How To Wash Your Hair Properly in 5 Easy Steps
By: Kenra Professional
Washing your hair is easy, right? You just grab some shampoo and conditioner and wash, rinse, condition, rinse, and repeat. Well, a proper shampooing and conditioning routine might be a little bit more complicated than that. Sure, the basic steps are the same, but there are a couple of super common mistakes that you could be making that are keeping you from having the best hair of your life.
Today, we are going to unpack the key steps to a proper hair washing routine. By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly which products to use, how often to use them, and a couple of tips and tricks that will make you look like you just walked off the runway. Say goodbye to bad hair days and hello to gorgeous, shiny, voluminous, red-carpet-worthy hair.
1. How Often Should You Shampoo and Condition?
One of the most common mistakes people make is washing their hair too frequently. Shampooing every day will quickly dry out your hair and cause your scalp to overproduce oil. If you are a daily washer, then it is time to switch things up.
Try to only wash your hair two to three times a week. If your roots get a bit oily in between washes, spray your roots with a dry shampoo to hold you over.
2. Find the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair
Shampoo and conditioner are not a one size fits all hair product. You need to use a shampoo and conditioner that target your hair’s specific needs and work with your hair’s texture, not against it. Each hair type has unique needs.
For example, if you have super curly hair, you need a shampoo and conditioner that boosts moisture. However, if you have super straight hair, an uber moisturizing formula might possibly weigh your hair down. Here is everything you need to know about selecting the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
If you have a gorgeous head of curls, you should use the Kenra Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. The added hydration will help define your curls and leave your hair bouncy, luscious, and shiny.
Super Fine Straight Hair
If your hair is super straight and fine, then you should try the Kenra Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This special formulation will help create body and up to 30% more volume. You can transform your hair from flat to full with just one wash by switching to this shampoo.
Color Treated Hair
Do you color your hair? Then you should be using the Kenra Color Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner will work for all types of color-treated hair to maintain up to 67% of color between services.
That’s about 35 washes without fading your dye job. With the amount of time, effort, and money you spend to color your hair, you should be using color-protecting shampoo and conditioner to preserve your color for as long as possible.
Blonde Hair That Is Turning Yellow
Has your blonde hair begun to develop a bit of a yellow or orange tint? Unfortunately, this is super common with bleached hair—yes, even when the color was done by a professional colorist. Brassy tones are just par for the course when it comes to bleached blondes. Luckily, you can correct this issue with an easy change in your wash routine.
Use the Kenra Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner to instantly eliminate brassy tones and increase your blonde’s brightness by up to 80%. A brightening wash routine can do all this while preventing oil buildup so that you don’t have to wash as frequently, in turn extending the life of your blonde hair even further.
Brittle Hair That's Prone To Breakage
Is your hair dry, damaged, or brittle to the point of split ends and breakage? Hair can become damaged for a multitude of reasons, including bleaching, overuse of heat tools, a dry climate, or several other things. Once your hair gets this way, you need to act fast to repair it by switching to the Kenra Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner to reduce breakage by fortifying the strands from the inside out.
3. A Deep Conditioning Masque for Every Need
Now that you have discovered the perfect shampoo and conditioner for the specific needs of each hair type, you may also want to bulk up your wash routine by rotating in a hair masque every now and then. Hair masques are a great way to give your hair a tiny boost when it looks dull or dry. It’s like a face mask, but for your hair.
To Give Your Hair a Subtle Boost
One of the most versatile hair masques is the Kenra Nourishing Masque. This hair masque is great for all hair types. Simply use it in place of your conditioner, letting it sit on your hair for five to 10 minutes before rinsing to allow the masque to work its magic. This masque is color safe and will revitalize your hair leaving it silky smooth, hydrated, and healthy.
To Boost Your Blonde
If you are battling brassy tones, then you should try the Kenra Brightening Treatment. This deep conditioning treatment will instantly tone your hair while also deeply hydrating to revitalize dry, bleached ends. Simply use this treatment in place of your conditioner up to two times a week for dramatically brighter, more hydrated blonde locks.
To Repair and Strengthen Weak Hair
For weak, damaged hair, we recommend you use our Strengthening Treatment to help stop breakage in its tracks. This intensive repairing treatment can reduce up to 99% of breakage, giving you visibly healthier-looking hair after just one use. Use this in combination with our Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner, and your hair will bounce back in no time.
4. Tips for Washing Success
Now that you have the low down on products, here are some ways you can improve your washing technique.
Leave Your Conditioner in Longer
Even if you are not using a hair mask, you can always benefit from leaving your conditioner in for a bit longer. Conditioner works to moisturize your hair which takes more than a couple of seconds. Try applying your conditioner and then leaving it in for five or more minutes.
This is a great time to wash your body and detangle your hair in the shower with a brush or wide-tooth comb. Not only will this give your conditioner more time to do its job, but it will also make your tangles much easier to comb out.
Use Lukewarm Water
Hot water is the enemy of healthy hair. Yes, a scorching hot shower feels good, but it can fade your hair color and dry out your hair. This is because hot water opens up your hair’s cuticle, where moisture and dye are stored. Try only to use lukewarm or cold water to rinse your hair. You may even find this to be a refreshing end of the shower ritual.
Once you are done washing your hair, ring the water out with your fingers. Next, use your towel to gently squeeze the water from your hair. Never rub the towel on your hair. This can cause unwanted frizz due to the intense friction. A small adjustment in your drying routine can make all the difference.
5. Prep Your Hair for Styling
Even after you have washed your hair, the process of a proper wash is not quite complete. You will need to add a bit of product depending on how you want to style your hair.
Heat Protectant Spray
If you plan to use any heat styling tools such as a blow dryer, flat iron, or curler, then it is vital that you first spray your hair down with a heat protectant spray. This will keep your hair from getting damaged from the heat and help to leave you with a flawless end result. Kenra has several great options like Color Maintenance Thermal Spray 11 or Thermal Styling Spray 19
The best way to preserve your hair’s health is to let it air dry. This will also give you a super natural, effortless finish. To speed up the process, tame flyaways, and enhance your hair’s natural body, try our Kenra Platinum Air Dry Crème 6. Simply work the crème through your hair from scalp to end, and then let it dry the natural way.
Wrapping It Up
Congrats, now you are a hair washing pro! You will be amazed by the difference a change in wash routine can make. Get ready for some seriously good hair days.
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