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How to Wash Your Hair Properly

Are You Washing Your Hair the Right Way?

We all wash our hair, but did you know there's a right way to cleanse your strands in the shower? Learning how to properly wash your hair will have a tremendous impact on the bounce and brilliance of your locks. While most hairdressers recommend about a five-minute wash three to four times a week, we're willing to bet that most of you do something more like a one-minute wash, if that! Frederic Fekkai, Ted Gibson, and Leonor Greyl all believe that healthy hair requires proper maintenance and begins with a healthy scalp. They are all also huge believers in the cool rinse. Learn the proper steps to hair washing when you keep reading.

Step 1: Begin by brushing your hair before you get into the shower. Not only with this help reduce the amount of hairs that get caught in your drain, but it will also reduce breakage as well as stimulate circulation in your scalp.

Step 2: Wet your hair thoroughly, and apply a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo to the palm of your hand. Start by lathering hair at the roots and working your way down.

Step 3: If you hair is long, you might need to add some more shampoo. Once you think your hair is fully lathered and you are ready to rinse, think again. Start giving yourself a good two-minute scalp massage with your fingertips. Gently massage your head in circular motions and lift hair from time to time from the roots. After about every 20 seconds, add just a little bit more water to your hands, and work it into your hair. What you are doing is emulsifying your shampoo so that it can reach its potential and improving scalp circulation.

Step 4: Now comes the time to rinse away all of the grimy residue in your hair that you didn't even know could accumulate so quickly. To begin, set your water to more of a lukewarm temperature, and rinse your hair out until it starts to squeak!

Step 5: Once your hair is completely cleansed, you can go back and add conditioner to the midlengths of your hair to the ends. This will help detangle hair, hydrate damaged ends, and even make your hair easier to manage. Don't forget to rinse with cool water to seal the cuticles.

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Dani15075817 Dani15075817 3 years
CAUTION: This could make your hair fall out! I believe it's due to the sulfates in most shampoos. I was washing my hair this way for years with no problems, but I was using a mostly organic, natural, sulfate-free shampoo. A few months ago, I switched to a shampoo that contains sulfates due to budget constraints. I couldn't figure out why my hair had been falling out in clumps for months. When I used this shampoo as a teen, I never experienced this problem. Well, I also wasn't doing this massage technique. So I was browsing Amazon the other day and found a shampoo that's purported to make hair grow faster. The instructions say to massage scalp with shampoo for several minutes. Well a lot of the reviews state that it made their hair fall out, and many believe it to be the massage technique. Well, I know plenty of people who use sulfate shampoo, and most people don't wash their hair this way, so I figure it has to do with the sulfates in the shampoo. It could be a different ingredient in the shampoo, but sulfates have been shown to be detrimental to health, so that's probably it. I really wish I had figured this out sooner, as now my hair is about half (literally) the thickness it once was. Never again will I forgo quality shampoo.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I stopped using conditioner and switched to spray on detangler last year. I like it. I will have to try these tips. I know I'm supposed to rinse cold, but like the others, I can't STAND to be cold in the morning! If it makes my frizzies go away, I'm all for it!
prosecco-in-the-park prosecco-in-the-park 9 years
The cold water rinse really does wonders. my hair always comes out so shiny. I haven't done it much recently though since it's been so chilly.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 9 years
I already follow these steps & they really do make the hair so much better for the shine & control when styling. Another thing that I love to do is sometimes massage my hair with olive oil (I have dark hair), I do this only in winters, & I leave it in for a couple of hours (do this on your day off), & then afterwards wash using the steps given. Also do this only if you live in a VERY warm climate. During summer I will rinse my hair (once a month only) with cold water & ice, just bend over & pour the water over the hair, seriously I am obsessed about my hair, & I don't mind going over all the organic stuff to improve it.
Catwal Catwal 9 years
thanks for the great tips. =) i will give it a whirl next time I shampoo.
precious_pets4 precious_pets4 9 years
Bella, what do the experts say about conditioner? Shouldn't there be another step? There's no way my dry, color-treated hair would remain on my head without it! It would all get yanked out while trying to brush out the knots! (even if I brush before going in the shower!)
bpjedi bpjedi 9 years
Since I have (dread) locs, I often wash my hair when I'm *not* taking a shower--either bending over the tub, or the sink--so I can take my time without keeping the water running. (Contrary to myths, it is best to wash locs, and take your time doing so.) It is also good if you want to do a cold rinse, as your whole body won't get cold. Thanks for the tips, Bella; I didn't know about the importance of the massage, though.
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
I've been doing this for the last couple weeks, and it seems to have made a difference. I don't have to wash my hair as often, and I definitely have more volume. Yay!
bibibella69 bibibella69 10 years
using a shampoo comb always helps clean the scalp better.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 10 years
I already take long showers... can't wait to see what people say after i massage for 5 min.
Candyhunnie Candyhunnie 10 years
Surprisingly helpful, I'll try it tomorrow (:
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 10 years
I've been doing the scalp massage when shampooing for over 15 years. So my hair is always thick! Some of the hair dressers can scratch your scalp, so make sure they don't do that. Use just your fingertips.
Kittiara Kittiara 10 years
lilprincess it's cool to know I'm not the only one doing that, clip and all. :D
prinzes3006 prinzes3006 10 years
I've heard to rinse your hair with the cold water part, but I hate cold. lol!
sparkasaur sparkasaur 10 years
thanks! I'm going to try this!
Rowanvamp0 Rowanvamp0 10 years
I was told to always use cold water to rinse as it is true think hot opens up cold seals..and that has kept my hair even when dyed having luster locks
almostloli almostloli 10 years
i didn't know that we're supposed to rinse our hair until it starts to squeak!
imalifeguard imalifeguard 10 years
rinse your hair with cold water right before you get out. just bend back (or over depending on your flexibility) and stick your head under the shower head. squeeze cold water out, dry off, wrap your hair in the towel and you will never be cold :)
mademoiselle2009 mademoiselle2009 10 years
i tried this last night & was very pleased however i still have naturally frizzy hair but it was muuuch more managable today plus i didnt put it up in any sort rubberband so there were no creases any suggestions for frizzy hair?
tysontysonxv tysontysonxv 10 years
I always rinse my hair with the coldest water I can stand when I am through. I have fewer frizzies and I can tell an immense difference.
Calamity_Jane Calamity_Jane 10 years
Nowhere in this article does it say 20 MINUTES, lol!
nati nati 10 years
great tips! :)
nikkizubes nikkizubes 10 years
Good tips!
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