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The Upside Down Hair Wash

0 Posted by - June 5, 2013 - Hair, Hair Products
I’ve had several hairdressers tell me that dry or damaged hair, no matter what thickness, has more texture and therefore is easier to style. That might be so, but it doesn’t ring true when your hair suddenly falls flat as a pancake at 3pm. It also makes the task of hydrating parched hair, without exacerbating flatness, a bit of a challenge – but I’ve found a little trick that tackles dryness without leaving me with mop-hair a few hours later.

The ‘pre-poo’.
Rather than conditioning the hair after shampooing I find applying a heavier duty conditioner or hair mask a few hours or even the night before I was my hair ensures it stays supple and healthy without coating the hair and leaving it heavy. I have a few on rotation including Redken All Soft Heavy Cream, which leaves the hair super soft but can be a little heavy without being shampooed out. I’ve also been using Davines Authentic Moisturising Balm for Face, Hair and Body, which is a prettily packaged blend of carthame, safflower, jojoba, sunflower and sesame oils plus Shea butter. It’s been sitting in my drawer for a good year because I wasn’t totally sure how to best use it, but smoothed through the ends  before bed (towel strategically placed on the pillow) it leaves the hair feeling really hydrated. Any excess on my hands after applying gets rubbed onto elbows and knees.
Another easy, cheap and natural option is simply slathering on some oil. I find coconut oil is the best for conditioning my hair, whilst olive oil does wonders for soothing the scalp but can be a little more hassle to rinse out.  That said, both the Davines Balm and oils are silicone free which I find easier to wash out as I use sulphate free shampoo. It’s best to do a couple of washes if you’re using the ‘pre-poo’ method to ensure the conditioner is thoroughly washed out, but it’s worth it for the results.

And if your hair still needs a boost – try this trio.

24 Comments

  • Nicky Zeeb June 5, 2013 - 12:41 pm Reply

    Amazing advice! I never thought to do that. Might give my poor ombred hair this treatment to get some life back in it!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

  • whenthesaints June 5, 2013 - 12:43 pm Reply

    This is why I love your blog! So original and smart. I sometimes use coconut oil before washing my hair, best thing ever.

  • Meg June 5, 2013 - 1:02 pm Reply

    ah that made my day – thank you!

  • Janine Wanderlust June 5, 2013 - 2:13 pm Reply

    gah, so true what you said about 3pm hair, even when damaged. Amla oil the night before is my latest find, but you gotta like a slightly fraganced head at night

  • Cookiie June 5, 2013 - 3:25 pm Reply

    So the whole point of this is not needing to condition your hair -after- washing right? I’ve pre-conditioned my hair with jojoba oil before which I thought was pretty good but I always also conditioned after which was fine too, although I must admit I never really expected a lot of bouncy-ness with my really long hair. Definitely worth trying to see what happens, thanks for the tip!

    ★ Cookiie
    http://www.milkandcookiie.com

  • disqus_KqkT7hjAY7 June 5, 2013 - 3:57 pm Reply
  • Grace Powell June 5, 2013 - 5:13 pm Reply

    I’m definitely going to try this. I recently ombre’d my hair it is in definite need of hydrate! thanks for the tip.

    http://www.beautywithoutgracex.blogspot.co.uk

    Grace xx

  • Maddy Cane June 5, 2013 - 5:20 pm Reply

    Such a good idea, I am definitely going to try this! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Babodpower June 5, 2013 - 7:23 pm Reply

    Just recently discovered coconut oil and i love it! Have to say it’s the best(pre-poo) hair conditioner I’ve come across,my thick,slightly frizz hair loves it! And the rest of my body come to think of it.I’ve made an amazing body scrub with it as well,Love the stuff!!!

  • Nora June 5, 2013 - 8:51 pm Reply

    I keep meaning to buy some coconut oil to do this exact thing. I need to bite the bullet and get some!

  • Fleur June 5, 2013 - 9:11 pm Reply

    That’s a good plan! My hair as it gets longer is drying out but when I condition it, it ends up so flat and by 5pm – greasy :( I’ll have to give this a go! Love finding new tips :) thanks for sharing! xo

  • mariam_93 June 5, 2013 - 10:03 pm Reply

    Great few tips! I’m going to try them out! I’ll let you know how I these work for me! I already use coconut oil in my hair but nor very regularly! helloiammariam.com

  • Chelsea Henry June 6, 2013 - 4:37 am Reply

    CWC washing is the best! Basically how I shampoo my hair every time. I love LUSH hair masks for this, or things like Joico’s KPAK Reconstructor. I always find that my hair feels so much nicer when I do this vs just regular shampoo + condition. x

  • bacardi chaser June 6, 2013 - 5:23 am Reply

    I always do that with masks which are too heavy!

    bacardichaser.blogspot.com

  • Nicci Weasley June 6, 2013 - 10:43 am Reply

    I will definitely try that!

  • Steph Josh June 6, 2013 - 4:02 pm Reply

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    @ sewa mobil

  • Molly Lyon June 6, 2013 - 7:54 pm Reply

    This is a great idea!

    Molly x
    Lyonsnotes.blogspot.co.uk

  • Annie June 7, 2013 - 8:53 am Reply

    I use coconut oil on my hair before washing it and I think it works really well :)

    http://www.raspberphobia.com

  • Maxine June 7, 2013 - 10:23 am Reply

    Pre poo haha love it. This sounds like a top idea:)

    Maxine
    http://maxgreencoffeebeanextract.com/

  • Isabel Lebasi June 8, 2013 - 12:22 am Reply

    i should try sleeping with a mask in sounds like a great idea!

    Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

  • Claire Mier June 12, 2013 - 4:26 am Reply

    I use Egyptian magic balm for hair-tip smoothing as well as for my face in winter time, and it does a wonderful job on nail cuticles.

    For facial mask, I ‘ve just recently been using Korean-produced snail cream as night mask. the cream texture feel icky at first but it gets absorbed rather quickly and leaves the skin so smooth and radiant the next day.

  • chloé July 10, 2013 - 3:48 am Reply

    Which product is on the spoon?

  • Meg July 21, 2013 - 3:27 pm Reply

    coconut oil!

  • katiE September 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm Reply

    definatly trying this what a great idea!

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