Are you washing your hair properly?

I’m a firm believer in doing what ever the hell you want when it comes to beauty, this isn’t a “right and wrong way” to wash your hair, it’s just the way i do it. So while I’m not trying to convince you this is the right way, i am hoping it’ll convince you to maybe switch up the most boring aspect of any beauty routine (other than shaving your legs, of course).

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For years i couldn’t understand why only 24 hours after washing my hair, it felt greasy all over again.  It wasn’t thin, limp or fine or any of the other attributes you’d attach to normally greasy hair and after several attempts at googling my issues, i was convinced i had some sort of incurable hair disease, seriously.

This was until i was sitting in the chair at the hairdressers, aged 17, neck firmly pressed into the hair washing bowl when the girl asked “Two shampoos, yeah?”, i felt like i had gone through a shampoo epiphany. I thought back to every time i’d get a wash, cut and blow dry and discuss with my friends the magic shampoo they must use to get my hair to feel like it did; it was in that moment (my shampoo epiphany) that i realised it wasn’t the shampoo they were using, it was how they were using it. 

I had known for years that when i’d go to the hairdressers they would shampoo twice, but for some crazy reason i had never thought of doing it at home – probably because i was under 17 and in previous years you could say, less than enthusiastic about extensive beauty routines. From that point onwards i have shampooed my hair twice every single time i wash it, and i’d never go back. 


  • With risk of stating the obvious, first things first i wet my hair; my hair is really thick so i often found that if i didn’t spend enough time doing an initial rinse, parts of my hair would still be dry so i have to make sure my entire head of hair is saturated. Warm water will also help to open the cuticle too, which aids with washing and getting rid of dirt. 

First shampoo: 

  • Once my hair is completely saturated i do the first shampoo, i use a tiny amount, just spread it across my scalp and rub it in loosely. The initial shampoo is used to get rid of buildup, like product, dirt or dead skin; the shampoo won’t really lather up and i rinse this off straight away. The initial shampoo won’t lather properly because your hair isn’t ready to be fully cleansed yet, this is where people often go wrong if they shampoo once – you may find you don’t get a lather and just apply more and more shampoo which won’t really make much difference. 

Second shampoo: 

  • I rinse off the first shampoo so all of the product and build up is removed, and then using a really small amount of shampoo (somewhere between the size of a 20p and a 2p) i rub it into the top of my scalp and i immediately get a really good lather. I take another small amount of shampoo and go from underneath my hair at the nape of my neck, like i said i have really thick hair so shampooing from the top usually doesn’t reach all the way through my hair. I also bring any shampoo left on my hands down the lengths of my hair, but i don’t use any extra for this. 


  • I rinse the lengths of my hair and gently squeeze out any excess water and apply my conditioner; conditioner works much better on damp hair so if your hair is still really wet when you apply conditioner you won’t see the full benefits.

Final rinse:

  • I always start off rinsing with warm water and gradually turn the water temperature colder and colder, I’m not really sure whether this is like a recommend thing but apparently it helps with shine so.. 

Products i use:

If you’ve never shampooed twice i’d really recommend trying it if you’ve got thick hair like me, i do want to point out that washing twice isn’t always necessary and sometimes once is better, but it completely depends on the person and hair type. If you’ve been struggling with thick hair that you can never seem to get properly clean, double shampooing could be for you! 

Do you have any hair washing tips and tricks? – Maria x



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  1. March 23, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    You know, I had never thought of doing 2 shampoos! I also never thought of squeezing out excess water before using my conditioner – I am definitely trying those things next time I wash my hair!

    Lynnsay x

    • March 23, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Omg i hope it works well for you! I haven't known the conditioner thing for long but it actually makes sense when you think about the conditioner kind of clinging to hair if you get what i mean? hahaha x

  2. March 23, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Dear Maria,

    First things first: I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!!
    I have very thin hairand I wish I would have more and thicker hair (but you always want to have those things you dont have haha)

    I also shampoo twice and my tip would be to use the shampoo only on your hairline and conditioner only on your tips šŸ™‚
    Also I learned that its better to dry your hair if you gently squeeze with a towl (and not to rub it dry)

    Xx Sarah

    • March 23, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you! Yeah i always only shampoo the top and condition the ends, otherwise it can all be too much! x

