How To Wash Hair Properly? Here Are Some Things You Didn’t Know About
Thought that washing your hair is a banal thing to talk about? Think again.
Although we’ve all been washing our hair since we had any hair to speak of, the truth is that we’re not all the master hair washers we’d like to think we are. Stuck in routines we’ve had since childhood, it’s likely that many of us are still making the same mistakes we made back then.
After, all old habits die slowly – if at all!
Why is all this important? Because if you aren’t washing your hair properly, your mane isn’t as healthy and as glowing as it really could be. And if you’re like most girls, your hair will be one of your favourite assets.
For a better hair care routine, let’s take a look at how to wash hair properly, including mistakes you need to iron out.
Soak Your Hair
Do you soak your hair? If you don’t, now is the time to start soaking.
Before you apply your shampoo, I suggest that you first rinse your hair for a minute. Then, soak it in water for around another minute or two.
You should always soak your hair in lukewarm water, as hot water can make your hair dry.
What are the benefits of soaking? The number one benefit is that it opes up the pores of your scalp.
Never Over Wash
If you wash your hair more than three times a week, you’re washing it too much.
You might think that only washing it two or three times a week is gross, but it’s actually the sensible thing to do if you want better looking, healthier hair.
There is no need to wash your hair each day. If you insist that there is, try and find hair expert who agrees with you. I can tell you now that there aren’t any!
You Also Don’t Need To Lather, Rinse And Repeat
If you wash your hair almost every day of the week, you probably also think that it’s gross not to lather, rinse and repeat when it comes to shampooing.
Again, it isn’t gross – it’s sensible.
Why? Because there is no need to use so much shampoo!
In fact, probably the only good reason I can think of that we’re told to use so much shampoo is because the shampoo companies want us to keep buying more of their products.
Rinse With Cold Water
Oh gosh, raise your hand if you rinse with warm or even hot water. I reckon a good 80% of you just raised your hand (at least mentally – I know it’s a bit weird to raise your hand in front of the screen!).
Rinsing with warm or hot water is a bad idea. Instead, you should always try to rinse with cold water. In fact, I can’t think of a circumstance when you wouldn’t rinse with cold water.
Why is this? Removing shampoo and conditioner with cold water is more effective because it seals in the moisture in your strands and also closes the cuticles.
If I was to choose my favourite hair washing technique on this list, it would be this one.
Don’t Rub Too Harshly
If you’re not in a hurry, you should towel dry your hair. BUT you should not rub your scalp too hard.
Why? Because rubbing your head too harshly after washing in a bid to get your hair to dry quicker can easily cause breakage. In time, it can cause your mane to look very dull indeed.
I think most of us are guilty of rubbing our head too harshly, and this might be something you need to work on. Take your time and be gentle to your hair. Don’t rush, have a bit of patience.
This is a really important tip that you shouldn’t avoid.
Be Very Careful With Wet Hair
Wet hair is vey fragile, and thus prone to more breakage than dry hair. As such, you have to be extra careful in the first few minutes after washing.
I always wait until my hair is dry before I brush. You don’t have to wait until it’s completely dry, but hair that is more dry than it is wet is stronger, and will be less vulnerable to being damaged.
If You Have Long Hair, Don’t Shampoo The Ends
Why should you not shampoo the ends if you have long hair? Because your roots need more shampoo. The reason? Because that’s where most of your oils are.
Oil Before You Shampoo
Sorry mom, but I have to call you out on this one. Because although my grandma told me to always oil before shampooing, my mom said it was a load of baloney and never applied oil.
As such, neither did I.
However, I now know that my grandma was right all along. Shout out to the expert!
It’s a very good idea to apply oil to your scalp at least two hours before you wash. I suggest using an oil such as mustard, olive or coconut.
Why should you oil? Because oil counters the harsh ingredients found in shampoo that can strip your hair strands of their essential oils, leaving them looking rather unhealthy!
Always Wash In Room Temperature
If you wash with hot water in a hot shower, you could doing untold damage to your hair. As good as it might feel, it just isn’t very sensible.
Although washing your hair in room temperature might not sound very appealing, it is the right thing to do.
Detangling is definitely something many of us don’t do.
You should always aim to detangle your locks during the shampooing process – before you wash your hair.
Why? Because when you detangle, you essentially are easing the hair knots. When your hair is wet, it is is a LOT harder to detangle. This is because wet hair has been weakened, and is thus more fragile.
I suggest that you divide your hair into four sections for easier detangling.
How to wash hair properly? What are your best tips?