How to PROPERLY wash your hair



You might skip over this post on “How to properly wash your hair”, thinking this is too basic for you and that you are far more advanced with your hair care, but you may be making some simple mistakes.

It’s easy to forget the correct way to do something when you are so used to it and have developed bad habits.

Everybody’s hair is different, but here are a few easy-to-follow tips to take better care of your hair, especially in the upcoming holiday season.

1. Don’t over-wash your hair. Most people don’t need to wash their hair every day. If you do, it could be because you are using the wrong products for your hair and scalp type.

2. Only apply shampoo to your scalp and massage gently. Don’t pile your hair on top and scrub it, as this will only create knots. Work the shampoo gently down to the ends of your hair and rinse thoroughly.

3. Forget about lather, rinse and repeat. It’s just a brilliant marketing idea to make you use more shampoo. You only need to shampoo once – unless you haven’t washed it in over a week.

4. Use a clarifying shampoo once in a while But you really like that “clean” feeling when you wash your hair twice, right? If you use a lot of silicone or wax products, try washing with a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month instead of your normal shampoo.

5. Curly-haired girls, you may want to consider skipping the shampoo entirely. Sounds strange I know but curly hair is often very dry, and washing with conditioner alone will freshen your hair without drying it out. I know a girl who cut out shampoo for 4 months and it definitely works for her. If you are a gym addict, or sweat regularly, I would recommend a gentle shampoo with no sulphate.

6. Stop applying conditioner to your roots. Ever have an itchy scalp after washing your hair? Stop applying conditioner to your roots. Start from the mid-lengths and really condition the ends of your hair. Gently comb through and allow it to work for at least a minute, the longer the better.

7. Rinse your hair in cold water. Make sure you remove all your conditioner and finish with cold water. This is tough in the winter, I know, you don’t have to use freezing water, but a cool rinse of water will close the cuticle and seal in the moisture to each strand. It’s ok to shampoo your hair in hot water but finish it always with a cold rinse. Next time you see your hairstylist, don’t forget to remind them. 

8. Never brush your hair when it’s wet. Instead use a wide comb to gently smooth your hair. If you choose to be stubborn and do it anyway, use the WET BRUSH at least. It is much gentler on your hair, and is made specifically to brush hair while it’s wet.  

9. Ease off with the towel drying. Don’t rub your hair with a towel, you’ll only cause damage and make your hair look dull. Instead gently squeeze out the excess moisture and allow to air dry. Using a good quality blow dryer is essential. Watch the video below about this new blow dryer I got. You will fall in love with it, and I am able to get it at an amazing price for the holiday season only!  

10. Don’t forget the treatment! Hair masks are essential if you use hot tools or colour your hair. Even if you don’t you will still appreciate the moisture a mask brings. Normally this is applied between shampoo and conditioner, but in my opinion, if you get a good quality hair mask, conditioner is not needed. I find that a lot of my clients tend to leave the mask on while they’re running some house chores, which is a great idea. Just don’t forget to rinse it out. You can find my favorite hair masks HERE.

Wishing you Happy and Safe holidays… 

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