reverse shampooing

A fibromylagia flare up can even make getting out of bed difficult. Sometimes everything other than what’s absolutely necessary goes out the window. It just has to. It can honestly get that bad. And on the days where you have a little more energy, the last thing you want to do is waste it on something basic like washing your hair. I’d rather be using it for something far more enjoyable. Maybe it’s just me, but washing my hair is something I hate. It is so time consuming for me! My routine has been as follows- shampoo, rinse, repeat then condition my hair and rinse again. Once out I have the option of letting my hair air dry in summer but now we are into winter this can result in hours upon hours of walking around with wet, damp hair. Not good! So my options are to either spend 30mins blow drying my hair with a diffuser or blasting it for 10/15 mins with the hair dryer and then straightening it for a further 10/15 mins to make it look somewhat presentable. That’s a lot of time and effort! I can often be found crashed out on the bed trying to recoup some energy afterwards. I was going through this necessary evil once every two days then managed to push it to three. Dry shampoo became my best friend but after three days my hair looked and felt disgusting. When I feel like hell, the last thing I want is to look like it too. I figure if I can do anything to make myself feel better in any way then I will. So I always push myself to get washed and that includes my hair when it needs it (if I can manage to do it).


I recently dyed my hair using Special Effects Pimpin’ Purple and Virgin Rose. As these are semi-permanent hair colours, I really want to wash my hair as little as often so the colours last. I’ve tried just using conditioner and no shampoo at all in the past but I was still doing this relatively frequently. Well I discovered a little trend that’s happening that has not only saved me time in the shower but also means I don’t have to wash it quite as often- reverse shampooing! It is the accepted norm to shampoo and then condition the hair. Reverse shampooing is simply, as the name suggests, doing the reverse; conditioning the hair and then shampooing it. I was skeptical! Surely shampooing your hair after conditioning it would remove all the benefits of the conditioner?

The theory is that when you condition your hair, there is residue left over that isn’t removed through rinsing. By using shampoo afterwards, you remove this residue. Well whatever the theory, I found my hair was lovely and manageable and I didn’t need to go near the dry shampoo until day 5! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go the whole week with only one wash but it’s better than having to wash my hair every three days. I’m now conditioning my hair as I normally would first and then following that up with a tiny bit of shampoo. I am only shampooing once and doing the top of my head around the roots and completely leaving my lengths. So it’s less effort to wash it, it takes a bit less time and I am having to wash it far less often- win!

Will you try reverse shampooing?


Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.


  1. This is most interesting as I have fibro and a muscle disorder which weakens the upper muscles in the arms making hair washing very tiring. (Sometimes I am tempted to take a razor to my hair but vanity gets me!) I am definately trying this reverse shampoo idea, thanks. I love your hair and colour – just beautiful.

  2. Thank you lee. I hope it helps you. I have been there with the whole wanting to shave your hair off! Thankfully with this I am able to go 6 days without washing 🙂

  3. I so need to try this! As I just said on Facebook I struggle a lot and at the moment it’s due a wash! I can’t get on with dry shampoo as it hurts my arms doing it and then makes it harder to wash I found. I keep thinking about cutting it all off, that’s how frustrated I’m getting! So I’ll give this a go next time!
    Emma Xx

    • Haha yes hats are great! That’s one of the benefits of autumn/winter– can just stick a woolly hat on and hide the mess 🙂 Thank you, I no longer have this colour of hair and part of me really misses it but it was tough to upkeep.

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