Did you know that there is a right and wrong way to wash your hair? With all the writing on shampoo bottles, no one ever tells you about the correct way in any of the instructions which can be very confusing to consumers. Well look no further because we’re here to help you! Here are the steps we recommend to most of our clients for hair washing day!
Step 1: Comb your hair
Before you get into the shower, take a wide tooth comb and comb through your hair before getting into the shower. When hair is wet it is in its most fragile state, so combing hair before stepping into the shower will help you in all of the next steps.
Step 2: Turn the water DOWN
Ok, hear us out. We understand a hot shower is amazing and is something we can look forward to, but it’s destroying your hair. Hot water not only can dry out your hair causing breakage and frizz, but it can also lead to hair loss! You head it right, hot water can open up your hair follicles too much, which can increase breakage from the root and weaken the follicle, which will lead to increased fall out.
Step 3: Thoroughly wet your hair
If there is not enough water in your hair your shampoo will not lather enough. Before adding shampoo, make sure your hair is completely wet. We recommend spending at least a good couple of minutes just letting the water absorb as much water as possible.
Step 4: Shampoo
When going to shampoo your hair, watch how much product you’re using. Professional products are highly concentrated and therefore, we use much less product. Start with a quarter size amount (less if you have short hair or very fine hair) and activate the product by rubbing your hands together. Once you’ve done that, shampoo only your scalp. Shampoo is meant to remove the buildup of products and oil, but when used on your midshaft and ends it can lead to dryness. Focus on applying the product strictly to the scalp and scrub with either the tips of your fingers or a shampoo brush. Avoid using your fingernails so you don’t cause any abrasions.
Step 5: Shampoo again!
You read that right, it’s not just a scam. Lather, rinse and repeat is for real. If you’ve ever noticed that your shampoo does not have enough suds during your first wash, that means you have too much buildup in your hair. The first wash removes the bulk of the grime, where the second wash ensures that your hair and scalp is cleansed.
Step 6: Condition
Now, this is where the steps can change depending on what day of the week it is. We do recommend adding a deep conditioner to your routine, but this only needs to be done about once a week. Now opposite of shampoo, conditioner is only applied to midshaft and ends. Ring out the water from your hair and apply a quarter size amount of conditioner (again, less for short or fine hair). A tip to make sure you’re putting the product in the right place is to pretend you’re putting your hair into a low ponytail, everything from your hand up gets shampoo and your hand down gets conditioner. If you’re prone to tangles, you can use a wide tooth comb in the shower to work the conditioner through and remove any tangles before getting out of the shower. Let the conditioner set for at least 3 minutes, so that it can help lower the PH level of your hair back to normal. And yes, EVERYONE should be using conditioner after every shampoo.
Step 7: Drying hair
First, make sure you are using the correct towel. Cotton is very abrasive and can cause breakage and frizz. We highly recommend using a microfiber towel. Then SQUEEZE the moisture out. Aggressively rubbing your hair is what can cause damage and makes it much harder for when you go to brush it out. Remember, wet hair is very fragile and needs to be gently taken care of in order to be as healthy as possible.
And there you have it guys, the easy break down of the proper way to wash your hair. Did any of these things surprise you? Are you guilty of incorrectly washing? Let us know if you learned anything new!