The Ultimate Guide to Hair Washing

Did you know that your hair washing technique could be causing more harm than good?

Many people make the same common mistakes when it comes to hair washing without realizing the damage it causes to their hair. In some instances, improper washing can even result in thinning hair.

Don’t let this happen to you. 

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to hair washing to give you some peace of mind. Continue reading below to learn about our top hair washing tips and how to avoid some common mistakes.

Avoid Daily Hair Washing

One of the top tips regarding hair washing is frequency. So, how often should you wash your hair? The answer may surprise you because it’s less often than most people think.

Why It’s Harmful

Most women make the mistake of washing their hair daily, which is surprising since one of our top hair washing tips is to avoid daily washings. This is because of the damage it can cause to your hair.

Shampooing your hair daily causes your hair to dry out because it strips your hair of the oil it produces naturally. It can even dull your hair color because of the repeated loss of oil.

Counterintuitively, daily hair washing also makes your hair dirtier faster. This is because your scalp is trying to replenish the natural oils to keep your hair hydrated. 

Recommended Frequency

Most experts agree that daily hair washing is a bad idea, and most hair types benefit from a hair washing schedule of only 3 to 4 times per week.

If you are in the process of transitioning to less frequent washings, feel free to use dry shampoo between washings. Dry shampoo should not be an alternative to washing your hair as too much product build-up can irritate the scalp.

Temperature Matters

Next, on our list of hair washing tips is that temperature matters. 

Most of us have heard the joke that women enjoy scalding hot water in their showers, if you’re like me, then it’s not so much funny as it is true. However, as lovely as a steamy shower is, it’s not great for your hair. 

While experts disagree on what temperature is ideal, the vast majority agree that warm water is better than hot water

Start by rinsing your hair with warm water before applying any products like shampoo. After you’re finished shampooing or conditioning, we recommend rinsing with cool water.

As shocking and unappealing as this sounds, it’s great for your hair because it closes your hair’s cuticles after the warm water opened them up. The cool water rinse helps you retain moisture. 

Be Gentle

When shampooing your hair, do you tend to scrub vigorously to get your hair as thoroughly clean as possible? Well, this may be damaging your hair more than benefiting it.

Aggressive scrubbing, such as using your nails or applying a lot of pressure, can damage your hair’s cuticles and ends. The same can be said of using circular motions, which can result in tangles for longer hair that are pulled out later on.

If you want to try washing your hair with minimal damage, the key is to be gentle. Massage the product into your hair in non-circular motions with minimal pressure. 

To finish off a gentle washing, follow up with gentle drying as well. Towel drying can be quite abrasive on your hair and result in damage from friction. 

So, if you towel dry, avoid applying a lot of pressure and creating a lot of friction. Also, stick with a high-absorbent towel and let it do most of the work. The best possible option is to air dry. 

Use the Right Products

Choosing the right products makes the biggest impact on your hair’s health. If you are experiencing a dry scalp, choose a product that replenishes moisture.

If you’re experiencing thinning hair, take a look at our selection of tablets and shampoos

Set yourself up for success with the right products.

Apply Products Correctly

Once you have the right products, you need to apply them correctly to get the most benefit out of them. This mainly applies to shampoo and conditioner.


When you are shampooing your hair, apply the product to your scalp only. As we discussed previously, your scalp develops the oil. Therefore, your scalp is the oiliest part of your hair.

It’s also the healthiest part of your hair and can handle the process of washing better than your ends. However, make sure to only wash once per shower and not twice as some products suggest.

So, how do you wash your ends, then? Just by rinsing your scalp. The water will wash your shampoo down the ends of your hair and remove any dirt or debris remaining in the ends of your hair.

Since you are only applying shampoo to your scalp, use less than you might think. Most hair types benefit from about a quarter-sized dab of shampoo. If you have thicker hair, you can increase it to a silver dollar-sized dab. 


Remember how your scalp generates oil? That means it has less of a need for conditioner compared to your ends.

For this reason, we recommend only applying conditioner to the ends of your hair. Let it sit for as long as possible so it can absorb as much of the product as possible. Finally, rinse with cold water for the best results.

Make Your Way to Healthier Hair Washing

Now that you know the common hair washing mistakes many people make every day, as well as how to correct these mistakes, you’re well on your way to healthier hair. 

Remember to be kind to your hair, avoid aggressive and frequent washing, keep the temperature down, and use the right products in the right way. If you do these things, you’ll enjoy the results.

For more information about hair care, visit our blog today!

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