Do You Wash Your Hair Correctly?

shampooing hair

We all shampoo our hair. It seems like a simple task, right? Little do you know, you may be doing it all wrong. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to properly shampoo and condition your hair.


  1. Brush your hair before getting into the shower. Your significant other will thank you when the drain does not get clogged. Its also will stimulate the scalp, breaking up any oils and grime.
  2. Wet your hair thoroughly. Professional shampoo bottles are not full of water like drugstore brands and need drenched hair in order to lather properly.
  3. Apply a nickle to quarter size amount of shampoo in your hand and emulsify.
  4. Start lathering from scalp to ends. Be careful to only scrub your scalp with your fingertips. Using your nails may agitate your scalp. You especially do not want to use your nails on your scalp before a chemical treatment. If your hair does not lather well, re-wet slightly and lather again. Repeat only if necessary.
  5. Rinse all the suds completely. Move your hair around while rinsing to assure the suds underneath are gone.
  6. CONDITION. I hear so many people say they can’t use conditioner because it either weighs their hair down or makes it feel greasy. You are doing it wrong and/or using the wrong product.
  7. Apply a small amount of conditioner in your hand and rub your hands together before globbing it on your head.
  8. Only apply conditioner to your ends! Applying it to the top of your head will only weigh it down and make it look like a grease pit. Conditioner acts as a detangler and softens the shaft of the hair. It will do nothing for your scalp, so there is no need to apply it there.
  9. Rinse, rinse, and rinse again. Many do not rinse out the conditioner enough. Again, your hair will look weighed down and feel just down right funky. It is also wise to rinse with cooler water. This will help close the cuticle of the hair to seal the benefits of the conditioner in. It will save your color as well.
  10. Once out of the shower, do not rub a towel all over your head. This will only cause stress on your hair. Hair that is wet is in its weakest state. Rubbing a towel vigorously on the hair will only lead to breakage. Instead, blot and squeeze the dampness out.
  11. Before combing, use a detangler or leave-in conditioner. Afraid this will be too heavy for your hair? Never fear, Redken Clear Moisture Polishing Prep allows great comb ability without leaving any feeling of a product behind.
  12. Use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush. Tugging and pulling and ripping through you hair does it no justice. Start at the ends and work your way up to the scalp working any tangles out slowly and gently.

Another thing. You do not need to shampoo your hair everyday. All this does is strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils. I hear a lot of my clients say, “Oh but I have to. It gets so greasy.” It could be that the sebaceous glands are over compensating for what you have stripped out. Give your hair a break. On a day you have no where to be, be a little dirty. Or use a dry shampoo such as Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender.

Now that you know how to properly wash your hair… Happy Suds-ing!

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