Is reverse washing really a thing?
16 August 2018
Hair trends come and go, but only a few fall into the “bizarre” category. Enter the reverse shampoo system. While we don’t know how it originated, the trend has gained momentum with future-thinking beauty bloggers around the world. So, what does this trend entail? Let’s have a look.
What it is: A reverse shampoo entails dampening the hair and applying conditioner first. It’s meant to be a pre-shampoo treatment and nourish dry hair before cleansing it. Rumour has it that using a conditioner before your shampoo, helps hair seal in nutrients and moisture more effectively. Salon experts have not tested this reverse shampoo method, so caution is advised.
Why you should stick to tradition: Oily hair, or hair that has a lot of product build-up, benefits from a thorough cleanse of the strands and scalp first so that conditioner can penetrate and nourish the skin and follicles.
When you reverse shampoo and condition, you disrupt the balance between your favourite product pairing. After all, the products are designed to be used in a specific sequence. Ingredients found in one are often needed to activate or deactivate the other, so with the order switched up, the effectiveness of your wash could be affected.
For the health of your hair, it’s best to stick to the rules, as Mizani’s Rocky Bukasa says, “The washing and conditioning tradition was designed for a reason – to thoroughly cleanse hair and then replenish nutrients. It’s not recommended to try trends that could compromise the quality of your hair. The results are not scientifically tested, and most positive reviews for reverse washing are based on single experiences.”
Reverse washing might fall under the guise of being an alternative, but it’s not worth swimming in untested waters. If your current washing and conditioning regime is falling short in some way, rather re-look at the products that you’re using. A decent shampoo and conditioner matched correctly with your specific hair type will make all the difference when it comes to lustrous, bouncy locks.
The Dark and Lovely range is a great place to start. The moisturising effect of Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo is ideal for dry hair, as is Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner. Add more nourishment with a luxurious hair cream, like the ceramide-enriched Dark and Lovely Anti Breakage Healing Treatment, and you’ll be good to go.
Still in doubt? Talk to a professional stylist. They’ll be able to identify your problems correctly and recommend the right products to help you get better results.
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