6 Tips For Washing Your Hair

This post may seem silly to some of you. After all, we all know how to wash our hair, right? We all do it several times a week, if not daily. Well, that may be true, but sometimes we acquire some bad habits that are bad for our hair without even realising the damage they are regularly inflicting on it! And if we don’t know what we’re doing wrong, we can’t fix it. So, here are a few tips on how to take good care of your hair when you wash it:

1. Detangle!

This is particularly important for those who, like me, have hair that tangles easily. Combing it before shampooing will, in fact, remove all the knots, making it easier to wash. In addition, some knots may form during washing and, if you have removed the ones you already had, combing hair will be a lot easier and a lot less painful!

2. Let it all hang down

Some people pile their hair on top of their head to wash it. This is very bad as it will just turn your hair into a tangled mess! Instead, let it hang straight down to minimize knots. If that’s not possible (like when you wash it in the kitchen or bathroom sink, which makes hair more prone to knots as well), avoid at least to pile your hair on top of your head.

3. Clean the scalp

You should use shampoo on your scalp only. Distribute it and massage it well with your fingertips. You can divide your hair into two or four sections if that makes it easier for you to clean your scalp thoroughly.

4. Don’t overwash

Unless you have very oily hair or are exercising daily, then you probably don’t need to wash your hair every day. If you do so, you risk stripping too much natural oil from your locks, which will dry them out and give them a dull and lackluster appearance. For the same reason, you probably don’t need to lather, rinse, repeat either. Doing it once will be more than enough.

5. Reduce drying time

After washing your hair, blot it with a dry towel. It will absorb excess moisture, reducing your drying time. This, in turn, means that you will spend less time blowdrying your locks, also reducing the damage heat inflicts on them. So, if you’re washing your hair in the shower, towel dry your hair first and then the rest of your body, or, in alternative, use two separate towels. And don’t rub your hair with the towel as that may cause damage and even breakage.

6. Comb wet hair with a wide tooth comb

Hair is at its most fragile when wet and so needs to be treated very gently. That’s why you should use a wide tooth comb to comb through it. It will glide though it easily, without pulling nor tugging, thus reducing damage to hair strands and preventing splits and breaks.

I hope these tips will help you make hair washing a more enjoyable and tangle-free experience!

Do you have any more tips on how to wash your hair?

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  1. Janessa says

    If you have scented shampoo that leaves your hair smelling pretty, use that after your regular shampoo so you don’t waste it (or if a regular shampoo works better and you just like the scent).
    I have a LUSH play-doh product and I melt it in about 30 mL of hot to warm water before my shower. Then I shampoo once and rinse, I pour this yummy scent on my hair and let it sit for a minute before rinsing with warm water.
    Tip: Use a lightly scented conditioner so it doesn’t affect the fragrance (mine is slightly minty with no other scent). Rinse conditioner off with cool water and your hair smells yummy! 😀

    If you use a lot of hair products over the few days you don’t wash your hair or you just need to get rid of product build-up, leave in a hot oil in your hair for a few minutes and then shower. It will dissolve all the silicones and other buildup.

  2. says

    Finally! Someone who understands what I’ve been doing almost all my life! I’ve always had long hair, in fact at the moment it’s waist lenght (I have to go for a cut but no time yet), it’s super thick and I always only wash my scalp. I keep telling people that when you rince, “on it’s way down” the shampoo does it’s job at removing dirt from the lenghts but they don’t seem to get it.

    Have you read about the Goody comb? It helps cut down the time needed to dry your hair, it’s great! I read about it on Daily Beauty and wrote an entry about it:
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Icaria, I agree. The shampoo will wast the rest of the hair on its way down so no point in washing that as well. It may actually dry out the lengths even more if you do.

      And that comb sounds awesome! :)

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