06.07.2022

You’ve been washing your hair wrong!, Here’s how you should *actually* be doing it

You may see washing your hair as a quick 3 minute in-out job. Chuck on some shampoo, rinse, lather on the conditioner, rinse – job done right? Not quite.

It turns out the secret to healthy, shiny locks is in a few simple but essential steps that we’ve been missing out on.

We caught up with Holly Willoughby’s hairdresser, Ciler Peksah, at a Soap Glory launch, to discover the best hacks that’ll make every day a good hair day.

SECTION THE HAIR

A lot of people just pump, pump, pump and then put shampoo and conditioner directly onto the hair but you actually need to section it into four strands, then rotate each section of the hair. This will help stimulate the scalp.

WASH THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD

A lot of people don’t wash the back of their head properly. It’s very important to move the hair around. If you just let the water run down and don’t move the hair around, you’ll get build-up resulting in an irritated scalp and itchiness behind the ears.

You've been washing your hair wrong!, Here's how you should *actually* be doing it

I started using a clarifying shampoo and couldn’t believe what happened to my hair

WASH THE HAIRLINE

Sometimes people say “my hair’s not gross but my hairline is really greasy”. This is because when we wear makeup or apply face cream, it goes directly onto our hairline, which causes grease to build-up.

DOUBLE SHAMPOO AND USE TWO DIFFERENT SHAMPOOS

If you’re washing your hair twice a week, you can double shampoo. Just make sure to use a cleansing shampoo followed by a moisturising one because you need something more nourishing. A person who washes their hair every day should just do one shampoo and condition.

Here’s what the experts think on whether you really need to wash your hair twice

LEAVE CONDITIONER IN

As long as you’ve jet washed the scalp and rinsed really well on top, don’t stress about completely rinsing the conditioner from the length. The hair on top is always going to be shiny and healthy because it’s in the roots but the length is old so leaving a bit of conditioner or mask in the length helps give nourishment throughout the day. When I’m on holiday and my hair is so dry, I even use conditioner as a styling product.

OR SWAP CONDITIONER FOR A MASK

Cleansing shampoos strip the nourishment from your hair so I use a mask as my conditioner. It really feeds in moisture in a way that conditioner does not.

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