Regardless of what products we use, most of us were taught to wash our hair the same way: shampoo (rinse, lather, rinse, repeat) then conditioner. And unless we're a co-washer, doing anything but that probably seems a little strange.
Conditioning before shampoo is great for adding nourishment to fine hair without weighing it down. It also promotes a longer lasting blow dry 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. Hair that is highlighted, tangles easily after shampooing, or is prone to greasiness is also a prime candidate for a pre-shampoo conditioner.
There are some best practices to keep in mind if we're going to start this regimen. While we'd typically only use our conditioners from our ears down post shampoo.
To saturate all our hair from root-to-tip if we're conditioning before you cleanse.
Extra hydration sans-weight is never a bad thing, but it's especially amazing in the summer when our hair takes a hell of a beating.
Applying a conditioner before washing coats our hair cuticles with protection. Once rinsed, the coating left behind acts as a primer for our hair. This coating helps shampoo spread more evenly, leading to less product build-up. The shampoo will wash away the heaviness of the conditioner but won't reverse the hydrating benefits and glossy finish.