Not to long ago I learned something crazy.
My whole life, I’ve been washing my hair the wrong way. Like, totally wrong way.
I had no clue! In fact, I would guess that you are probably washing your hair the wrong way too.
You want to start by brushing your hair, before your shower. Get all the tangles out. Why? This will help you not have to clean your drains out as often, but also to stimulate the circulation in your scalp and reduce the amount of breakage.
When you get in the shower, you will start off by getting your hair wet and giving it a good rinse. You will want to make sure that you use warm water. (No problem right?) The warm water will help to remove dirt and product in your hair.
This next step is where it gets crazy.
Ok, maybe not crazy, but this is where I learned that I was doing it all wrong.
Condition your hair. First.
Yes! You read it right! This is especially true if you have longer hair (meaning longer than shoulder length). Use the conditioner to work up a lather, concentrating mostly on the mid length to ends. Let it sit for a few minutes while you do your other shower stuff like shaving and washing your face. Rinse your hair thoroughly. (I used a shower cap to put over my hair while the conditioner gets to work!)
Next is the shampoo. (I know, the first few times you do it you will feel completely backwards!) You will notice it lathers up pretty easily! With the shampoo your main focus will be on the roots. Lather. Rinse.
Seal in some shine to your hair with a quick rinse in cold water.
The first time I tried this ‘new’ way of washing my hair I was a little worried. My hair is a HOT MESS. It’s super dry, but gets greasy easily. And oh gosh, it gets so tangled. So easily! How is that for a combo huh?
But for the blog (because I love you all so!) I tried it. It felt funny to do it in the opposite order. And when I came out of the shower, I was really nervous. It seemed dry. It was all tangled. I thought oh geez. Getting a brush to go through this is not going to be pretty. But honestly, the brush went through easily. In fact, I’ve struggled with it much more when I shampooed first. I also noticed that my hair had more volume.
They say that when you shampoo first, condition second that the weight of the conditioner keeps your hair from having as much volume. But when you condition first (and let your hair absorb some of that conditioner), shampooing will clean and rinse most of the excess conditioner away, leaving your hair lighter and thus, more volume.
So even though I felt backward, I’ve adopted this ‘new’ way of washing my hair. And now, I’m not sure I could go back!
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What about you? Do you shampoo or condition your hair first?
Be sure to check out some of my favorite hair care products! Seriously, these are pretty life changing. (Well, close to it anyways!) :)
- It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product (This is an ABSOLUTE must for me! It’s a tad pricey but I really HAVE to have it!!)
- This is my favorite shampoo and conditioner. Definitely leaves my hair feeling soft and voluminous!
- Hair mask? Why yes. Yes, I do. Here is my favorite!
- Do you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair? Then you need Argan Oil to help protect your hair. It makes a huge difference!