How to Wash Hair Properly (A Step By Step Ultimate Guide)

You must be washing your hair almost every day since childhood because your mother said so. You take a small portion of shampoo on your hand and apply it to your hair, massage, lather, rinse, and repeat until each strand is cleaned. After a while, you take a small coin-sized drop of conditioner and apply it to your strands and leave it for about 2 minutes minimum and then rinse it thoroughly. You must find you have a nice set of hair after this.

But what if you are told you have been following a wrong way of getting your hair washed since ages? Yes, there are different ways of washing hair. The correct way will give your hair the right amount of shine, bounce, and health. The wrong process may give least results by damaging your hair quality or by damaging your lovely locks. In this article, we will share with you some tips on hair wash and help you in finding the best shampoo and conditioner for you.

Different Hair Types and Hair Wash Tips

How To Wash Hair

​Hair defines your look and changes your appearance. It is important to have good quality hair to look good where ever you go. It is your accessory to your body. It enhances your beauty and makes you look good. There are different types of hair and all of them have different ways and different shampoo and conditioner. Using incorrect products may result in declining hair quality. The three main hair types are:

Oily Hair

Oily skin means oily hair. There is not much of a difference between your visible skin and scalp, excess secretion of oil makes both body areas oily.

Recognize it

  • Hair looks dull.
  • Within two days of shampoo, your hair will look greasy.
  • Excess secretion of oil results in dandruff which ultimately leads to hair fall.


  • Avoid using hot water on your hair as it will stimulate oil production.
  • Don’t run your fingers through your hair frequently as the oil might get transferred from the skin to the scalp.
  • Don’t oil massage regularly
  • Shampoo often.
  • Use diluted acid potions of lime, vinegar, cider, or even beer
  • Use herbal remedies. Don’t condition your roots.

Dry hair

Ineffective oil glands will lead to dry hair. Dry skin will correspond with dry hair. If your oil glands in your scalp doesn’t produce enough sebum, your scalp will be dry.

Recognize it

  • Excessive breakage of hair and loss.
  • Split ends will be present.
  • Overexposure to sun or use of harsh chemical compounds results in dry and frizzy hair.


  • Don’t shampoo daily as it will dry your hair further.
  • Avoid the use of flat irons
  • Regular hot oil massages.
  • Use home remedies like an avocado mask. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse.
  • Condition deep or go for leave in treatments.

Normal hair

One is lucky if he/ she have normal hair. They are not that easy to maintain and has the correct pH balance. This gives them natural shine and keeps them healthy. Maintaining them is a tuff task - precaution for cleaning, moisturizing, and nourishing it; avoid getting your hair exposed to the sun; etc. This is the most uncommon hair type to be found.

Recognize it

  • Least or no hair fall.
  • Minimum dandruff.
  • Natural shine and bounce.


  • Eat a balanced diet to maintain the hair type.
  • Use sulfate free shampoo.
  • Condition frequently.

How to determine your hair type?

Want to know what is your hair type? It is simple. On the second day after you wash your hair, dab a tissue on the scalp. See what happens. Here are different conditions that help you to determine what your hair type is.

  • Oil blot - Normal Hair.
  • Nothing - Dry Hair.
  • Strands stick to each other with a greasy feeling - Oily Hair

Difference in Men’s and Women’s Shampoo Routine

God made everyone unique and so feminine and masculine hair differ on some grounds. Men have short and clean trimmed hair while women have long and wavy hairs. They have differences in length, oiliness, moisture, dirt accumulation, etc., so the products and routine must also be different.

Men's Hair Wash Routine

Men have a number of oil glands that make them sweat more and cause the dust and dirt to stick to the hair strands. The male hormone secretes oil and thus makes the scalp oily. Women’s hair, on the other hand, secretes less oil. This makes the men to shampoo on a daily basis but the women can’t shampoo daily because the scalp will become dry. Also, the men product has all in one formula, having shampoo, conditioning, and moisturizing benefits because they are a little lazy and would not moisturize it separately. They have short hair that doesn’t need much conditioning so they can wash their hair daily with their products. Women’s long hair calls for daily nourishment and care and to protect over-drying, they can’t shampoo every day.

There is not much difference in the process to do shampoo. The major difference lies in the product for the two genders.

Shampoo and Conditioners for Different Hair Types

Different types and different issues of hair have different shampoo and conditioners for them. Different shampoos provide different nutrients and nourishment to your hair. You must choose the right shampoo that best suits your hair type and provides you the necessary vitamins.​

Should You Use Conditioner?

