LBQ’s Top Tips: Do You Really Know How To Wash Your Hair?

There are certain things we just automatically presume we know how to do (such as brushing our teeth, combing our hair and taking a bath,) but have you ever wondered if your age old method is actually the best? Washing and conditioning our hair seems to be the simplest part of our routine and hard to get wrong, but you could be making some mistakes in the shower that have an impact on how your hair feels and looks when it’s dried. Lathering up and slapping on a hair mask may keep your locks looking half decent, but refining your routine can really make a difference. So, do you really know how to wash and condition your hair?

To make it super simple and easy to identify where you could be going wrong, I’ve broken the process down into little chunks. Here is my guide on how to get the perfect wash:

1. Distribute a 50p sized amount of shampoo through your thoroughly wet hair, ensuring you focus the product on the roots. It’s a common misconception to focus attention on ‘greasy’ roots, but the largest amount of dirt and product will actually build up on the ends and mid-lengths of hair.

2. Apply your shampoo in the direction of hair growth, smoothing it down the hair to smooth the cuticles. Don’t just chuck it onto your crown, especially if you have long hair.

3. Lather the shampoo without using circular or scrunching motions, which causes the hair to tangle. Not only will you cause knots in your hair, but it can damage the cuticle and create a rough surface which stops your hair from catching the light; put simply, your hair won’t be shiny.

4. Rinse well using luke warm water (excessive heat will have the same negative impact as using heated styling tools,) washing away the shampoo by combing your hair from root to tip with your hands.

5. Repeat again to ensure you get rid of all dirt and build up, avoiding being too rough with motions that could potentially irritate the scalp or stimulate grease production.

6. Add a touch of conditioner by squirting it first into the palm of your hand, distributing it thoroughly throughout the length in smoothing motions to the tip. Avoid applying conditioner to the roots, as this can cause hair to look lank and greasy.

7. Leave your conditioner on for at least two minutes (longer if possible,) allowing the nutrients to penetrate into the hair and condition from within. The longer you leave it on, the better the result.

8. Wash away your conditioner using luke warm water and the same motion you used to wash away the shampoo. Comb hair through to ensure there is no product remaining, and that there are no tangles present.

Who knew you needed an eight step guide to wash your hair! Will you be refining your technique or giving some of my tips a go?



  1. Elizabeth Riddle
    April 20, 2014 / 8:56 am

    These sound like great tips!! I will be definitely trying it out! (I often scrunch up my hair when applying shampoo… probs not the best thing..)Thanks for the tips!Little Beauty Blog Elizabeth x

  2. Sarah Barton
    April 20, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Ooh, I've always chucked it on the crown and scrubbed my hair round in one big pile – Will try this instead haha! x

  3. Anonymous
    April 20, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    o im quite proud of myself! I do this already 🙂 go me!Catherine x

  4. Aerin Downs
    April 20, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    THis is such a good post! xBerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  5. Anita AllThingsAnita
    April 20, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    ahh I never knew there was so much to do with the art of mastering how to wash hair! Will print this off and follow through tonight and see how I get on! Anita @ AllThingsAnita

  6. Beautykinguk
    April 20, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Great tips.Beautykinguk

  7. Loevens
    April 22, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I always brush my hair before washing it, otherwise I would end up a tangled mess. I actually already follow these steps, except for the combing after conditioner. I learned that hair is most brittle when wet, so I never comb my hair when wet. Really great

  8. Emmy
    April 25, 2014 / 5:42 am

    Great post! I will def follow these tips. It really made me think… do I really know how to wash my hair? Thanks for sharing these.

  9. Anonymous
    July 24, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    You literally posted this a couple of months ago…your readers wont just forget. Dont take us for fools.

    • Hayley Carr
      July 25, 2014 / 12:09 pm

      Who cares? It's my blog, I can post what I like when I like… And what's wrong with re-posting a great piece of content that was enjoyed previously? New readers discover the site all the time and old ones don't read everything I write. Get out the wrong side of bed maybe?

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