A step by step guide on how to correctly wash your hair

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We all know how to wash our hair, right? Well, actually probably not!

We’re sorry to say but we’ve all probably been washing our hair wrong our entire life.

VIP Magazine sat down with Trichologist and Stylist Clare Devereux to learn how to wash our hair properly.

“I know how important it is to have your hair washed properly before you start styling. It’s the base to making sure your hair sits well when it’s styled,” she tells us.

Here are her top tips for washing your hair correctly…

Step One

Wet your hair thoroughly with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot, as it can damage your hair and scalp.

Step Two

Apply a euro size amount of shampoo to your palm and lather it up. The amount of shampoo depends on the length & thickness of your hair. The longer and thicker your hair you will need a little more product. Start by applying the shampoo to your scalp, as this is where most of the dirt, oil, and product buildup accumulates.

Step Three

Gently massage your scalp using your fingertips, not your nails. Focus on using circular motions to stimulate blood flow and effectively cleanse the scalp. This step helps to remove excess oil and debris.

Step Four

Rinse your hair thoroughly, ensuring that all the shampoo is washed out. Leaving shampoo residue in your hair can lead to dullness and product buildup.

Step Five

Repeat this action again. One shampoo is not enough if it’s more than two days since you last washed your hair.

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Step Six

Apply conditioner to the middle ends of your hair. Avoid applying it directly to your scalp, as this can make your hair look greasy. From the middle ends massage the conditioner onto your ends then lastly towards your root area. Conditioner helps to moisturise and detangle your hair, making it smoother and more manageable.

Step Seven

Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes, following the instructions on the product label. This allows the conditioner to penetrate and nourish your hair. Use a wide tooth comb to comb through your Conditioner. This will help to evenly distribute the product and makes it easier to remove tangles.

Step Eight

Rinse your hair again, making sure to remove all the conditioner. Leaving any residue behind can weigh down your hair and make it feel limp.

Step Nine

Gently squeeze out excess water from your hair using a soft towel. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this can cause frizz and damage your hair.

Step Ten

Style your hair as desired using a comb or brush. I always advise using a wide-toothed comb to minimise breakage and damage.

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Should you wash the ends of your hair?

Yes, you should! However, when you’re shampooing your hair, it’s important to focus on cleansing the scalp rather than the ends of your hair. The scalp produces natural oils that can build up over time, leading to greasiness and potential scalp issues.

By massaging the shampoo into your scalp, you effectively remove excess oil and product buildup. Then you can bring the shampoo gently through your ends. When you start rinsing your hair, the shampoo will naturally flow down the strands, cleansing them as well.

So usually it’s not necessary to apply shampoo directly to the ends of your hair. However, if your hair is very long you may need to do that.


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