Are You Shampooing in Reverse??? Here’s Why You Should…Tamara Floyd
If your hair is dry and brittle after each shampoo, you may be shampooing in the wrong order.
In the natural hair community we call this switcheroo, a pre-poo. To apply conditioner and/or oil to the hair before shampooing is a called a pre-poo treatment (pre-shampoo treatment). I swear by it!
Next to switching to a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo, applying conditioner to your hair before shampooing will save you from the frizzies as XOJane writer, Alison Freer found out. Its ideal for fine or naturally porous hair. According to Freer, the theory with washing your hair in reverse is that you soften and get all the snarls out by using your favorite conditioner first. Let it sit for five minutes or so while you wash the rest of your body, then rinse thoroughly and shampoo lightly right before you jump out of the shower.
But the key is also to focus on only shampooing your scalp. It’s really not necessary to shampoo down the length of your hair. The run-off of shampoo and conditioner will gently and effectively cleanse hair.
Aside for fighting the frizzies and combating dryness, shampooing in reverse or can also prevent split ends and keep your color vibrant.
I have being practicing this for a few years now and it definitely makes a difference. I like to mist my hair with a combination of water and aloe vera juice and then apply coconut oil to my ends instead of conditioner. Coconut oil is known for its ability to strengthen and moisturize hair. It will give you the same great result without leaving your hair oily or weighed down.