Co-written by Julia Hamman Master Hair & Makeup Artist
Washing your hair may seem like a simple routine, but doing it right can make a huge difference in the health, appearance and overall condition of your locks. The best way to wash your hair involves a combination of technique, suitable products and a consistent schedule.
The Right Products: The first step to a successful hair wash is selecting the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Different hair types such as oily, dry, curly or colour-treated have distinct needs, so choose products that cater to your specific requirements. Try to avoid products that have sulfates and opt for formulas with nourishing ingredients.
Preparation: Before washing, brush your hair gently to detangle any knots. This prevents excessive tangling and breakage during the washing process.
Rinse Thoroughly: Begin by thoroughly wetting your hair with lukewarm water. Hot water can strip your hair of natural oils and lead to dryness, while cold water may not effectively remove dirt and product buildup. Warm water helps to open up the hair cuticles for better cleansing.
SHAMPOO: Pour a small amount of shampoo onto your palms and lather in between your hands. Gently apply the lather to your scalp, focusing on the roots. Massage your scalp using your fingertips in a circular motion to cleanse it and stimulate blood circulation. Be gentle to avoid damaging the hair shaft. Rinse and repeat. The first shampoo will remove dirt, sebum and breaks down oils and buildup on the scalp. The second shampoo will remove the dirt and impurities completely.
Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water to remove all shampoo residue.
CONDITIONER: Apply conditioner to the lengths and ends of your hair. Avoid applying directly to your scalp as this can weigh down your hair and make it appear greasy. You can use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the conditioner evenly and detangle your hair gently. Allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes following the product instructions. This helps to moisturise and nourish your hair.
Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water to seal the hair cuticles and lock in the moisture from the conditioner. This also helps to add shine to your hair.
Gently squeeze out excess water from your hair using a microfibre towel. Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously, as wet hair is more fragile and prone to breakage.
Air dry or blow dry with care. If using a hairdryer, set it to a low or medium heat setting and use a heat protectant spray before drying. Keep the dryer moving to prevent overheating.
How often should I wash my hair?
Washing your hair too frequently can strip it of its natural oils, leading to dryness and potential damage. Aim to wash your hair 2-3 times per week, adjusting the frequency based on your hair type and lifestyle as well as your hairdresser recommendations.
By following these steps and tailoring them to your hair’s unique needs, you can maintain healthy, vibrant hair that looks and feels amazing.