Do You Know How to Wash Your Hair Properly? 6 Common Mistakes

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
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It's possible that you’re either not washing your hair well or you’re using the wrong thing to wash your hair with.

Many of you have commented that you hate your hair or can’t get it to look nice, and a big part of that reason could be because you’re making these hair-washing mistakes.

So, let’s fix it today! I’m going to go through the top 10 mistakes in your hair wash routine and show you how to properly wash your hair. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Shampoo
  • Scalp exfoliator or shampoo brush
  • Conditioner
Wetting hair

1. Not wetting your hair enough 

Your hair needs to be soaked for the shampoo to work properly. If you have low-porosity hair, it will seem like the water is just rolling off of it.

My husband has this hair type, and his hair is so glossy, shiny, and thick that it doesn’t really get wet.

It’s super important, even with low porosity hair, that your hair is soaked for your shampoo to do its job, so spend a little extra time under the water before you start shampooing.

Wetting hair

Here’s a tip for you. Separate your strands so that the water has a chance to wet everything through, even the hair down at the nape of the neck.

Shampooing hair

2. Using a low-quality shampoo

So many people are looking for amazing hair results without using the product that will give it to them. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t work like that.

If you want amazing hair, you need three things: Great products, awesome tools, and effective styling techniques. It starts with the products.

Everything starts at the scalp, and it’s critical that you take care of it if you want to have great hair results.

The shampoo I use has hyaluronic acid, vitamins b3 and b5, and uses aloe vera leaf juice to provide multilevel hydration and skincare for your scalp.

Shampooing hair

3. Focusing the shampoo on the ends and not the roots

Hair grows from the scalp and the oils are being produced from the scalp as well.

When shampooing, you want to focus all of that product right there and you want to make sure not to neglect the nape or the mid-head where the hair density tends to be higher and there’s more of a build-up of oil.

Double shampoo

4. Only doing one shampoo

If you haven’t tried double shampooing before, now is your time to try it. It’s going to make a huge difference. 

Shampooing hair

The first shampoo is going to get rid of build-up, oil, and dirt. It will pick up all of that stuff and it will hardly lather. Have you ever noticed that?

If your hair is dirty, you will get almost no lather on the first shampoo.

Now take the time to rinse it all the way through and then shampoo again. 

Shampooing hair

That second shampoo will create a really foamy lather, and this is where you’re going to get a really great cleanse.

The first shampoo takes the oil away. The second shampoo really cleanses the hair.

If you have build-up on your hair, try double shampooing every single time you wash your hair, and you will notice that your hair is much, much lighter.

Exfoliating scalp

5. Not exfoliating your scalp

Your scalp is skin, and just like we need to exfoliate our face weekly to get rid of that dead skin, we need to exfoliate our scalp. This gives us a great environment for those hair follicles to grow and flourish. 

Exfoliating scalp

You can buy specific scalp exfoliators to do this, or you can get a shampoo brush which has these little prongs on them that stimulates the scalp.

Or, if you don’t want to do any of that, you can use your fingertips to really massage the head. Really take the time to fully massage and penetrate your scalp in the shower with shampoo.

Applying conditioner

6. Applying conditioner when your hair is too wet

This is the opposite of the shampoo mistake. You want that conditioner to deeply penetrate, and hair is like a sponge.

If it’s totally full of water, the conditioner can’t do as good of a job. You don’t have to be a diva about it and get out of the shower or dry your hair with a towel but take a second to wring the water out of your hair before applying your conditioner. 

How to properly wash your hair

Now you know how to properly use shampoo and conditioner, and you can get out of the shower and get ready for the day!

Let me know which of these mistakes you’ve been making and if any of these tips help you love your hair even more.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my Tips on How to Look Good Without Makeup.

Products used:

Suggested materials:
  • Shampoo
  • Scalp exfoliator or shampoo brush
  • Conditioner

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