Washing your hair and washing your hair to perfection are two very different things! And to show you the right way out and towards gorgeous locks, we’re here with all the dreamy details.
Of course you guys must be wondering…what’s all the fuss about how to correctly wash your hair. I mean, it’s the simplest thing to do, right? Sorry to break it to you, but you couldn't be more wrong. TBH, the way you wash your tresses can be the difference between a good hair day and a bad hair day. To help you take your shampoo game to the next level, allow us to guide you through the right way to wash your hair for silky, shiny, beautiful strands.
Your hair is like a personal mood board. If you are happy and relaxed, your hair will be happy and shiny too, but if you're stressed, it will reflect on your hair in the form of dullness and breakage. So, it only makes sense that you give your tresses a little extra care every now and then to keep them healthy and happy all along.
But going to a salon to treat and pamper your hair every time can be a bit difficult, not to mention heavy on the pockets too. That’s why we mapped out a step-by-step guide on how to give yourself that professional hair wash at home. Untangle your doubts and brush your way into a luscious future by reading on!
Step 01: Wash your hair with warm water
Before you begin with your hair washing routine, wet your hair with warm water. This is how to remove dirt from hair and build-up while shampooing your strands. Also, ensure that the water is neither too cold nor too hot because hot as hot water damages the hair and cold water is not effective in removing dirt or oil build-up. So ladies, if you want that most effective wash and of course, a relaxing one - keep a finger out for the temperature. Using lukewarm water can help open up the hair cuticles and get rid of dirt and grime effectively. So, what are you waiting for? Get the tap running.
Step 02: Use shampoo
Duh, yes this is the basic rule of a nourishing hair wash but you just can’t add a lump of shampoo to your locks and leave it - it needs a little TLC and technique too. After all, the magic lies in the details. To begin with, use a shampoo that suits your hair type and texture. Depending on your hair length, take the shampoo on your palm and apply it only on the scalp (and not the tips of the hair). Just spread the foam from the shampoo to the ends of the hair. Gently massage the shampoo on your scalp for about 2-3 minutes. Don’t use your nails to massage; instead, use your fingertips and apply minimal pressure, so you’re awakening your roots and calming your scalp. A lot of people tend to scrub or rub the hair vigorously which leads to hair breakage and can weaken the follicles. Also, apply shampoo on the nape of the neck, which is the most neglected area, so that patch also gets the goodness of nutrients. And if you’re wondering - what’s the proper way to wash your hair if your roots are extremely oily? You can shampoo your hair twice. This tactic will ensure your grease is pulled out from its core.
Also, be mindful of what kind of shampoo you pick. The racks are loaded with sulphate-heavy choices that go the extra mile to damage your hair. Which is why, select the shampoos that go easy on your hair and only have one intention - nourishment, nourishment and nourishment. Which is why, we vouch for the unfailing - Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo. Infused with lightweight argan oil and keratin, this helps your hair restore its keratin (a type of protein that strengthens the hair and prevents breakage) while providing hydration and elasticity. The low sulphate formulation and patented micro-moisture technology smoothen and shield hair from further damage. Gently massage the shampoo over the scalp and work it into a lather. Rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Step 03: Rinse and squeeze out the excess water
Once you’re done shampooing, you may think the hair wash is done but it’s not! Rinse your locks thoroughly with lukewarm water to get rid of all the shampoo. Here’s a tip on the proper way to wash your hair: Before applying conditioner, squeeze out the excess water because if the hair is too wet, the product will slide off and it won’t penetrate or coat the hair strands. So, be sure to squeeze out excess and stay without stress.
Step 04: Condition your hair
There is no way to wash hair properly without conditioning it after. Conditioner is like a moisturiser for your hair; thus, always use a conditioner after you shampoo. Just take some conditioner on your palm (depending on your hair length) and apply it on the mid-length to the tips. Avoid applying conditioner on the scalp as it receives enough nourishment from the natural oil it produces. Section the hair while doing so to cover every strand evenly. Keep it on for 5-6 minutes so that it’s completely absorbed and then rinse it off. To achieve that smooth, shiny and frizz-free after hair wash? You can always use the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner. Take some conditioner on your palms, and apply along the lengths of your hair, from mid-lengths to tips. Avoid applying conditioner on the scalp as it can weigh down your hair and make it greasy. Leave on for at least one minute. And viola, you’re done with the A1 part of your hair wash game.
Step 05: Rinse with cool water
The second most integral part of a hair wash is applying conditioner and rinsing your hair with cold water. This is one of the most simple but important rules of the correct way you pamper your locks. Wonder why? Well, because cold water closes the cuticles and helps retain the moisture in the hair making it look shiny and smooth. Make sure all the conditioner is washed out of the hair; otherwise, the hair will look oily and limp.
Step 06: Dry your locks
The way you treat your hair post-wash is as important as the right way to wash hair. So gently pat the hair dry to get rid of all the water. Don’t vigorously rub the hair as it leads to breakage; instead, use a microfiber towel. Microfibre towel dries the hair faster and prevents friction. Also, right after you wash your hair, it's a good time to apply the serum to seal in the moisture to make your hair look smooth and shiny. However, the way you care for your locks may also depend on the type of hair you have. Such as – a curly mane can do well with the magic of some scrunching cream and to know all those secrets, you can read more here.
Washing away your doubts
How to clean hair naturally?
There are few ways to wash hair naturally without shampoo. To do it, use water and such recommended ingredients as baking soda, an egg, clay, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, rye flour, or black bread. Before applying, make sure you are not allergic to any of them. And well, that you’re all organic hair wash mixture.
Should you shampoo the ends of your hair?
No, you should not; especially if you have long hair with oily roots and dry ends. How to apply shampoo on hair to keep the oil balanced? Make a foam in your palms, and apply a shampoo on your roots, massage them and wash off. Foam will drain down, and this is enough to wash and refresh your hair length and ends. To rub your ends with shampoo is unnecessary and only leads to hair dryness.
When to apply hair mask among steps to washing hair?
Hair mask can be included in your hair washing routine but not every time you wash your hair, several times a week is just fine. The best time to apply a mask is after washing your hair with shampoo, when hair is clean, cuticles are open and ready to absorb nutrients. After the mask, do not forget to close your cuticles with a conditioner.
How to correctly wash your hair — if you read this up, maintaining your hair gets easier. Implement the simple rules into your beauty routine to make your locks stronger and shinier.
Written by Anushka Shah on Sep 18, 2022