Wash Your Hair Backwards
It's an intriging idea, but actually – once you think about it – it's quite logical (I'll get into the logical part in a minute). I had to give it a try, and my (fine, straight and short) hair really loved this method.
Here's how I did it.
Start by applying about a half a teaspoon of sweet almond or jojoba oil and distribute the oil as evenly as possible. Give your scalp a gentle massage while distributing the oil. Leave this for a few minutes, then rinse.
Now, apply hair conditioner. (I used my own Leave-in conditioner). Let sit for a few minutes, then rinse.
Wash your hair using your preferred shampoo. I used one I am working on at the moment (a gentle, geranium shampoo). Rinse.
4. Final Rinse
This is my 'little extra' addition to the equation. I've done this for years and it leaves my hair silky soft. Finish by rinsing your hair with a mineral-free infusion. I used my Rosemary Final Rinse, but you can do a similar kind of rinse by making an infusion using distilled water. Use rosemary and/or lavender for dark hair, chamomile and/or lavender for light hair. (If you don't want to use preservatives, don't make more than you will use over a 2-day period, and be sure to store the rinse in the refrigerator)
Why Does This Method Work?
The application of oil has a twofold function: Oil attracts dirt, so the initial application helps to loosen dirt. The massage both calms and stimulates the scalp, assisting the oil to nourish your hair and scalp. The conditioner helps to 'loosen' the oil. The hair and scalp will absorb whatever nourishment they need from the oils and the shampoo removes the superfluous oil, taking the dirt with it.
If this all sounds.. well, backwards, then all I can say is, give it a go and see if it works for you. I'm betting you'll be surprised at how long it takes until you feel your hair needs washing again.
Thanks to Anette at Beautyspace for the inspiration!
So, what do you think? Is this all completely backwards or does it sound like something you'd try?