I imagine the pipes in my shower to be a bit of a wig factory. The amount of hair that falls out each time I wash my hair is alarming and has definitely elicited a late night Google search of Am I losing too much hair when I wash it? Thankfully, no (or at least so says Google). But it's still annoying and drain-clogging nonetheless. And yes, I use a strainer, but alas, my drain cloggeth over.
Recently, I sat down with Lars Skjoth, founder of Harklinikken, also known as "The Hair Whisperer." Skjoth chatted with me about his revolutionary products and their ability to help people with thinning hair regrow their strands for a fuller, healthier head of hair. But in the midst of all this hair loss talk, I couldn't help but inquire about my own shower sagas. Without missing a bit, Skjoth explained that there's actually a way to wash your hair so that you lose less in the shower. Yes, you read that right. Upon hearing this, my eyes just about bulged out of my head, and I (nicely) demanded he tell me everything.
Keep scrolling to find out what he said!
"After wetting your hair, add a good amount of conditioner to the hair from the ears down. When you wet your hair on a daily basis, using an ample amount of conditioner provides excellent protection for the hair to keep it from getting dried out," explains Skjoth.
"Next, working in sections, lift the hair and hold it away, then, with the other hand, apply shampoo just to the scalp, gently working your fingers in circular motions. The goal is to avoid getting shampoo on the lengths of the hair and, in turn, conditioner should be avoided on the scalp, as it can clog the hair follicles and may lead to scalp problems and hair loss."
"Rinse out the shampoo, but lift the conditioned hair away so that the shampoo does not rinse out the conditioner. The process of applying the shampoo and rinsing it out should take one to two minutes. When all the shampoo is rinsed out you, can gently rinse out the conditioner."
We know—this sounds like a process. But once you get the hang of it, it's really not bad at all. The key is to remain gentle throughout and to not "rough up" your strands. In other words, less friction means less hair loss. Just remember not to cross the paths of the conditioner and the shampoo!