you can use your own shampoo and conditioner, beauty lines are already picking up on the trend and you can buy shampoo and conditioner made to be used in reverse.