Regardless of what products you use, most of us were taught to wash our hair the same way: shampoo (rinse, lather, rinse, repeat) then conditioner. And unless you’re a co-washer, doing anything but that probably seems a little strange.
But, hair-care brands have started rolling out lines that ask us to do the complete opposite: condition before shampooing. And, according to them, it’s a pretty easy trick to achieving a killer mane. “Conditioning before you shampoo is great for adding nourishment to fine hair without weighing it down,” says Nina Dimachki, artistic director for Kérastase. “It also promotes a longer lasting blowdry and primes the hair before cleansing, allowing shampoo to distribute easier and more evenly.”
Thin hair types aren’t the only ones to benefit from swapping their bottle order. Dimachki says hair that is highlighted, tangles easily after shampooing, or is prone to greasiness is also a prime candidate for a pre-shampoo conditioner.