6 Steps to Properly Wash Your Hair

Cute African American using shampoo

Washing hair seems like a concept that most people know how to do, but that’s not always the case. If you’ve haven’t been properly taught how to wash your hair, you may not be doing it in the most effective way. Here are 6 steps to properly washing your hair.

  1. Rinse:

Rinse your hair with warm water for 1 minute before applying your clarifier of your choice. The warm water will open your cuticles to prepare them for cleansing and 60 seconds under the shower stream will drench your hair enough to get fully clean.

  1. Shampoo the Scalp:

Add your shampoo or clarifier of choice to your scalp, not to the ends of your hair. Gently massage the shampoo into your scalp for a few minutes. Then Rinse out your hair. The shampoo will run down the length of your hair, cleansing the ends. The ends are the oldest part of your hair and has therefore been clarified more than the new growth. Too much cleansing can cause damage to weakened or older hair.

  1. Condition:

Follow up cleansing with a moisturizing conditioner. Use your favorite conditioner and apply it to the length of your hair, concentrating on the ends.

  1. Detangle:

Detangle your hair with the detangler of your choice (fingers, denman/paddle brush, wide tooth comb) while your hair is wet and full of conditioner. This will significantly reduce detangling time relative to dry detangling

  1. Rinse:

Rinse your hair with cool water to close the cuticle.

  1. Dry:

Use a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair to reduce dryness and frizz.

Here is a visual example from Taren Guy on how to shampoo your hair…

and from Veggie Curl readers the Fashion TwinZ


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