Tips For Washing, Shampooing, and Conditioning Your Thinning Hair

May 18th, 2017          Written by a Staff Member of Hair Loss in Women

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You may be weakening your hair everyday by the way that you care for it. Try these 11 tips for washing, shampooing, and conditioning and see if you find a difference in the health and look of your hair.

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1. Rinse Before You Shampoo With Warm Water

The first of our 11 tips for washing thinning hair is to rinse with warm water before you shampoo. Warm water will help remove sebum (a natural oil from your body), as well as dirt. In addition it will open the cuticle in your hair, which will help your hair absorb the oil from your conditioner. And when you shower, don’t run hot water through your hair. Hot water dehydrates your hair (just like your skin).

2. Shampoo Only At The Scalp

Our second tip for washing thinning hair is to only shampoo at the scalp. This is a very common mistake that most people are making. Your hair at the scalp is the youngest, and the oiliest, and requires more cleaning. The further away from your scalp, the older your hair is, the less oily, and the more likely it is to get damaged.

3. Condition Only The Ends

Our third tip for washing thinning hair is to only condition the ends. You don’t need conditioner at the scalp-that’s where the hair is naturally oiled by the sebum glands. The further away from the scalp is where your hair can become dry.

4. Use A Small Amount Of Shampoo

The fourth tip for washing thinning hair is to only use a small amount of shampoo. Especially if you are shampooing mainly your scalp, you don’t need a lot of shampoo. Many experts agree that you can use the size of a quarter, and more if you have a lot of hair.

5. Be Gentle!

Vigorous scrubbing can damage your hair’s cuticle, and can be especially damaging to your ends. Scrub your scalp and hair gently, and remember that if you’re trying to preserve your hair, don’t scrub your hair in circular motions, which can tangle it if you have longer hair, which can lead to hair being pulled out.

6. Shampoo Only Once

Only one shampooing is necessary. More than that can actually weaken your hair.

7. Leave Conditioner In

After conditioning your ends, you can leave the conditioner in so it absorbs thoroughly. The longer you leave it in, the healthier your ends will be.

8. Finish With A Cold Water Rinse

This is another step that many women don’t do. Cold water will close the hair’s cuticle, which will result in the most amount of shine in your hair. It might not sound enjoyable to finish your shower with cold water, but try it and see the difference!

9. Detangling Your Hair

If you have longer hair, use a wide tooth comb to remove tangles. Other brushes can pull your hair out.

10. Be Careful With Towel Drying!

Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel to dry it can damage the cuticle. Instead, be gentle and use a highly absorbent towel.

11. You Don’t Need to Wash Your Hair Every Day

Most experts recommend washing your hair 3 to 4 times per week. When you wash your hair daily, the natural oil from your scalp doesn’t reach your ends, which dries out your hair, making it more brittle and reducing it’s shine.


Do you have any tips for washing, shampooing, and conditioning you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.

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