What Comes First Shampoo or Conditioner? ...


What Comes First Shampoo or Conditioner?  ...
What Comes First Shampoo or Conditioner?  ...

The short answer is: yes! This is a new trend and it sounds weird, but there’s science behind it. I have never in my life done conditioner before shampoo so I was intrigued when I heard about this. Apparently it’s a thing. And it’s a thing that has merits so you should definitely give it a try before you decide if it’s for you or not. To help you decide, I went to the experts and learned everything I could about shampoo before conditioner. Here’s all the facts.

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The Conditioner Acts as Primer for the Shampoo

hair, blue, hairstyle, long hair, You know how great a primer can be for keeping your makeup in place and it turns out that using conditioner before shampoo has the same effect. It creates an even and smooth palette for your shampoo to stick to. That means a more even distribution throughout your strands, leaving you with a cleaner head of hair every time and less product buildup at the same time. Interesting, right?


Conditioner before Shampoo is Perfect for Girls with Thin Hair

hair, human hair color, face, blond, hairstyle, As a person with pretty thin hair, I’m always on the lookout for ways to add volume. According to hair experts who love this trend, using conditioner first helps keep from weighing your hair down so there’s a fullness that you don’t see when you shampoo first. For this reason alone, I’ve got to give this a try!


Condition from Root to Tip if You Plan to Shampoo Last

New York City, hair, human hair color, face, clothing, You might generally only condition from the ears down, which many experts recommend, but if you plan to shampoo after you condition, you should apply the conditioning product to your entire head of hair. Rub the product in well all over your head, then shampoo as usual.


This Crazy New Hair Washing Trend is Great for Hydration

hair, face, eyebrow, black hair, photography, One of the reasons why conditioner before shampoo is getting so much attention is because it’s great for hydrating parched strands. You get the hydration you need without weighing your hair down. Experts say it’s an especially good practice during the summer when your hair is naturally a bit drier than in cooler months.


You’ll Get a Longer Lasting Blow Dry

hair, face, hairstyle, blond, brown hair, Hate blow drying your hair? Me too! If you want to get more mileage out of your blowout, you should be conditioning before you shampoo. Switching up the order of things gives you a fresh mane of hair, which means your styling treatments penetrate deeper and last longer. Who doesn’t want that?


Use Heat to Make the Change Even More Effective

eyewear, hair, sunglasses, glasses, vision care, Some hair care experts say that applying the conditioner, then blasting your strands with a blow dryer for a few minutes before washing drastically improves the benefits. The heat allows the conditioner to penetrate more deeply into your hair, boosting the benefits. Once you finish with the blow dryer, hop in the shower, shampoo and you’re done.


Some Products Might Not Work as Well as Others for Reverse Washing

hair, human hair color, face, black hair, clothing, Some girls who have tried reverse washing say that it doesn’t work with all combinations of shampoos and conditioners. If you want to give it a try, experiment with various brands and combinations to find the one that gives you the luxurious head of hair you crave. Some hair care products are even coming out with partner products that are specifically designed for reverse washing.

Have you ever tried conditioner before shampoo? Did it work wonders on your hair? If not, do you plan to try it now?

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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

I tried this tonight and my hair felt dry and tangled. I had to use conditioner after I shampooed

People that bash others for trying to help out are just plain mean and have nothing better to do with themselves. This article might not be right for you but someone else might find it helpful!

The process is called prepooing. I coat my hair with olive oil and conditioner and then cover it in a plastic cap and wait 2-4 hours. I'm making sure my hair doesn't not get dried out by the sulfates in the shampoo. Since I have curly hair, my hair is prone to dryness due to the shampoo stripping moisture.

Tried it! And I'm very impressed 💗

This is a load of rubbish!!!! Shampoo opens the cuticle and cleanses it then conditioner closes the cuticle!!!!!!! So why close the cuticle before reopening it? People need to do their research

Hey, I’ll try it!

Tried this last night. Yes, it was soft but also looked very poofy and it was very tangly. Looked like I had been teasing my hair tons. So it's a no from me, but it may just not work for my shampoo and/or my hair type.

I read this years ago, in what I believe might have been my father's Scientific American, actually that would have make it over 20 years ago! The article was about the discovery of how when conditioner was applied first, it excited the ions in the hair meant to bind with the shampoo. Since conditioner is always applied last, there is little residue of the shampoo left in the hair for the chemical reaction to occur. It cited the pure accidental discovery of this by a girl who accidentally applied conditioner, thinking it was shampoo, then tried to wash it out. That's all I can remember; I have a good memory, but it has its limitations.

As a hairdresser, this is absolutely ridiculous. The point of shampoo is to wash excess oils and other things out of your hair so by using it after conditioner makes no sense! You'll just wash it out as it runs down the ends of your hair. You may as well just not use conditioner! Your hair will be soft, yes but it will also be brittle and dry up faster than you can imagine! The conditioner has a purpose and you're defeating that purpose. I'm not trying to start an argument, do whatever you want to your hair. But don't complain when your hair breaks faster than you want it to.

I really hope it works going to give it a try !:)

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