How to wash your hair (because you’ve probably been getting it wrong this whole time)

Lather, rinse, repeat. Right?????

Washing our hair is something that we all do, all the time. It’s something that we’ve been doing regularly since we were showed how at an early age. So the idea of being told how to wash your hair seems silly right?

Well perhaps not. For example, surely someone with drier curly hair should wash their hair completely differently to someone with poker straight hair that errs on the side of greasy? Or what about what you use to to wash your hair? The one that you consider the best shampoo for you might not work for the next person.

So really there must be more to it. The Hair Bros – two of London’s most promising hair stylists Nick Latham and Sean Nother, who can be found at the Knightsbridge outpost of Hershesons in Harvey Nichols (arguably one of the best hair salons in London) – say there’s much more to washing your hair than you originally thought: ‘In terms of washing hair, one thing we have learnt over time is that there is no “right” way to wash your hair. That’s not to say there are not some simple guidelines and principles to follow, but just because your blonde soft straight hair tends to prefer a wash every day, doesn’t mean your curly haired friend should do the same.’

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How to wash your hair properly

‘In essence, hair type, lifestyle (and a smidge of vanity) all play a part in influencing your hair wash routine,’ say The Hair Bros.

However, there is always one thing to remember: always shampoo twice and condition only the ends.

Shampooing twice is similar to double cleansing your skin, ‘Double cleansing has been happening at every salon backwash for years and years. It’s the only way to effectively remove dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and so on. The first shampoo never lathers as well, and usually takes the dirt out. The second shampoo will really foam up and clean the scalp. Your hair begins at the scalp, so be gentle when washing at the root. Avoid using your nails or being too aggressive, and apply minimum pressure. Two rounds of gentle massaging of the scalp – the first to remove build up and the second to ensure your scalp is throughly clean. Rinse until the hair squeaks when your fingers rub it. A cold water rinse does help seal the cuticle and deep clean the follicles. It’s also good for blood flow and waking you up.’

The hair at your root is new, virgin hair so doesn’t need conditioner like your ends do. These are bits that are damaged, dry and need that extra bit of TLC.

Is it bad to wash your hair every day?

No, if you have particularly greasy hair that needs to be cleaned every day, then crack on. But if you do wash your hair everyday, then you don’t need to “double cleanse” say The Hair Bros. ‘You will just end up stripping the scalp of all moisture and in return your natural oils will double in order to compensate this.’

However, most people don’t need to wash their hair that regularly. ‘Not washing your hair nearly as often as you’d think is the best way to go. We find that people are wash their hair way too much – three times a week is more than enough.’

Does your hair type determine how to wash your hair?

Yes certain hair types should wash their hair in a certain way…

Curly hair:

‘Avoid scrubbing excessively,’ say The Hair Bros. ‘If you wash your hair on Monday, use conditioner or a co-wash only on Wednesday. A small amount of sulphates in the conditioner will remove any dirt. Try and comb the conditioner through in the shower. Go back to shampoo on Friday.’

Thin hair:

‘Avoid heavily scented, paraben-rich shampoos and conditioners. All of this stuff builds up in the hair and makes it look lank. Try not to use too much conditioner either – natural oils will do the job of the conditioner. Too many heavy things build up in the hair and make thin hair look worse.’

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