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Pump up the volume: how reverse washing works well for fine hair types

You may or may not have come across a hair care tip called reverse washing and wondered what it is and if it works. It's the simplest of hair care techniques for fine hair… instead of shampooing and then conditioning when washing your hair, you just do the reverse instead. Conditioner on before the shampoo.

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Why would you do reverse washing?

Reverse washing is great for fine hair. For fine hair that lacks volume but has dry ends, I usually recommend our Light Conditioner to use as an in-shower regular hair conditioner.

But for some heads of fine hair, the mere mention of conditioner tends to make it instantly feel greasy, limp, flat or lank. Especially true of straight fine hair, as straight hair isn’t as ‘thirsty’ as thicker wavy or curly hair, so conditioner tends to just sit on top of it rather than work its way into the hair.

For this kind of hair, reverse washing is the way forward. No more flat hair.

This method isn’t recommended for really thick or coarse wavy or curly hair. This hair type usually benefits from having a bit of conditioner residue left in to smooth it and add some weight. But of course wavy curly people can use this method when they really want to pump up the volume!

Rules are there to be broken after all. 

3 types of conditioner, light, cream and treament, in pump bottles

How reverse washing works

By reverse washing, you get all the nourishing and moisturising benefits of conditioner, without leaving any residue on your hair. This method works with both our solid conditioner bars as well as our liquid conditioners.

Just wet your hair as normal and apply your conditioner. Leave for at least a few minutes to allow the active ingredients to work their way into the hair, then rinse. Apply your shampoo (preferably a sulphate free shampoo), massage in and rinse again. 

It's worth noting, that if you have the sort of hair that is easily tangled, reverse washing may not work so well for you as the detangling benefits of the conditioner will be lessened.

The results of reverse washing

After reverse washing you should notice bouncier hair right away. And then over time, fewer split ends. You might also notice that you don’t need to wash your hair as frequently, as your hair will feel less weighed down. Plus the natural oils produced by your scalp won't be disrupted by conditioner residue left in the hair any more so oil production will be more regulated.

Fuller, bouncier hair and less hair washing... you’re welcome!

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