Washing your hair: 8 things you're doing wrong
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
You're probably reading the title thinking, "There's a wrong way to wash your hair?" 🙄
Let me tell you, I thought that was the case prior to becoming a hair dresser as well 😂 LOL. We all don't talk about it with our hair stylists at the salon because we think it's self explanatory 🤷🏻♀️. I started opening this conversation up with my clients after hearing about some of their hair concerns that could be related to how they wash their hair.
In this blog post, I'm going to be sharing with you the 8 most common things people did wrong when washing their hair while also sharing some hair advice and information.
Disclaimer: This advice may not apply to you hair type, and that's okay! If you know something I suggest doesn't works for you, then you do you boo! If it ain't broke don't fix it, ya know what I'm sayin? 😉
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8 things you're doing wrong in the shower
1. You aren't brushing your hair prior to getting in the shower
Okay, I know some people may get on me for this one, but hear me out: this one applies to anyone who can actually brush through their hair easily prior to washing it lol 😅.
Regular sebum (oil) from the scalp nourishes your skin and ends of hair, so it's important to help distribute the oils from the scalp with a brush.
I have curly hair, so I don't run a brush through my hair on the daily because I would look like a lion 😂 so brushing it right before washing is a great time to distribute the oils, help break up product buildup, and stimulate blood circulation to the scalp (which can lead to more hair growth! 🙌🏼).
If your hair is super curly or you have a lot of tangles, then trying to brush it without it being wet with conditioner or other slip products may do you more harm than good 👎🏼.
2. You are only shampooing once
How often do you wash your hair? (Hopefully the answer isn't every day) since that can dry out your scalp and hair! 😅
Sebum from the scalp is good, but too much product is counterproductive. There also are a lot of hair products that can cause build-up on your hair and scalp.
If your scalp gets super oily, still try your best to not wash it everyday so that you don't strip your acid mantel which protects your scalp. But now, we have to remember- if you aren't washing every day, think of all the sebum / product build up after a few days (or a week or more) of not washing.
With that being said, if you're someone who likes to pack on the products and go a long time in-between washes, one round of shampooing may not be enough to get off all that build up when it's finally wash day (especially for fine thin hair). Try shampooing twice and see if you can feel the difference on your strands with your fingers!
3. You're shampooing the ends of your hair
📢 PSA: YOU ONLY NEED TO PUT SHAMPOO AT YOUR SCALP 📢
As we just learned, sebum (the oil) is only produced on your scalp. With that being said, our ends aren't receiving the oil that our scalp produces (especially if you barely brush your hair).
Generally speaking, our hair's mid-shaft + ends need extra moisture (conditioner) whereas our scalps need less (shampoo). This excludes certain scalp conditions.
💡Think: If you put your hair in a high pony tail, anything in the end of the pony tail doesn't need to be shampooed.
4.You plop all the product on top of your head
You grab your shampoo or conditioner, squirt it in your hand, and then just plop it in one big blob on top of your scalp.
Does this sound like you? 😂 LOL.
Prior to placing the product into your hair, you should try the following:
For shampoo: Try emulsifying the shampoo (which is a fancier term for rubbing your hands together to make it lather and distribute the product) prior to putting it in your hair. This will ensure a more even distribution onto your scalp. Massage it in for a good 15 seconds. 👍
For Conditioner: For all that is good in the world, please stop putting conditioner on your scalp if you have fine and thin hair! 🚫 The build-up for this hair type is REAL, haha. This applies to you if you've ever washed your hair and it still looks "wet" even when it's dried 😅, especially after you have used a straightener. Try applying it only from your ears and below, avoiding your roots. (This doesn't apply to all hair types of course!)
5. You aren't putting your fingers UNDER your hair while shampooing
Now when I say "massage the shampoo in", don't go too crazy scrubbing because this can cause friction, rough up your hair's cuticle layers, and cause more frizz. 🙅🏻♀️
Make sure your fingers are under your hair + actually touching your scalp. I know that may seem obvious, but make sure you are lifting the hair up and getting under there. 💡Think: side-to-side motions, not circles!
I like to tilt my head to the side I'm working on to help the hair naturally lift from my roots. When you are laying in the sink at the salon (pictured in this great GIF), your hair is naturally lifting more away from the scalp since you are laying down. We want to try and recreate that lifting motion in the shower at home!
6. You think your shampoo needs suds in order to clean your hair
I knooooow, I know..we all love the large amount of suds when we shampoo. 🛁
We feel like we get a better wash with more suds, right? Well, suds are not the part of the shampoo's formula that actually cleans your hair.
Sometimes, companies may add harsh ingredients that may be doing more harm than good. So don't think a shampoo "isn't working" if it doesn't lather up a bunch! Also, don't waste more of your shampoo thinking you need more for it to lather up. Most natural and non-stripping shampoos have minimal suds, but they still are doing their job!
7. You aren't distributing your conditioner
You apply your conditioner (either scalp to ends or ears to ends for your specific hair type) but are barely working it through.
There's A LOT of strands of hair on your head—so make sure you get that product distributed as much as possible!
Either use your fingers (as demonstrated in the GIF) or use your wide-tooth comb. Always start at the bottom and work your way up to get out those tangles and make sure you take it section-by-section, especially if you have thick curly hair.
8. You use a fuzzy towel to dry your hair and vigorously rub it back + forth
You finish your shower, dry off your body, and then use that same fuzzy bath towel to dry your hair. Noooo girl, stop right there! 😖
I get it, sometimes you just only have one towel. If that's the case, do not rub the towel back and forth. Try to just squeeze the excess water out gently by scrunching. Rubbing will cause friction, which means frizz and breakage on weaker strands.
I personally use a cotton T-shirt to get the excess moisture out of my hair. Also, just scrunch out the water and try avoiding wrapping your hair up in a towel like this little spa emoji 🧖🏻♀️. The reason this can be harmful is due to the tension it will create on your wet fragile strands. 💡Tension=damage or breakage. Short broken hair in the front hairline anyone!?
So, how many of these were you doing?
I hope this blog post could bring you some insight on getting a better wash day! If you want to read more information on ways to keep your hair healthy, read my other blog posts in my blog's section "Hair Advice" (Click here)
Also, after I typed out this blog post, I came across a hairdresser Youtuber who put out a great video going in depth with all things "hair washing" related. Click here to watch his great informational video!
See you in the next blog post or YouTube Video! 💕
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