How to wash your hair (like a hairdresser)
Good hair is all in the wash. Sure, a great haircut and styling technique play a big part. But trust us, there’s a reason that your hair looks so incredible after you visit the salon. Think of it this way; a good wash provides the base for the rest of your style.
Here are our salon secrets for perfecting your at-home hair washing technique:
Temperature is important. Exposing your hair to super hot, or scalding water can leave it looking dry and limp. We like to keep things on the cooler side of warm; this opens the cuticle, which removes product residue and lets your products work their magic. If you’re game, try finishing up with a cold rinse to will close the hair cuticle and seal in moisture for extra shine.
Don’t scrub too harshly. The trick to perfecting a salon head massage at home is to keep things light. The health of your hair begins at the scalp, so don’t massage with too much pressure or use your nails! Too much friction can also damage the shaft of your hair, leading to frizz and damage. Start by massaging your scalp lightly with your fingertips, using vertical motions, and work your way around your head to the the base of your neck. The same rule goes when you get out of the shower – gently squeeze your hair to remove excess water instead of rubbing vigorously with a towel.
Rinse and repeat. It’s important to perfect your shampoo and conditioning technique. Start with a water rinse and make sure that your hair is completely wet before applying shampoo. Then lather gently, but keep it to your scalp. Feel free to rinse and repeat only if your hair is extremely dirty, or full of product residue. If you’re going to implement two consecutive washes, make sure you’re using a gentle shampoo to avoid stripping the hair. We love the Kevin.Murphy washes and rinses, which are paraben and sulfate free.
Nourish. Follow up with your favourite nourishing conditioner, applying a small amount from the middle of your hair to the ends. Work it in gently and use a wide tooth comb to gently de-tangle before rinsing. Be careful not to leave either shampoo or conditioner in your hair for too long, as this can lead to residue build up, and dull hair.
Professional products. We use the highest quality products at our salon basins, for the best results. Investing in professional products to use at home can be game changing for your hair. Ask your stylist for a shampoo and conditioner combo that suits your hair type to seriously boost your at-home results.