You probably haven’t given washing your hair a lot of thought over the years.
You might have done some research before choosing your shampoo and conditioner. But you probably didn’t spend much time worrying about whether or not you were washing your hair the right way. Go with Teeanime for all your doubts!
Is there a right way to wash hair?
If you want the best results, you need to do more than just wet your hair, lather it up with shampoo, rinse it out, and do it again with conditioner.
Monica Davis, a professional hairstylist, says that if you wash your hair the right way, you won’t damage your hair or follicles. It will also keep you from hurting your scalp’s skin.
So, if you really want to take care of your scalp and hair, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Don’t worry, though, because we’re here to help.
Carefully consider what products you use
In other words, don’t choose your products based on how good they smell.
Pick the right shampoo for your hair type
If you don’t pick the right shampoo, you might end up doing more damage to your hair than good.
- If you have fine hair, you’ll want to use a gentle clarifying shampoo.
- If you have thick or coarse hair, look for something with moisturizing qualities.
- If you have color-treated hair, look for something color-safe that won’t strip your hair dye every time you wash it.
- For bleached hair, look for a clarifying shampoo to prevent unwanted yellow tones.
Don’t know what your hair looks like? You can always get help from your stylist.
Here’s a simple tip that might help: Roll a single strand of hair between your thumb and index finger. You have fine hair if you can barely see or feel it.
No matter what kind of hair you have, you probably want to stay away from shampoos with sulfates and silicones. Even though these ingredients may help your shampoo foam up and make your hair feel clean, they can dry out your hair in the long run. These ingredients take away the natural oils in your hair, making it more likely to break and look dull.
This is especially important if your hair is thin, dry, or prone to frizzing.
Some people, especially those with sensitive skin, can get a skin rash from sulfates. People with rosacea, eczema, or contact dermatitis might want to stay away from shampoos with sulfates because of this.
Try a co-wash
You can try co-washing your hair if it is dry or rough.
“Co-washing hair products are shampoos and conditioners that clean and moisturize your hair at the same time,” explains Davis. “Hair that is dry and rough is more likely to break, so a co-wash is a great way to fix it. Basic shampoos have more ingredients that make foam, while co-washes have more ingredients that condition hair.
Know that natural washes are fine
You can also try using common household items like apple cider vinegar and baking soda, as long as you mix them with water first. These products will clean your hair and help keep it from drying out.
Davis says that apple cider vinegar can help you “remove stubborn hair products, deep clean your hair and scalp, and even reduce mild scalp inflammation caused by dandruff” as long as you mix it with water first.
Find moisturizing conditioners and other optional products
Look for conditioners that add moisture to your hair to keep the ends from splitting or drying out.
You might also want to get a product to protect your hair after you wash it, especially if your hair tends to get frizzy, and a detangling product if your hair gets tangled a lot.
You will also need a good hairbrush that won’t break your hair as you use it.
Don’t wash your hair every day
Don’t wash your hair every day, or you’ll take away the natural oils that keep your hair healthy. This can damage and dry out your hair over time.
But, just like with shampoo, the best length of time to wash your hair depends a little on the type of hair you have.
If your hair is oily, you may need to wash it every two to three days. If your hair is dry, you may only need to wash it once or twice a week.
In either case, not washing your hair for a few days lets the natural oils in your hair do their job and keep your hair healthy.
Know your water type
Most people don’t give much thought to the water they use to wash their hair, but it can be important.
Minerals like calcium and magnesium can build up in hard water, leaving a film on your hair. This film can make it hard for your hair to get enough moisture.
Over time, hard water can make your hair dry and brittle, making it more likely to break. If the hard water irritates your scalp or if you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, it can even cause you to lose your hair.
Some celebrities are said to only wash their hair with bottled water because of this. This isn’t useful for the rest of us, of course.
Most of us don’t have much say over how many minerals are in the water that comes out of our showers. This is especially true if we rent our homes and leave it up to the landlord.
