What’s the Proper Order to Use Shampoo and Conditioner?

What’s the Proper Order to Use Shampoo and Conditioner?

Is shampooing before conditioning a better way to wash your hair?

Reverse shampooing, also known as pre-wash conditioning, is a unique hair washing method that involves applying conditioner before shampoo. Before applying conditioner, most people wash their hair, scrub it, and rinse any excess product. Shampooing eliminates dirt and oil from hair, but it can make it rough, frizzy, and difficult to manage. It is thought that using conditioner after shampooing will help with this problem - which is typically the order in which most people wash and condition their hair. 


However, while this method is still recommended for most hair types and situations, there may be a few instances when reverse shampooing offers notable benefits. It never hurts to try something new, and this new way of shampooing your hair last may help you achieve healthier-looking hair.


Shampoo And Conditioner – What Is The Difference?

Simply put, shampoo acts as a cleanser. Surfactants and foaming agents are substances found in shampoo that help you get rid of oil, sweat, grime, product buildup, and pollutants from your hair and scalp.

Conditioners, on the other hand, are quite different from their shampoo counterparts. Most conditioners are made with natural oils, proteins, and botanical extracts that help you maintain soft, lustrous, and smooth hair. Once rinsed, they leave a thin coating on your hair to protect it from weather and other elements.


The Traditional Method

Most of us use shampoo before conditioners to clean our hair. We then apply conditioner after the shampoo is rinsed out to put moisture back into our strands. Here is how it usually goes:


  1. Using warm, not hot, water, saturate your hair.
  2. In the palm of your hand, squirt a small amount of shampoo.
  3. Massage it into your scalp until it foams up.
  4. Completely rinse your hair and scalp.
  5. Using your hand, squirt a small bit of conditioner.
  6. Massage it into your hair's length, avoiding the scalp.
  7. Allow 3-5 minutes for the conditioner to moisturizer the hair.
  8. Thoroughly rinse your hair.


How often you wash your hair is just as important as how you wash it. Those more prone to oily strands may have to wash more frequently.


When To Use Conditioner Before Shampoo

If your hair feels limp, flat, or oily after conditioning, using conditioner before shampoo may be beneficial. There doesn't appear to be any harm in trying either way if you think it would work for you, and the steps are fairly simple.


  1. Work conditioner into your hair.
  2. Without rinsing out your conditioner, apply shampoo to your hair and scrub and later.
  3. Rinse out both products at the same time.


Those who prefer this method of hair washing sometimes point out that the shampoo distributes more evenly, the hair is more protected while washing, and the conditioner acts as a primer for the shampoo.

No matter which method you choose for your hair, it is crucial to have the right products. PUUR Ingrid’s Wash Duet and Moist Recovery are both 100% natural hair products with key ingredients like açai and rice bran oil to add shine and thickness to your locks!

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