Without me knowing it, I accidentally discovered a new way of hair-washing that has been getting other ladies in a rave feast! It’s unofficially called “Washing Your Hair Backwards”. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve blind-folding yourself while walking 5 steps backwards to the left and shampooing your hair in a counter-clockwise motion. It’s just using your conditioner before shampooing your hair. I know it doesn’t make sense at first but I tried it, it worked for me and apparently, it’s worked well for a lot of other ladies, too.
Feed your hair before washing it
When I searched for this method, a similar article from No More Dirty Looks came out. It seems that the conditioner has a perfect pH level to seal the cuticle so the hair stays protected from all the friction when you start to shampoo your hair. Actually, I started using the backwards method about a year ago when I was experimenting with hair oils. I found that oiling my hair just before shampooing it makes it soft, conditioned but not limp. I’ve got fine hair and it’s easily weighed down by most conditioners and oils. But conditioning before shampooing leaves just enough moisture and oil on my hair.
Oily Scalp but Dry Hair? Limp hair? Try it backwards!
If like me, you’ve got oily scalp but dry hair, you probably know as much as I do that most oil-controlling shampoos dry not just the scalp but the hair, too. I’ve tried countless minty, lemony and whatnot shampoos for oily scalp and they always left my hair feeling brittle, frizzy and “dead”. But this changed when I started washing my hair backwards.
Now, what I do is oil my hair, skipping the roots, with Skin Apotheke’s Rejuvenating Hair Oil about 5-10 minutes before stepping into the shower. Then I shampoo my hair as usual. The downside is I don’t get the slide-the-comb smoothness after bathing so I still get tangles while my hair is wet. But when my hair finally dries and settles down, it’s soft, moisturized but definitely not limp. The best part is, my anti-oily scalp shampoo does it job of keeping my scalp oil-free without killing my hair!
Extra Dry Hair? Hate the Tangles?
If you don’t like the tangles or have extra dry hair that is thick and fluffy (meaning it can take the extra conditioning), you can also oil your hair first, shampoo it then lastly, apply a little bit of conditioner to help you get through the tangles. Or you can just use a bit of leave-on hair serum or light oil (macadamia and argan are great) once your hair dries. Some girls like to use heavy oils like coconut and olive for pre-shampoo oiling but since I have already limp and fine hair, my current hair oil is very light. I only use a dime-sized amount to coat my waist-length hair, focusing on the ends and the dry sections (Note: I’ve got very fine hair).
So if you haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot. What’s the worst thing that can happen, anyway? Yes, you doing something so silly such as actually washing your hair backwards. But that makes two of us… so yeah! Then please come back and tell us how it turns out, okay?