  3. March 23, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    I can never be bothered to shampoo twice but I suppose I really should start giving it a go x


    • March 23, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      It's really not much effort at all, the first shampoo literally takes seconds and it makes such a difference to my hair! x

  4. March 23, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I've never thought of shampooing twice before but I can see the sense in the idea so I'll try it tomorrow! Excited to see if it works for me now. X


    • March 23, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Yess if you think about it we always talk about double cleansing our skin so why not our hair, i hope it works out well for you! x

  5. March 23, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    For some reason, I've always used two lots of shampoo!! Never really thought differently! I seem to be quite alone in this haha! XD x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

    • March 23, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      I'd never go back now that i've done it for years, i see so much of a difference between two and one shampoos! x

  6. March 23, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Yay we are "washing" buddies I'm doing it just like you. The only thing is I'm not turning my water colder at the end. I always find 2 washes work amazing because my hair is thicker to and it just needs it.
    Lea, xx

    • March 23, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      aw yaaay, i definitely think it's something for thick haired people, one wash just doesn't cut it! x

  7. March 23, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    First I was concerned if I wash my hair properly, but with a big relief I can say yes, I do wash my hair properly. Thank for this post.

    Michelle Morchella

    • March 24, 2017 / 10:50 am

      hahahah this made me laugh, always good to have confirmation! x

    • March 24, 2017 / 10:53 am

      You're not alone i think most people only shampoo once but its definitely worth giving it ago and seeing if it works for you! x

  8. March 24, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I always shampoo twice? I didn't think it was a weird thing it all! If I shampoo once my hair always goes greasy way to fast.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • March 26, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      You'd be surprised at how many people don't! I love it, i'd never go back to only shampooing once x

    • March 29, 2017 / 11:13 am

      ahaha or nothing! Its true, with my hair shampooing once is like not doing it at all! x

  9. March 26, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I had to double wash my hair yesterday because it was basically coated in a full can of dry shampoo and MY GOD my hair was the softest it's been in so long! Such a coincidence I stumbled across this post today but I'm definitely going to be shampooing twice more often, it really does make a difference!

    • March 29, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Yesss it makes such a huge difference, i'd never go back to washing just once! x

  10. March 28, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I found this blog post strangely interesting! I also have thick hair so I'll definitely be giving this a go! Great blog post x

    • March 29, 2017 / 11:15 am

      hahaha thank you! Definitely give it a go, you'll love it! x

  11. March 29, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I need to start trying this. I have never done two shampoos before except for when I'm trying to wash coconut oil out of my hair. I feel like I'm quite lucky though as my hair doesn't tend to get greasy until the 3rd or 4th day! I'm definitely trying this next šŸ™‚

    Charlotte |

    • March 31, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      omg you're so lucky if it takes your hair that long to go greasy! You might not even need shampoo twice but its worth a try! x

  12. March 31, 2017 / 12:31 am

    I had to find out this the hard way too, until I read somewhere about double shampooing. I do it once a week so that my hair doesn't dry out (flakes are not good, guys!) and so that my scalp doesn't want to produce even more oil, because it's dry. If that makes any sense, haha. x

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
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    • March 31, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      Yeah i know what you mean! My hair never really gets dry so its okay but i can see how double shampooing would help once a week! x

  13. April 4, 2017 / 9:43 am

    this post helped me so much!! I've always struggled with my hair being forever greasy and never had I thought about doing two shampoo's but my god it's so much softer and looks so healthy now! Thank you!xx

    • April 4, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      omg thats so great to hear, i'm so happy it was helpful for you! yayyyy for clean hair!! x

  14. April 7, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Ive taken this advice and it has changed my hair so much! So much more life to it! X

  15. April 13, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    This is exactly how I wash my hair, I am glad I have been doing it right all this time! haha. You have a lovely blog here too by the way, well done on all your hard work pretty lady! x

    • April 20, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      aw thank you so much for your lovely comment, glad to know I'm not alone in the double shampooing! x

  16. April 17, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I have actually gone the opposite route with great results and switched to cowashing and eliminating shampoo from my routine with the exception of once a week to get rid of any build up. Its been great!

    Britt |

    • April 20, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      I kind of tried that too! Even now though i only wash my hair twice a week anyway so it's not too much x

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