How do I shampoo my hair? Shampooing is important to remove dirt, debris, and buildup from the hair and scalp. Most people get in the shower, wet their hair, squeeze a bunch of shampoo in their hands and slap it on the top of their head and start rubbing vigorously until it's all bubbly.
Please stop doing this. Put some love into it people. Here is how I would recommend washing your hair to keep it in the best possible condition.
- Wet your hair completely. It is important that your hair is uniformly wet before you shampoo. Make sure you have saturated your hair completely with water to allow an even distribution of the shampoo.
- Apply a drop of shampoo to your hands and lather it up. Lathering the shampoo in your hands before you apply it to your scalp will allow for a gentle and even application of shampoo. Less is usually more in this case.
- Apply the shampoo evenly over the scalp. Take your sudsy hands and work the shampoo directly into the scalp covering the entire surface area. I start around the hairline, in the front and at the nape, massaging in towards the crown. I then massage it into the scalp at the crown area, taking a bit more shampoo if needed.
- Massage the scalp. After you have evenly distributed the shampoo to your scalp, give yourself a nice massage working in a circular motion with your fingertips and palms. This will clean the scalp and stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles.
- Squeeze the suds into the mid lengths only if needed. Work the shampoo gently down from the scalp to the middle in a motion known as ‘prayer hands’. Put the hair in between your open hands, squeeze together, and pull down. You can also squeeze the hair with a single open to closed motion with one hand to get the shampoo moving in between the hair. DO NOT rub your hands together in a friction motion. This will damage your hair and result in breakage and split ends.
- Rinse well. Make sure all the shampoo is rinsed from your hair. Run your hands through to make sure all the shampoo has been removed before you apply conditioner.
It may be necessary to repeat this process if you do not wash your hair often and/or use a lot of product. If your scalp and hair still feels dirty, go ahead and repeat this process. Just remember less is more and be gentle with the hair. Love your hair and treat it with kindness.