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How to Wash Your Hair

Washing Hair


Dear Audrey,

What is the best way to wash my hair?

Almost everyone washes their hair daily, or every other day and everyone has their favorite technique that works for them.  Salon professionals across the board have strong recommendations on the best way to wash your hair without damaging it.  Here are a few of their tips to wash your hair the correct way. 

  1. Rinse First: Start by saturating your hair with water—before you add the shampoo.  Some stylists recommend standing under the water stream for three to four minutes before applying shampoo.  Most stylists recommend using warm water for your starting rinse.  Warm water will open your hair’s cuticle which helps remove dirt and any product left in your hair.  

  2. Long Hair—Condition first! That’s right, if your hair is long (below your shoulders); start with a conditioner on the ends. Doing so can protect them from drying out.  After your initial rinse, gently squeeze out the excess water at the ends and apply a small amount of conditioner on the tips, then do a light rinse before you start shampooing your hair.

  3. Shampoo: Apply a dime to quarter size amount of shampoo to your hair depending on your hair’s length. Be sure to use the right shampoo for your hair type.  Some stylists recommend having a selection of shampoos such as a clarifying (deep conditioning) or moisturizing shampoo in addition to your favorite. At Westside Beauty Supply we can help you select the best shampoo for your needs.  Feel free to ask for help if you are unsure of which shampoo to purchase. 

  4. Lather: To start the lather, apply the shampoo to your wet hair starting at the roots.  Don’t be tempted to pile your hair on the top of your head and massage the lather up there—that will only lead to tangles and knots. Instead, using your fingertips, gently massage the lather through your hair from the roots to the ends.  The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will more than likely be the oiliest, so move the lather through your scalp with vertical strokes to loosen any dirt and oils.  Since the end of the hair is the oldest and often the driest, most fragile part of the hair, smooth the lather through your hair to the ends using a long straight stroking motion. 

  5. Rinse: Next rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water to remove any traces of shampoo.

  6. Squeeze and Condition: Next gently squeeze out the excess water from your hair and apply a conditioner that is right for your hair type.  If you have long hair now is the time to pile it on top of your head, and finish your shower. Just before you are done rinse out the conditioner in your hair with plenty of cool water.  The cool water will close the shingle like cuticle protecting your hair and allow it to reflect the most light, making it look shiny and silky.

That’s all there is to it!  There’s no need to rinse and repeat anymore. Doing so only strips your hair of its precious oils.  Instead, just dry and style as usual, then you’re off to enjoy your day!

Here’s to Squeaky Clean Hair!


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