Absolutely everyone needs a solid hair washing routine. It’s like brushing your teeth! It may not be super exciting, but if you do it right, the payoff is worth it.
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people don’t wash their hair the right way. Little things like using too much product or not rinsing properly can leave you with dull, limp hair, for starters. Read on for eight top tips to make your hair washing routine flawless:
Your Hair Washing Routine Made Easy
1. How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
First things first: When establishing your hair washing routine, you’ll need to figure out how often to do it. Different people have different hair types that need to be washed at different frequencies. Most of us actually wash more zealously than we need to, and, as a general rule of thumb, you’re probably okay to wash your hair every other day (unless in the case of heavy sweat, grease or use of too much product). For those with curly hair, you may need to shampoo less often. Read more about when you should wash your hair, according to your hair type.
2. Saturate Your Hair Before You Start
The best way to work shampoo thoroughly into your hair and not have a bear of a time rinsing it out is to start with properly saturated hair. This means don’t hop in the shower and immediately start applying your product! Instead, give strands a few minutes to completely soak through first. Once you’ve completely wet your hair, then you can start to shampoo.
3. Shampoo and Conditioner: Size Matters
One of the best ways to boost shine after cleansing is to make sure you totally rinse out your shampoo and conditioner. Having residue from either product left over on your hair makes your hair look duller and can even lead to buildup and a greasy look. The best way to be able to rinse it all out? Don’t apply so much. If you opt for a handful of shampoo with each wash, you’re overdoing it. For both, aim to use an amount the size of a quarter and adjust reasonably depending on the length of your hair.
4. Apply Shampoo to the Roots Only
Real talk: The ends of your hair don’t get as dirty as your scalp. Because your scalp produces oil, it’s what truly needs to get washed. If you have dry hair, use a hydrating shampoo that isn’t going to strip your hair of oils but still gets it clean, like Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo. Once you’ve created a foamy lather at your roots, use the foam to wash the rest of your hair.
5. Applying and Rinsing Out Conditioner
Conditioner near your roots isn’t a bad thing, so long as you can properly rinse it out afterward. If you’re following up that moisturizing shampoo, use a quarter-sized dollop of Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner on your mid-lengths and ends first, and any extra should then be worked upwards. To rinse out conditioner all the way, you may need to get a little closer to your showerhead or rinse out under the bath tap. A stronger flow of water helps thoroughly remove conditioner residue.
6. Cold Water Rinse for Shiny Hair
If you can take it, rinse with chilly water! It helps seal the cuticle of the hair, making it appear shiny and smooth. It also feels really good in summer months (and is a great picker-upper during weekday mornings, trust us).
7. In Between Washes? Try Dry Shampoo
If you’re feeling a bit greasy a day before you need to shampoo your hair, squeeze out another good hair day with dry shampoo. Spritz a bit of Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist into your roots to mattify and refresh your hair. Shake through your roots with your fingers to distribute, and you’ve made it through another day!
8. De-Gunk Once a Week
Once a week, you’ll probably need a thorough cleaning to get rid of any leftover styling products on your hair. Use a clarifying option to really get squeaky clean tresses. Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo and Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Conditioner are good options. They aren’t as stripping as other clarifying systems and still get your hair satisfyingly clean.
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