Reverse Hair-Washing Has Gone Mainstream, And I'm Jumping on the Bandwagon

People with fine hair have been experimenting with this technique for a few years, and now there's an affordable "system" based on the idea.
Publish date:
April 11, 2016
Tresemme, volume, shampoo, fine hair, Pre-shampoo Treatments, Reverse Hair-washing

My hair is a wimp.

My hair is very fine, straight and slippery. Exposure to the following conditions makes it fall flat: rain, gravity, too much washing, too little washing, most hair products. It can't hold a curl. It slides out of styles. Above all, it requires a very light and careful touch, or else it goes totally limp. If my hair was a person, it would be a delicate Victorian lady who's a little oversensitive and prone to fainting.

I'm always on the lookout for a new product or technique that will actually work on my wimpy hair. I was very intrigued by TRESemmé's new line of volumizing hair products. The Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System seems like it might be inspired by beauty bloggers' experiments with reverse hair-washing. For me, the beautysphere has been a great source of beauty information that actually works, so I had to try it for myself.

In case you don't know, "reverse hair-washing" is another way of saying "use conditioner first, shampoo second." It's not as well known as no-poo or co-washing, but people have been experimenting with this technique for a few years now. Many people found that it worked best with basic drugstore products, so it's fitting that TRESemmé was the one to launch the first line of mainstream products explicitly designed for this technique.

Reverse hair-washing is supposed to work well for fine hair because it reduces the amount of conditioner that's left in your hair. Fine hair tends to get weighed down by conditioner, even when it's not particularly heavy.

My wimpy hair definitely has this problem. I rinse out my conditioner right after I apply it. If I let it sit, too much absorbs, leaving me with flat hair that gets greasy quickly. Sometimes I use a moisturizing shampoo and skip the conditioner entirely. I feel like I'm always choosing between flat-but-silky or dry-but-volumized.

The Beauty-Full line promises softness and volume at the same time — but did it work?

After a couple weeks of testing, I'm happy to report that this line worked pretty well for me! My hair feels a little dry, but it's soft and not weighed down at all. It even looks decent when it air-dries. My day-two hair is especially good: visibly less greasy than usual.

This system might be too drying if you wash your hair every day, but if you have fine hair, you shouldn't be doing that anyways. (Seriously, get some dry shampoo and embrace your unwashed look). It didn't give me as much volume as L'Oreal Fibralogy, but it smells way better and didn't irritate my scalp like Fibralogy did, either. I think it's a good option for people who want to stay in the drugstore price range.

  • Have you ever tried reverse hair-washing?
  • What's your trick for getting volume?
  • If your hair was a person, what would they be like?