How to Wash Your Hair Properly

If you wash your hair too often or don’t wash it throughout, it will become dirty more frequently. So, how to wash your hair properly?

While some women need to wash their hair daily in order to keep it clean, there are others who only require washing it once a week. This mainly depends on the type of hair and scalp: thicker hair and a moderately dry scalp will remain clean for a longer period, unlike thinner hair on a greasy scalp, which gets dirty much sooner.

The health of your hair and the way it looks, greatly depends on the washing ritual. A proper hair washing ritual is the first step to a shiny, healthy and good-looking hair. If your hair hasn’t been washed thoroughly, there will be leftover gunk, while using too much shampoo can dry your hair extensively. In both cases, you will have to wash your hair again in a short period of time. The right choice of shampoo and hair care products, as well as a proper hair washing ritual, can increase the time in-between washing, and still preserve the health and shine of your hair.

1. Before each shampooing, comb out your hair carefully to untangle the small knots you don’t even notice and remove the dust and remains of hair spray, gel or mousse you use to style your hair.

2. Choosing a quality shampoo and the right one for your hair type is very important. Below you can find a list of our favorite shampoos. Also, don’t be disappointed if your shampoo doesn’t produce a lot of foam. That doesn’t make it a bad shampoo, quite the contrary, too much foam can dry and weaken the hair.

3. After completely soaking your hair with warm water, rub a little shampoo on your palm. You only need a small amount that fits in the shampoo lid or is roughly the size of an almond or a walnut, depending on your hair length. Mix the shampoo in your palm with a little warm water and then distribute it on your hair.

4. Gently massage the skin on the scalp for several minutes, using the soft tips of your fingers and making circular movements. Don’t use too much pressure and be careful not to scratch your scalp with your nails as scraping off scalp can sometimes lead to dandruff.

5. Rinse your hair thoroughly with moderately warm water. Take care that the water stream is not too strong.

6. If you have applied the shampoo properly and rinsed it thoroughly, you probably won’t need to wash your hair twice. If, however, your hair was too greasy before washing or had a lot of styling products on it, it is better to shampoo it one more time, to ensure a truly clean hair.

7. After you have thoroughly rinsed the shampoo, apply a conditioner or a nourishing hair mask to your hair. If you have dry hair, distribute it evenly with a comb all over your hair. If you have greasy hair, avoid applying the hair mask or conditioner on your scalp and apply it only on the ends or on the hair below your ears. For greasy hair, add a little apple vinegar to the last rinsing water, which will give your hair some shine and remove the extra grease.

8. After you’ve let the conditioner or hair mask on your hair for as long as it said on the packaging, rinse it out completely. Finish your washing ritual by rinsing your hair with cold water, which will add shine to your hair. It will, also, close the pores and prevent your hair to become oily too quickly.

9. Wrap your hair in a towel and softly dry it out. Wet hair is very easy to damage with brusque towel drying. Once your hair dries up a bit, brush it through with slow movements and style it in the desired shape.

Recommended Shampoos by Hair Type

For All Hair Types

» Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

For Dry Hair

» John Frieda Root Awakening Hydrate + Nourish Shampoo
» Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care With Almond Oil Dandruff Shampoo

For Greasy Hair

» NaturOli EXTREME Hair Soap Nut Sulfate Free Shampoo 
» Degrease Moisture Control Shampoo for Oily, Itchy & Greasy Hair By Maple Holistics

 

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