How to Keep Your Hair Clean

by Joan Russell ; Updated September 28, 2017

It is important to keep your hair clean as clean hair is better for your health and your appearance. Clean hair starts with a healthy scalp. Pay attention to they types of shampoos and conditioners you use depending on the type of hair you have dry or oily hair. You should limit exposure to the sun and wear a hat when in the sun for long periods of time. Finally if you have dandruff use a good dandruff shampoo to control it.

You do not need to wash your hair every day. In fact, washing your hair every day drys out your hair and scalp. Your scalp produces natural oils to keep hair and skin healthy. Too much washing can strip away the oils. Washing your hair at least three times a week or even every other day is better for your health.

Wash your hair after exercises like swimming or when it gets dirty, oily and tangled. Use a good shampoo for the type of hair you have. Your local hairdresser or even pharmacist can help you select the right products to use. Brush your hair and try to remove all tangles and kinks before you wash it. Slowly wet your scalp and add the shampoo. Use your knuckles or fingertips to massage your scalp.

Apply the shampoo to the top of your head massaging it into a rich lather. Always work toward the end of the hair line to bring in all strands of hair. Rinse all hair throughly to avoid leaving shampoo in your hair. Squeeze excessive water from your hair and use a towel to blot or rub your head gently. Do not rub vigorously with a towel after washing, as hair breaks easily.

For extra clean hair, use a teaspoon of baking soda with your favorite shampoo. You can mix the two in your hand when in the shower or at the sink. Shampoo as you usually do and rinse well. The baking soda removes buildup of shampoo, conditioners, sparys and mousse used in your hair.

When brushing your hair, use a soft or natural bristle brush. Brush your hair using a downward motion at least twice a day. If possible, let your hair dry naturally after you wash it as the heat damages your hair. Use a good conditioner and avoid hair products with alcohol as they dry hair out. Use after shampooing and massage into scalp being sure to get long strands. Leave it on at least one to two minutes before rinsing it off. It helps to keep your hair shiny and clean.

About the Author

Joan Russell has been a freelance writer for many years. She writes on variety of topics, including food, health, gardening, travel and education. She's written for the Christian Science Monitor, IGA Grocergram, Home Cooking, Atlantic Publishing and Duclinea Media. She has a B.A. in journalism/communications from the University of Bridgeport and an A.S in food service management from Naugatuck Valley Technical Community College.