Conditioners add moisture to your shampoo dried hairs. Shaping and styling the hair after conditioning is easier as it calms your hair down. A leave-in conditioner is extremely helpful for extremely dry and brittle hair as it re-hydrates them. Although over-conditioning will make your hair look flat and lifeless, right conditioning will make the hair look softer and smoother. A conditioner also helps to detangle your hair. Shampoo, along with removing dirt, also removes oil from your scalp. Conditioner helps to regain the natural balance of oils. A good moisturizing shampoo and a conditioner must be used in combination.​

​Shampoo & Conditioner for Different Hair Types

Oily Hair

Dry Hair

Normal Hair

Gray Hair

Damaged Hair

Hair Loss

Colored Hair

Shampoos and Conditioners for Scalp Conditions

Scalp Acne

Seborrheic Dermatitis



Itchy Scalp


Step-by-step Hair Wash Guide

Correct time for hair wash

When do you wash your hair? Most people wash their hair in the morning or as and when they get time to do so. Had you ever thought that time matters while washing your hair? Is there even a correct time to wash your hair? Yes, there is. We had a talk with one specialist on the matter and he gave us the correct answer. You must wash your hair in the night. During the night, the hair gets sufficient time to dry naturally. It escapes the morning sun’s heat (the less heat, the better hair).

You might get grumpy at the thought of going to bed with wet hair or waking up in the morning with a crazy hair-do. Don’t worry much about it. Blow-dry it a little at low heat before going to bed, only leaving a little moisture. You can even style your hair overnight without any heat and be ready to get going in the morning as you don’t need to spend much of your time styling your hair again.

​Your hair swells when they dry. So to avoid any breakage of hair, don’t put up a ponytail when your hair is wet. Wash your hair at night and style them overnight for a flawless morning.

Steps to wash your hair

Good hair means good health. It is a sign that shows people how clean and tidy you are and how good you take care of yourself. Understanding which shampoo and conditioner are best for you and buying them is a task, so is understanding how to wash your hair. If you have bought the best products and you don’t know how to use them and wash your hair properly, they will show no additional results. By wrongly using the products, you can destroy your beautiful locks without even realizing. Here we will share with you the steps on how to wash hair. Read the points below and get ready to have really bouncy, shiny, and healthy hair for your next wash:

Step 1 - Combing

Step 2 - Removing the styling products

Step 3 - Rinsing

Step 4 - Conditioning before shampooing

Step 5 - Lather Up

Step 6 - Rinse again

Step 7 - Condition

Step 8 - Rinse again

Step 9 - Let it dry

Step 10 - Serum

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No shampoo? Don’t worry!

Get some amazing hacks for washing your hair without shampoo:​

  • First, rinse with baking soda and then rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar (50/50 ratio). Repeat it in every 5-7 days.
  • If you have straight hair with dandruff problem, squeeze a lemon in an equal amount of warm water, apply on the hair and leave it for 10 minutes. Then rinse.
  • Add ¼ cup of clay in water and massage your wet hairs for 5 minutes and then rinse. You can add essential oils for fragrance. Use kaolin clay for normal or dry hair and green clay for oily hair.
  • Use the conditioner the way you use it if you have normal or dry hair.

These are some tips if you run out of shampoo and all stores are closed. They leave the same results that shampoo gives.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

It depends on your hair type that defines how often should you wash your hair. If you have thick and curly hair, you can go a number of days without washing, whereas a thin hair needs wash frequently.

You should not wash your hair daily as your hair will be ripped of the essential nutrients and it will make the hair dry. So, washing 3-4 times a week will help get rid of dirt and keep the hair healthy.​

Common Mistakes While Washing Your Hair

You might be making some mistake while washing. Here is a list to make you cautious, the next time you wash your hair:​

  • Not knowing your hair type - If you don’t know what your hair type is, you will not understand what does your hair actually want and end up using any product. This will cause either in drying or greasing your hair in excess and cause breakage.
  • Incorrect temperature - If the water is too hot or too cold, you will end up damaging your hair due to extreme temperature. The need of warm water is already discussed above.
  • Skipping conditioner - Conditioner provides essential oils to the hair, detangles, and makes it silkier. Not applying conditioner will cause hair breakage.
  • Rushing the process - It takes some time for your hair to absorb the oil from the shampoo and conditioner. If you are too quick with the routine, your hair will be dull with no added nutrients.

Experts Speak

According to an interview of TODAY Style with celebrity hair stylists, they found out some expert advice and tips on hair care. Experts say that knowing your hair type and washing your hair in the correct manner, accelerate the flow of blood in your scalp and keep your hair healthy and shiny.

Guys or girls must wash their hair twice to thrice a week. If there is a day when you sweat much or your hair needs a wash, just use the conditioner or a cleansing cream and it will do the needful.

Use good quality conditioner as will not weigh your hair down. Using gentle and plant-based products for your hair as chemicals may lead to hair breakage. Know your hair type and follow the step to wash your to have a bouncy, shiny, healthy, and flawless looking hair. You can comb your hair through the conditioner to prevent knots.

Shampoo and conditioner are indicated to use for different portions of the head. Shampoos are meant for cleaning the scalp in the shower and then slightly move towards the end. Conditioners can damage the scalp by accelerating it to produce more oil and so it must be used from the mid-lengths to the end.

Don’t stick to any particular brand, keep changing the product brands so that your hair doesn’t get used to any particular brand. These are some expert advice for best hair wash and care.​

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  1. Priyanka Prajapati December 28, 2018
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