Chances are, you’re not. Just lather, rinse, repeat, right?
When I was really, really young, TRESemmé was the hot new thing. I remember there always used to be tips on the back of the bottle, and that’s what activated my interest in proper hair washing techniques.
Let’s get into a few common incorrect ways we wash our hair
Not soaking your hair
Just standing in the shower for a few seconds isn’t really enough to penetrate through the layers of hair. You want all of your hair wet, not just the top layer
Using the wrong temperature
If your water is too hot, it will open the cuticles and create more frizz. No amount of conditioner is going to reverse the effects of hot water.
Not brushing your hair before jumping in
Brushing out your hair before you shower is super important. It helps loosen dirt and removes any knots or tangles that might be hiding product.
So, what’s the right way to wash hair?
Brush your hair before getting in the shower, to detangle and loosen up the dirt and product from the day.
Make sure /all/ of your hair is wet before starting to shampoo. You want the water to break up and wash away some of the product that can prevent your shampoo from penetrating your hair.
When you begin, work the shampoo into your roots. This is where most of the dirt and debris is going to be. Scrub your scalp, not your hair.
Rinse the shampoo completely. In some instances, you may want to shampoo a second time.
To prevent frizz, switch to colder water before conditioning. This will close the cuticle and make your hair appear smooth and shiny.
Apply conditioner starting at the midshaft and working towards the tips. These are the areas most commonly exposed to the elements.
Rinse again, and dry with your preferred method.