How to Wash Long Hair

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How to Wash Long Hair. It may seem like common sense to wash long hair just as you would any other hair, but washing long hair properly takes some extra consideration in order for it to look its best. Follow these steps to have clean, manageable and beautiful long hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Towel

Wet your hair thoroughly. Make sure it is soaked all the way through so the shampoo is able to suds up. If your hair isn't wet enough, it will be like trying to soap your hands without enough water--it won't work.

Squirt at least one tablespoon of shampoo into your palm. Rub it into both palms and then work it into your hair, starting at the roots and working your way to the ends. Massage the shampoo into your scalp and then loosely work it down the hair shaft. Scrubbing your hair wildly will cause it to tangle, so go slowly and gently.

Rinse out the shampoo well. Position your head so that the water hits at the crown first. Allow the water to saturate your hair, run your fingers through i, and then wring it out. Repeat until the shampoo has been completely rinsed.

Squirt a generous amount of conditioner in your palm. The amount will depend on your hair length and type. Straight, fine hair requires less conditioner than thick, curly hair. Rub both palms together to distribute the conditioner. Instead of working it into your scalp first, start at the ends and work upwards. Your hair should feel saturated and slippery.

Pile your hair on the top of your head. Take care of the rest of your shower routine while the conditioner soaks into your hair. Leave the conditioner on for at least three minutes.

Comb through your hair with a wide-tooth comb. This will help work out any tangles without damaging your hair. Working out the tangles after your shower could cause frizziness, whereas combing while the conditioner is still on your hair allows the conditioner to smooth out any disagreeable strands.

Rinse thoroughly. Tilt your head back and repeat the shampoo-rinsing procedure. This should be the last step of your shower routine. Once the conditioner is completely rinsed out, turn your water as cool as you can stand. Let the water shower over your hair for at least one minute, but up to three. This cool blast will encourage a healthy shine for your hair.

Wrap your hair in a towel to dry. Do not rub your hair with the towel or else you'll have a frizzy mess to deal with. Follow with your usual routine of either air or blow drying.

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