How often do you wash your hair, and how many times do you wash while showering?
If you're only washing it once, you're doing it wrong — or so says stylist Amy, whose viral TikTok explaining proper hair washing has me rethinking my whole life.
"Are you shampooing your hair throroughly enough? And why should you shampoo your hair twice? After wetting your hair, distribute the shampoo evenly over the top layer. Use the pads of your fingers to clean your scalp."
Okay, so we're not putting shampoo anywhere but our scalps. Got it.
"You should feel like you’re cleaning your head, rather than your hair. You’ll probably notice the first shampoo doesn’t lather up as much as the second."
Honestly, this makes a lot of sense to me. I have dry ends, and they do NOT need all that shampoo!
"Pass the residual suds over the ends of your hair. This is enough to clean the ends, unless you have a lot of product or dirt to remove. Help the water pass through your hair to rinse away the dirt by gently lifting it from your scalp. "
"The first shampoo will remove the dirt and oil from your scalp."
The first one will get rid of built up product, oils, and anything else you may have picked up over the course of your day.
"The second shampoo will cleanse and nourish."
Once all the dirt is out, it's time to actually exfoliate and cleanse your hair and scalp! Work your fingers back in to your hair and give yourself a solid scalp massage. You deserve it.
"Some people will argue not to shampoo twice as it removes natural oils. By focusing on your scalp, you’re cleaning away the sebum created by the skin on your scalp. This in turn will lead to a healthier scalp and ultimately, healthier hair."
You know your hair best, but Amy recommends a baseline of 2-3 times a week for hair cleaning. I actually prefer two — my hair is very dry, and I try to let my own oils nourish my hair as much as possible.
This method may work on Amy's hair, but it may not work on yours. If you have dry skin, dry hair, or oily hair, adjust her advice accordingly. And don't forget to condition your hair after you're done!
Check out all of Amy's advice right here! She's an ex-hairstylist with lots of advice for your hair, so give her a follow if you're looking to change up your hair routine.
What do you think of her advice? Would you try it out? Let me know!