If you rinse your hair, shampoo, rinse, condition and rinse again, you might be doing it all wrong! Apparently reverse hair washing – conditioner first and then shampoo – is the best way to do it, changing what most people have routinely done for years!
Reversing the way you wash your hair can add extra shine and volume to your locks and can sometimes mean you can go longer between washes without your hair appearing greasy.
Most effective on fine-haired people, this way around avoids conditioner residue being left on hair follicles and making it appear dull, heavy or even greasy.
But can reverse hair washing help prevent hair loss?
While reverse hair washing can make your hair better conditioned, it can’t do much to help the battle against many forms of hair loss including male pattern balding or most types of alopecia, for example.
What it might be able to do is strengthen the hair to avoid everyday hair loss due to poor condition, thinning or traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia means hair loss due to traction – pulling – and is usually caused when hair follicles are under tension, such as wearing tight ponytails every day, hair extensions or trichotillomania (an emotional condition where people pull their hair with their hands).
If reverse hair washing leaves your hair stronger, it is likely that it will be able to withstand more pressure!
What if I’m losing hair already?
Unfortunately, if your hair is already thinning – the reverse trick is unlikely to do much when it comes to putting a stop to the hair loss process.
It is, however, always a good idea to keep your hair in tip top condition to give it a fighting chance.
Some other ways to do this are regular brushing with a good quality brush, sleeping on a silk pillow, using night protector spray on your locks and avoiding towel drying your hair.
The better conditioned your hair, the less breakages it will be prone to and you’ll be less likely to struggle with the condition of traction alopecia.