How to wash your hair properly

Washing your hair can seem like a very easy task, but not everyone does it right. I certainly didn’t when I was younger.  I was guilty of using way too much shampoo to wash my hair, which caused it to become dry, itchy and flaky. Not to mention, rinsing it out was a real pain!

But now I know better. I only use a small quantity of shampoo and my hair feels and looks much better and my wallet is happier too as I don’t have to buy shampoo as often as I used to.

So, even though I’m sure most of you know how to wash your hair properly, I thought I’d put together this little guide for those of you who don’t know or aren’t sure they’re doing it right :

Step 1: first, wet your scalp with lukewarm water.

Step 2: apply only a very small amount of shampoo (about a quarter of a palm) on your palm and rub your hands together to distribute it evenly.

Step 3: rub the shampoo with your fingertips (never use your nails!) on your scalp and massage gently. Rinse it off completely working your fingertips through your hair while doing so.

Step 4: if your hair is very oily, or you have a lot of product build up, repeating steps 2 and 3 may be necessary.

Step 5: shampoos can strip moisture off your hair so using a conditioner afterwards is essential to restore it. Pour some on your palm and rub your hands together, just like you did with the shampoo. Now, apply it evenly and thoroughly your hair.

Step 6: rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your hair dry with a towel.

Do you have any tips you wanna share on how you wash your hair?

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  1. says

    I use a lot of shampoo, but I have a lot of hair. I rub it between my palms and distribute it on my scalp, the base of my neck and the hair at my temples, and then work up a lather, that way ensures that I get shampoo over all the areas of my hair, particularly the ones that get greasy for me.

    With conditioner, I start with it between my hands on my ends, then I go up an inch and comb down, I repeat this until I can get my fingers all the way through my hair, root to end, and the conditioner is brushed all the way through. I’ll leave it on while I see to other shower things and then rinse off.

    I read you should spend at least 2 minutes washing all hair product out at the end, and in water as cold as you can stand, so I normally turn the temperature down and wash it out for ages.
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  2. beautifulwithbrains says

    Anastasia: A quarter of a palm is the recommended amount and it works fine for me, but if you have a lot of hair and the shampoo doesn’t dry it out, there’s no harm using more.
    But with conditioner, leaving it on is not really necessary. I know istructions on products say to leave it on for several minutes, but once you distribute the conditioner evenly through your hair (which may take a few minutes), you can rinse it out without waiting. That’s because conditioners only coat the surface of the hair but they can’t penetrate it. So, letting it soak in is not necessary, although it won’t harm hair either. Only oil-type products that contain ingredients like coconut oil, which can actually penetrate hair need time to sink in.
    Washing hair with cold water helps close the cuticles which can help the sebaceous glands produce less oil and make your hair shiny too. But I can’t really stand cold water and lukewarm water works ok too. I guess it mostly depends on your hair type and your personal preference.

    Anastacia: I sometimes brush my hair before washing it. But doing it while washing is ok too, if done gently. It stimulates the circulation in the scalp and detangles hair :)

    Dao: I usually avoid conditioner near my roots cos I noticed that tends to weight my hair, which is already very flat, down. But as long as it’s not applied on the roots, it’s fine. :)

  3. Doutzen says

    Just came across this post. Certain conditioner ingredients are shown to penetrate the hair better than others. If an ingredient has hydrolyzed protein, coconut oil, or avocado oil then is certainly can penetrate the hair. Various studies have shown this. So, depending on how long a treatment is left on the hair and whether or not heat is used during the treatment (to life the cuticle) the product can/should be left on to the desired length to reach the desired effect. I really do not believe in deep conditioning longer than 15-20 minutes. It’s a pain and a waste of time after 20 mins.


    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Doutzen, thank you for your comment. You are right, certain ingredients can penetrate hair and if you keep them on hair for long, they provide some benefits. But other conditioners, like those that contain silicones, can just be washed right away as they just coat the hair but can’t penetrate it.

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