How To Wash Your Hair


...and care for it, too! Because it may seem simple. A no brainer even- but there is a proper way to care for and wash your hair! Doing so will decrease the risk of damage, breakage and help your hair shine its brightest and look amazing time after time, wash after wash.


Is your hair troublesome, frizzy or lifeless? Feel like every day is a bad hair day? Tired of not knowing how to manage your hair let alone make it beautiful?

It's not your fault. I've been there, trust me. After years (and tears, might I add) of hair I had no clue how to care for, I've finally unlocked the technique for great hair on the regular. Before, I was incredibly frustrated. I just pulled my locks into a pony every single day. I didn't feel beautiful. I didn't feel complete. I didn't look polished. I should really love my hair, embrace it... I thought. That confidence was missing and it had a lot to do with (you guessed it!) my hair. 

So I did some research and combined with my background and my experience, (do you know how many haircare products this chick has made? that's another story...) I finally cracked the code. I absolutely love my hair now- it completes me. Gone are the days of bad hair. And the best part? It's so. darn. simple.


Want beautiful hair? Here's how. | Leigh Clair

photo by miguel reveriego for NET-A-PORTER


Everyone wants that Olsen twin thing to happen to their hair. Surprise, Surprise: it's really quite easy. The three of us have a few things in common when it comes to our hair routine. It's simple, low maintenance, and takes minimal effort. I recently read up on their best kept hair secrets and turns out, they really aren't secrets- more like  common sense new habits we can all apply to our own routine. 

I can't tell you how many times I was asked "How do I wash my hair?" "Yours looks great- what did you do to it?" when I worked with customers in the cosmetic retail biz. And although my initial reaction was seriously.... are you kidding?!  How do you wash your hair? Nope, they weren't kidding. When I explained to them that I did absolutely nothing to it (only following the steps below) they were in shock. And wanted the down-low. So here it is! 


DON'T WASH EVERY SINGLE DAY

Frizzy, dry hair got you down? You may be cleansing too much, which dries your hair and scalp out, stripping it of its natural oils. Those oils help define our natural texture and keep frizz at bay. To stay fresh in between, embrace dry shampoo. Your hair will thank you. 

BRUSH YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU SHOWER

If you have short to medium length hair or fine hair- skip this.

Got long, thick hair that's prone to tangles? A quick and GENTLE pre-brush detangles and saves time in the shower (been there, done that! ughhh!) I swear by my Mason Pearson- best brush ever. This step sets you up for an upcoming part of the routine...

SHAMPOO THE RIGHT WAY

This is the time when you really want to take special care of your scalp. Squeeze shampoo into your the palm of your hand- not directly on your head. Lather it between your hands to get it going then apply to your scalp, massaging it gently but with purpose. You want to lift debris, oil, and product build up from here. 

Treat your scalp to a nice, one minute massage- you deserve it! The foam you created on your scalp, should have by now traveled down the rest of your locks. Give those locks a good cleansing massage, too. You don't necessarily have to add more shampoo, but depending on the length and thickness of your hair, adding more may be necessary.

SQUEEZE AS MUCH WATER FROM YOUR HAIR BEFORE APPLYING CONDITIONER

This helps your conditioner do a better, more thorough job by adhering to your tresses. Apply conditioner mostly to the ends of your hair. It isn't really meant to be applied directly to your scalp because it can tend the leave it oily, especially if improperly rinsed. If you need to condition down to the roots of your hair, use sparingly. 

COMB YOUR CONDITIONER 

I've been doing this for years with a wide tooth comb. It's the only way I know my conditioner has done it's job! If the comb can glide through my hair without issue=mission accomplished. It works wonders by distributing product evenly, detangling, and really helps my waves POP instead of being destroyed. Comb now, waves later :) 

RINSE WITH WARM WATER THEN A COOL BURST

Get out all the product. Rinse really, really well to avoid that greasy look. The cool water will seal in shine (oh, and wake you up if you're still half asleep!) 

WRING YOUR HAIR OUT WITH YOUR HANDS

Gently remove as much water as possible before getting out of the shower. 

GENTLY PAT YOUR HAIR WITH A TOWEL TO REMOVE MORE WATER

Refrain from flipping your head over and then crazy hand/towel drying it. This would be the time to apply product, if you like- say a mousse or gel and work through with your fingers- especially for all you curly and wavy haired girls! I've had great results with this gel- which never leaves that crispy look to my hair. Thank goodness...

AIR DRY AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE

This is my best kept secret for healthy hair. It's what the Olsens do, too. We all know how damaging heat styling regularly is for our hair but it's hard- if not impossible to avoid completely, I know. 

If you have curls or waves, then avoid brushing when wet to keep your natural look intact (remember, comb in the shower after conditioning!)

If you have straight hair that requires brushing, then now is a good time to do so- wet hair is actually stronger than dry so you'll avoid breakage. 


And voila. That is how to master the art of washing your hair. It's so simple and easy to adopt into your routine. And remember, embrace what you've got. 

If you know someone who seems to be having a bad hair day, share this with them! If I've enlightened you, then go ahead, spread the love! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section, I'd love to help. And if you have any tips, please share away.