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How to Wash Your Hair Properly at Home in 6 Easy Steps

You may be surprised to know that there is a right way to wash your hair. It's time to break those bad hair habits and adapt better ones that can help you get beautiful and healthy hair.

We’re certain you’re pretty well-versed on how to wash your hair properly. Wash, lather, rinse—sounds simple enough, right?

Washing your hair might seem like a mundane task because you do it every single day. What you may not know is that you may have been doing it wrong all these years. So take note because we’re here to show you how it’s done.

6 Steps on How to Wash Hair Properly


Wet your hair

For your shampoo to work properly, you must fully drench your hair in cold or lukewarm water first to remove excess dirt. To get the best cleansing result from your shampoo, try washing your hair with water for a minute before applying your shampoo. Make sure all sections of your hair get wet.

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Use the right shampoo for your hair type

Choosing a shampoo that addresses your hair needs is key so you get the best results out of your hair wash. If you have dry hair that’s in need of cleansing, use TRESemmé Detox & Nourish Shampoo. It helps bring back lost nutrients to your hair while detoxifying it and getting rid of impurities like dirt and excess oil. If you want-frizz free hair that’s smooth and silky, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It detangles hair, adds shine, and tames flyaways. 

Asian woman shampooing her long black locks in the bathroom

Rinse and condition

Wash the shampoo off your strands. Then, follow up with Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner. This will help tame frizz and leave you with gorgeously sleeker and straighter hair. But if you have damaged hair, use Dove Intense Repair Conditioner to repair damaged strands and make your hair stronger. Apply the conditioner evenly from mid-length down to the tips of your hair.

Asian woman putting conditioner on her long black wet locks and wearing a white robe


Rinse and apply leave-on cream

Again, run your hair through water to rinse off the conditioner. When rinsing, it’s better to use cold water to seal off your hair cuticles. Cold water also doesn’t dry out your strands and scalp.

When you’re done, pat your hair dry with a smooth towel or fabric. Then, apply Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Crème from mid-length down to the tips of your damp hair. This will make your hair easy to brush and style.


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Blow-dry your hair

Put your blow dryer on low to medium heat setting. Blow-dry your hair while gently detangling it using a wide-tooth comb. When you encounter a tangle, don’t force your comb through it. You can finger-comb your strands first to get rid of the tangle.

Asian woman blow drying her long black hair in the bathroom

Brush your hair

After blow drying, use a round brush to smoothen out hair and make it look neat. Now, you have clean and healthy-looking hair that’s ready for any hairstyle you want!

Asian woman wearing a white robe brushing her long straight hair

Hair Washing FAQs Answered

How often should I wash my hair?

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How often you need to wash your hair depends on your hair type. Credit: Dennie Ramon

The answer to this question depends on your hair type and the activities you do every day. If you engage in activities that make you sweat—like working out, commuting, or playing sports—you should wash your hair every day to remove sweat, oil, and dirt from your hair and scalp.

However, if you stay indoors and don’t sweat much, you can skip a hair wash if you want. Follow this simple hair washing guide for different hair types:

  • Thin, fine hair – wash every other day or every three days so you won’t strip off your hair’s natural oil
  • Thick, straight hair – every day or every other day, as oil can easily move down the hair shaft
  • Wavy hair – every day or every other day, as long as you use a shampoo-and-conditioner duo that moisturizes your hair and prevents frizz
  • Curly hair – every three days or shampooing it once a week. Curly hair is the driest of hair types. On days when you skip the shampoo, you can simply wash your hair with water and conditioner.
  • Damaged hair – as infrequently as you can manage because this hair type needs all the moisture it can get

When can I wash my hair after a cellophane treatment?

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Switch to hair care products for colored hair when you get a cellophane hair treatment. Credit: Natasha Estelle

It’s not a question of when but what to wash your hair with after a cellophane treatment. Remember that cellophane treatment is a semi-permanent hair coloring treatment, so it lasts for about 8 to 12 weeks. But using harsh shampoos can speed up its fading rate. So, after getting a cellophane treatment, you can wash your hair the next day but use a shampoo made for colored hair so it’s gentler and won’t strip away the color.

When can I wash my hair after a Brazilian Blowout?

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After a Brazilian Blowout, you can wash or style your hair as you wish. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Brazilian Blowout is a trademarked term for a specific straightening treatment. It coats the hair with protein because it uses amino acids in its formulation, reducing frizz, hair density, and volume. You can wash your hair on the same day you get your treatment. To make your Brazilian Blowout last, switch to gentle and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that won’t strip away your hair’s protective coating.

When can I wash my hair after a keratin blowout?

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Hands off your hair after your keratin blowout. Credit: Hariono Halim

As the name suggests, a keratin blowout fills the gaps in your hair with keratin, leaving you with straight and smooth locks. You need to let the treatment sit on your hair to get the best results, so you cannot wash your hair for 72 hours after getting a keratin blowout. You also cannot tie your hair, wear headbands, or even put your sunglasses up on your head; otherwise, kinks will form on your hair.

How much shampoo and conditioner should I put on my hair when washing?

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Just a coin-sized amount of shampoo is enough to cleanse your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Apply a coin-sized amount of shampoo and conditioner. Don’t pour an excessive amount on your hands to avoid wasting the product and damaging your hair. When you use the right amount of products, you avoid dryness and product buildup on your delicate scalp.

How can I keep my hair from getting tangled when washing?

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There’s no need to gather your hair on top of your head when shampooing. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Avoid tangles by gently lathering the shampoo on your scalp and letting your hair stay down against your back. Doing this will allow you to easily run your fingers through your hair when you rinse off the shampoo.

Is towel-drying bad for my hair?

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Prevent hair breakage and frizz by using a soft microfiber towel on your hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

You may have been accustomed to squeezing excess water from your hair using a towel. Stop doing this, as well as rubbing your hair with your towel. Hair is brittle when it’s wet, and the rough surface of your towel can damage your hair. Instead, use a t-shirt or any smooth fabric when squeezing out water from your hair.

Can brushing my hair when it’s wet damage it?

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Swap your hairbrush with a wide-tooth comb. Credit: Shutterstock

To untangle your hair after washing it, use a wide-toothed comb. Start combing from the tips to get rid of the tangles. Then, move up slowly while combing hair gently until you can comb your hair smoothly from roots to tips.

Now that you know how to wash your hair properly, you’re on the right track to having healthy, beautiful tresses. Share these tips with your friends, so they, too, can break their bad hair habits.