We've all been taught to condition our hair AFTER we shampoo it. But, have you ever stopped to wonder what would happen if you condition your hair BEFORE applying shampoo? If not, it's about time you do.
There's a new hair care trend doing the rounds that suggests you should condition your hair before applying shampoo. Sounds crazy, right? But wait till you read all about the fantastic benefits of switching the order of your hair care routine.
What is preconditioning?
Preconditioning, as the name suggests, is a trend supports the idea of applying conditioner before shampoo. Sounds odd? It is a little tricky because applying shampoo later means it will wash away everything, dirt and conditioner included. However, a few experts believe that preconditioning might be beneficial for the hair.
Our scalp naturally produces sebum to protect the hair cuticle and keep your strands nourished. However, shampoos are designed only for cleansing, and it is unable to differentiate between natural oils, grease and dirt; therefore, it washes away everything, leaving your scalp and hair dry and dehydrated. This is when the conditioner comes into picture. It restores the lost moisture and makes the hair soft and shiny. The downside to this is that some people apply too much conditioner, which weighs the hair down and makes it look greasy.
How does it work?
Preconditioning gives your tresses enough time to absorb and lock all the moisture into the hair. The shampoo washes off the excess product, thereby maintaining the natural pH level of your hair. For this technique, use a moisture-rich conditioner such as the Dove Dryness Care Conditioner and follow it up with a gentle shampoo.
Right way to do it
Preconditioning is simple; it can be done on dry or partially wet hair. Apply the conditioner on your hair strands and wait for 15-20 minutes before stepping into the shower. The quantity of conditioner will depend on the thickness and length of your hair. After washing off the conditioner, apply the shampoo as you usually would and rinse your hair later.