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How to Shampoo Hair Correctly? 7 Things you should Keep in Mind When Shampooing Hair

Updated on September 14, 2014

This might seem like an irrelevant topic to write on since shampooing is something we have been doing for ages. So habituated have we become to this hair-cleansing activity that we often perform it mindlessly, following the motions without giving them much thought. However, it is because of this thoughtlessness that we often end up causing more harm to our hair than good.

Since shampooing directly impacts the quality and health of your hair, it becomes important to do it correctly. Here are a couple of dos and don't’s to help you cross-check and modify your shampooing methods so that your hair receives the care and conditioning it requires.

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First de-tangle, then shampoo

Have your fingers encountered obstruction from knots and tangles when shampooing your hair? Have you had to wrench your fingers out of the entangled cluster to free them? Well, you clearly haven’t been detangling your hair before shampooing. This often leads to breakage of hair strands, increasing hair loss in the shower. To avoid this, carefully comb out your hair before shampooing to rid it off knots and loose strands. Gently run an even-toothed comb or a flat brush through your hair. Avoid brushing hair roughly or applying to much force as this too can weaken and damage hair strands.

Water temperature: Not too hot, not too cold

A long, hot water bath might seem like the most relaxing thing in the world and it is, except for your hair. Steaming hot water dehydrates and dries up your hair, making it frizzy and brittle. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Lukewarm water opens pores and effectively washes off oil, dirt and leftover hair products. Once you’ve finished washing the shampoo and conditioner off your hair, give your hair a final rinse using cool water. Cool water closes hair cuticles, sealing in moisture and reducing frizz.

When it comes to shampoo, search for your Mr. Right

You’ve heard this pretty often, haven’t you? Unfortunately, a lot of us still persist in choosing our shampoos without thought, or we pick up one that everybody is talking about without really checking if the shampoo suits our hair type. Every hair type requires a different kind of shampoo. If you have fine, thin hair, opt for a shampoo that strengthens and adds volume. For curly, frizzy hair, opt for a moisturizing shampoo. For thick hair, choose a shampoo that smoothens and hydrates hair. There are some shampoos that are suitable for all hair types. L’Oreal Paris has recently launched the 6 Oil Nourish Shampoo, which is a shampoo for soft, smooth, thick hair. This nourishing shampoo is enriched with 6 oils and nourishes hair from root to tip. Similarly, there are shampoos that are specially designed for chemically treated hair, coloured hair and dandruff-ridden hair. So, understand your hair requirement and choose a shampoo accordingly.

When it comes to using product, less is more

Some think using more product results in cleaner hair. This is not true as about a quarter-sized amount is adequate for medium-length hair. Similarly, if your shampoo doesn’t lather sufficiently, it doesn’t mean you need to use more product as your shampoo might be a sulphate-free one. Overusing a cleansing product can rob your hair of natural oils and make it dry and frizzy. So, use just enough product as required to cleanse your scalp and hair of dust, oil and dirt.

Cleanse, from scalp to tip

The main purpose of shampooing your hair is to rid the scalp of accumulated oils, dirt and leftover product. Hence, your focus should lie on thoroughly cleaning your scalp. Using circular movements, gently massage your scalp for at least 30 seconds. Then, wash the rest of your hair, up to your tips. Don’t bunch your hair up over your head. Instead let it fall straight. After you’ve finished washing your hair, rinse of the shampoo immediately.

Be gentle on your hair

Your intention is to clean your hair and not wage war against your tresses. So, be gentle when massaging your scalp and washing your hair. Avoid using your nails. Instead, use the balls of your fingers. Don’t pull your hair, twist it or forcefully untangle knots. Also, avoid washing your hair too many times a day. About 2 or 3 times a week is usually just right. However, if you have very oily hair and feel the need to wash your hair daily, use a mild shampoo designed for daily use.

Rinse, and then rinse some more

Product build-up can block pores and prevent hair from growing properly. It can also cause your scalp to itch. So, rinse your hair thoroughly till all the shampoo is washed off. However, when washing your hair, see to it that the water stream is not too strong. You could pour one cup of apple cider vinegar into your hair before applying conditioner to completely remove shampoo residue.

Hope you focus on these pointers the next time you wash your hair. Happy shampooing!


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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      @swilliams: Thanks for stopping by. Yes, many people think more product = cleaner hair. Not true. Select a few products that suit your hair type and apply just how much your hair needs. This will keep your hair clean without damaging hair strands.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      These are some great hairstyle tips! When it comes to using product, less is more, I never knew that, thought the more hair you had the more products you should use! Very useful, voted up!