Have You Been Washing Your Hair the Right Way?

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The question may sound a little silly, but have you ever wondered what the hairdresser does differently that makes your hair just perfect every time you leave the salon? If you’ve never managed to achieve the same effect yourself, you’re probably doing something wrong while washing your hair.

There’s more to washing your hair than you’d think! Hairdressers know this and they want to keep you coming back, so they do their best to make your hair look and feel amazing. And they do it every time. Time to find out how!

Girl at hairdresser's washing hair

Learn the tricks of your hairdresser and have amazing looking and feeling hair just by washing it the right way.

There are some common mistakes that people make washing their hair, so check if you’re doing any of the below:

  1. Washing your hair too often. When you wash your hair too often, you’ll dry out your scalp and actually start to produce more and more oil to compensate for the heavy washing.
  2. Washing your hair with boiling hot water. As appealing as a hot steamy shower is, it’s actually bad for your hair. Very high temperatures will dry out your hair and make it seem lifeless. Water fades color because of the chlorine and minerals in it. Hot water will fade color faster.
  3. Scrubbing your scalp with your nails. We know, this feels amazing, just like that steamy shower, but it’s actually another common mistake. You shouldn’t massage your scalp vigorously using your nails. This causes those flyaways, frizz, and minuscule tangles. It’s very important how you wash your hair at the root because healthy hair begins at the scalp. And it isn’t as dirty as you think. There’s no need to be violent.
  4. Using the wrong shampoo for your hair type. Many people think that it’s not very important to find the right shampoo for their hair type since it’ll be rinsed out fast. This is the wrong attitude. You wouldn’t get the extra-moisturizing face cream if you had oily skin, would you? The same rules apply to hair types and shampoos. You need to identify your hair type and pick the shampoo that’ll suit your needs the best.
  5. Using too much shampoo. If you tend to use more shampoo than needed, you are probably already in trouble. When the shampoo does its job of removing the oil and dirt from your hair, it will continue to strip away the essential oils and lipids that prevent hair breakage and dryness. Fairly kind shampoos are the ones labeled moisturizing, color-protecting, and curl-enhancing.
  6. Conditioning hair immediately after rinsing. This can prevent your hair from soaking up the moisture from the conditioner. If there’s excess water, it’ll dilute the conditioner and minimize its effects.
  7. Rinsing out conditioner too soon. You shouldn’t apply the conditioner the same way you are applying the shampoo. And unlike the shampoo, you need to leave it in for a while. Yes, patience is a virtue.
  8. Paying no attention to post-wash rituals. What you do with your hair when you’re out of the shower is just as important as washing it the right way. If you want your hair to have a healthy shine, pat dry with a towel (no rubbing!) and put some protectant in. This is even more important if you plan on using a hot tool. Another thing you need to know is that your hair needs to be completely dry before applying heat from a curling or flat iron. If your hair is damp, you can severely damage it with hot tools.

Now that you’ve learned what the most common mistakes are, we ask you again. Have you really been washing your hair the right way? Heck, everyone enjoys those long, hot, steamy showers. And who has the time to wait five minutes before rinsing out the conditioner?

These mistakes are the exact reason that our hair isn’t at its top performance. Whether you have identified yourself as a big sinner or you only make one or few of these mistakes washing your hair, read on to find out how to do it properly.

  1. Choose the right shampoo and the right conditioner for your hair type. For example, people with oily hair should get purifying shampoos and avoid the moisturizing and hydrating ones. You can also use a light clarifying shampoo from time to time. Just don’t use it too often because it will dry out your scalp. On the other hand, if you have dry or coarse hair, you need to try a smoothing, moisturizing shampoo. For fine hair, pick the gentle formula and only use small amounts of shampoo. Use a moisturizing or color-protecting conditioner with argan oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil for extra hydration.

    Lots of shampoos

    The right shampoo is half the job done.

  2. Give your hair a good soak using warm water. An ideal temperature for washing your hair hasn’t been established yet, but keeping it cooler will benefit your hair in the long run. If you usually shower with hot water, try lowering the temperature at least a little bit to help your hair preserve the natural moisture. Make sure to get your hair completely wet, and pay special attention to the back of your head because most oil and dirt collects at the scalp. Lift your hair at the roots to soak it well.
  3. Get a little shampoo in your hands and make some nice foam. The amount of shampoo you should be using is about the size of a quarter, but most people use at least twice as much. Rub the shampoo in your palms and add a splash of water to lather it.

    Coin-size shampoo and girl washing hair

    This quantity is enough to make good foam and wash your hair thoroughly.

  4. Apply the shampoo starting at the top of your head and continue towards your neck and all the way along the hairline.
  5. Massage gently with your fingertips. Applying minimal pressure and gently massaging your scalp will do the trick. You will usually need two rounds of gentle shampooing. The first round is simply to eliminate build-up. Make small circular motions to loosen skin flakes, natural oils, and any residue left over from applying styling products. Make sure to distribute the shampoo evenly.
  6. Rinse thoroughly and repeat the shampooing. Repeating after rinsing might not be necessary if your hair isn’t very thick or long.
  7. Before conditioning, give your hair a few gentle squeezes. This will eliminate any excess water and prevent diluting the hair conditioner.
  8. Apply the conditioner. When applying the hair conditioner, start mid-shaft and continue downwards all the way to the ends. Be generous with it and use long, fluid motions. Then get a wide-tooth comb and detangle your hair. Note: you should never apply conditioner to your scalp or anywhere near the roots.

    Girl applying hair conditioner

    Give your hair a few squeezes and then apply conditioner.

  9. Leave it in for five to seven minutes. You can wrap your hair in a towel during this time.
  10. Now go on and rinse the conditioner. Don’t leave it in any longer than that because if you do, there will be some residue left that you won’t be able to wash out.
  11. Dry your hair with a towel and treat with a protectant. If you plan on using a hot tool, first make sure that your hair is absolutely dry. There’s a wide range of products that protect your hair against the heat and give it additional moisture and shine.

    Girl with towel on her head

    Dry with a towel and remember, no applying hot tools until your hair is completely dry!

  12. Don’t wash your hair too often. Professional stylists and hairdressers say that one of the main problems with the younger generations, especially among women, is that they’re washing their hair way too often. There’s absolutely no need to wash your hair every day! For most hair types, the recommendation is to wash the hair no more than three times a week.

At the beginning of this, you were probably a bit skeptical and maybe even your pride was a little hurt. What do you mean am I washing my hair the right way?!

While it may seem that washing our hair is a no-brainer, the truth is far from this. We’ve learned that there are many things to think about, starting from choosing the right shampoo and conditioner based on your hair type, and concluding with a post-wash routine. All these tips are absolutely reliable and verified as they have come from professional hairdressers with many years of experience.

We know that old habits die hard so you’ll probably continue to enjoy long, steamy showers. We all need that sometimes. However, we are certain that when you remember the main points, you’ll try applying some of these tips in your routine and we promise that you’ll be satisfied with the results. Just avoid the common mistakes and follow our tips. Your hair will regain a beautiful, healthy shine in no time and you’ll be amazed how beautiful it can become with proper care!

Girl with black beautiful hair

Follow our tips and your hair will look like in commercials.

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