So, what do you do? If you own your home, you might want to get a water softener for the whole house. If you rent, you can install a water softener shower head, which uses carbon cartridges to remove excess minerals and clean your water in a cost-effective way.
You can also use clarifying shampoos and hair masks once or twice a week to fix hair damage caused by hard water.
“You can also lessen the effect by using conditioners that stay in your hair,” Davis says.
So, what are the correct hair washing steps to follow?
Here are some basic steps you should follow.
1. Wet your hair thoroughly
Don’t just start putting shampoo on your hair right away. Let your hair get completely wet instead.
Depending on how thick or dense your hair is, this could take longer than you think. So let the water run over your head for at least one minute, and then run your fingers through your hair to make sure it’s all wet, even the ends.
Davis says that letting lukewarm water soak your hair all the way through helps open the cuticles, making it easier for your hair to take in conditioner later.
2. Apply your shampoo
Remember that this shampoo should be for your hair type.
You also need to use the right amount of shampoo for your hair length. If you use too much, you might not get it all out, and if you use too little, you might not get it all out (your hair might not get a thorough cleanse).
If you have short hair, use about the size of a nickel’s worth of shampoo. For hair that is shoulder-length, think of a quarter. If your hair is long, you should squeeze out enough shampoo to cover your hand.
Mix the shampoo with a little water in the palm of your hand before you put it on your hair. “This way, you’ll lessen the shampoo’s direct effect on your scalp and use less of it,” says Davis.
Then, make sure to put shampoo on your scalp and crown as a whole. The tips of your hair don’t need much (if any) shampoo.
Davis says, “The truth is that you need to shampoo your scalp more than the ends of your hair.” “Only put shampoo on your scalp. When you rinse it out, the shampoo will clean the rest of your hair.”
3. Go easy on your scalp
It can be tempting to try to “loosen” buildup on your scalp by digging in with your nails, but this is a really bad idea.
Davis says, “Our scalps are very sensitive to rough washing.” “You should never scrub with your nails because it can cause serious irritation or even let infections in.”
Instead, take about 3 minutes to gently massage your scalp without using your nails. A stylist will use the same amount of pressure when they wash your hair and massage your scalp.
Davis says that when you massage shampoo into your scalp, you shouldn’t move in a circle or back and forth in a rough way. “Move your fingers and palms gently so you don’t damage the hair follicles by tangling them up.”
4. Rinse thoroughly
Rinse your hair for 1 to 2 minutes to make sure there is no soap left. One of the worst things people do is leave shampoo in their hair by accident, which causes buildup on the scalp.
If your hair is dry, you might try rinsing it with cold water, which makes hair stronger and healthier. The sebum layer of your hair, which keeps it strong and protects it, doesn’t get dry when you wash it with cold water.
5. Apply conditioner
You don’t need to put conditioner on your scalp because it might make things more oily. Instead, put the conditioner on your hair from the middle of the shaft to the ends.
Then, let it sit for the time it says to (usually found on the bottle). Some conditioners need to sit for 2 to 3 minutes, while others need 5 to 7 minutes. Leaving it for this long will soften and smooth your hair, which will make it shiner when it’s dry.
Don’t leave your conditioner in for too long, though, or it might be hard to get out and leave behind residue.
You can use a wide-tooth comb to untangle your hair while the conditioner soaks in.
6. Rinse again
Just like with shampoo, make sure you get it all out.
As soon as you get out of the shower, dry your hair with a towel. Don’t rub your hair dry. Instead, squeeze or pat it dry.
If you can, dry your hair with a microfiber towel or an old T-shirt. The more damage it can do to your hair, the rougher the fiber is.
You can also use a detangler or hair protectant after towel drying if you want to.
There is a right way to washing your hair, it turns out.
If you take the time to choose your products carefully, buy a water softener, wash your hair carefully and consistently every few days, or towel dry, you can help your hair stay stronger, healthier, and shiner.