A Guy’s Guide to Proper Hair Washing
Now you are probably thinking “what’s there to know?” You have washed your hair your entire life, is it possible that you have been doing it wrong for decades?
Well, it is, but you’re not the only one. Most of the men I know have a clear and “unmistakable” routine: hop in the shower and then shampoo, rinse and repeat, until the hair is clean and grease-free. In the best case scenario, they even use a conditioner. This ritual actually isn’t doing your hair any favours. There is so much more to know about hair washing apart from just how to do it – from choosing the right shampoo, to how often should you do it.
Here is a comprehensive guide about hair washing that will help you elevate your hair game.
Know Your Hair Type
Colour isn’t the only thing that makes your hair different from the other guy’s. Knowing your hair type will not only help you determine which products you should use, but also how often should you wash your hair. There are 5 basic hair types:
- Normal hair is neither oily nor dry and it is easy to manage. There are no issues with texture or thickness.
- Dry/damaged hair is fragile, weak and prone to breakage. It lacks natural moisture and feels rough to the touch.
- Oily/greasy hair is shiny and feels slippery when you touch it.
- Thick hair is heavy looking and highly textured.
- Fine/thin looks lifeless and lacks volume.
- Wild/flyaway hair is difficult to manage and frizzy with inconsistent texture.
Chose the Right Hair Products
Now that you know what type of hair you are dealing with, you should have a clearer image of what kind of hair products would work best for you. Normal hair is the only one that fits into that “for all hair types” scenario. If you have dry hair you should stay clear of alcohol-based products and look for moisturising formulas.
Greasy hair doesn’t tolerate waxy creams and additives. Instead, search for balancing formulas designed for oily hair. For thick hair, you should avoid products that add volume, and go easy on the conditioner.
With fine and thin, it is vice versa, and keep your wild hair under control with frizz-removal sprays.
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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
The answer to this question also depends on your hair type. Fine hair usually feels oily much faster than thick hair does, and has a tendency to lose volume quickly. It should be washed daily. The same goes for oily hair. Thick and dry hair types do not get oily as fast, so you can wash them every 2 or 3 days, but they do often feel lifeless, so you should still use a conditioner daily. Wild, curly or wavy hair should be washed every 3 days.
A Proper Way to Wash
Now, onto the proper way to wash your hair.
Use appropriate amount of shampoo (as little as you can, as much as necessary). Rub it into your hair and gently massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers. This will stimulate the blood flow and keep your hair lively and healthy. Keep doing this for about 30 seconds, then rinse. Apply the same amount of the conditioner and coat your hair, starting about a quarter inch from the scalp, and don’t go all the way down to the scalp. Leave the conditioner for no less than 3 minutes and rinse.
The benefits of great shampoo and proper hair washing technique go way beyond the obvious (removing the dirt and oil) and include cleaning the pores, removing the dead cells of the scalp and improving circulation.