Are You Washing Your Hair The Right Way?

Are You Washing Your Hair The Right Way?


How To Shampoo Your Hair Properly from Robert Byrne Hairdressing Salon in Navan, County Meath

One of the reasons that your hair looks (and feels) so good after a trip to our salon in Navan is because we understand that the key to happy hair is a well-executed shampoo. You read that right. There is, in fact, a wrong way to wash your hair – and doing so can take those strands from silky and shiny to dull and lifeless.

However, it’s never too late to start stepping up your shampoo game. Here are some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them…

You are probably washing your hair too often.

The not-so-secret secret of the world’s best tressed? They don’t wash their hair nearly as often as you would think. Most young women today wash their hair way too much. Three times a week is sufficient for most hair types. If this seems counter-intuitive, consider this: your hair actually produces more oil when washed too frequently. So, funnily enough, how to wash your hair the right way may include not washing it much at all.

You shower in piping-hot water.

As relaxing as a steamy shower might be, exposing your strands to super-high temperatures leaves them looking dry and lifeless. There is no exact temp that has been proven ideal, but it is preferable to keep it on the cooler side as it helps lock in the moisture and benefits your hair in the long-run.

You are scrubbing your scalp.

Since healthy hair begins at the scalp, being extra gentle when washing at the root is of utmost importance. Do not use your nails or massage the scalp too harshly. You want to apply minimal pressure. Your scalp might naturally feel it, but it is not as dirty as you think. That said, two rounds of gentle, non-abrasive shampooing usually does the trick to clean your scalp – the first is purely to remove build-up.

Your shampoo isn’t right for your hair type.

Shampoo is not in your hair for that long, so it doesn’t really matter what kind you use, right? Wrong. As with skin care, it is all about identifying your hair type and choosing a formulation best suited for your needs.  If you have got oily hair, consider a purifying shampoo and steer clear of those that are overly-hydrating or moisturizing. A light clarifying shampoo can be good to use occasionally – just be sure to use it sparingly so it doesn’t dry out your scalp.

If your hair is on the other side of the spectrum, i.e. dry, opt for the opposite. Smoothing, moisturising formulas are for you. Coarse hair also benefits from shampoos with these attributes. Look for labels that say ‘hydrating’. Using a shampoo that has moisture in it will make your hair more manageable. What’s not to love about that? And if your hair is on the fine side, a gentle shampoo should be your go-to. Use a small amount as not to weigh down strands.

You aren’t patient with your conditioner

Patience is a virtue – especially when it comes to conditioning. Unlike shampoo, it’s not about a quick massage and rinse. You should start applying conditioner from mid-shaft downward towards the ends – not at the roots. While the product is still in your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. You should leave the conditioner in for three to five minutes.

You are too harsh on your post-shower strands.

You may be out of the shower, but your job isn’t done just yet. The way you treat your hair post-wash is vital to its overall health and appearance. After you towel-dry, it is always good idea to put some sort of protectant in – especially if you plan on using a hot tool. Remember, if you do plan on using a hot tool, you should never use it on hair that is even slightly damp. Hair needs to be fully dry before applying such heat. But you knew that! Keep an eye on our news section for more top tips or find out more information about our range of products at our salon in Navan.