Everybody knows that sometimes, you just don’t have time to wash your hair in the shower. But when your scalp is dirty and crying for help, what do you do?
The answer: wash your hair in the sink.
Also called “sink washing,” this straightforward method will give you clean hair anywhere you can find a sink.
And while such a drastic solution might seem simple on the surface, in reality, it’s much more complex.
But in this article, we’re going to shed some light on how to wash your hair in the sink the most efficient way so you can avoid a mess and still get your head clean.
Washing hair in the sink – really?
There are a few reasons why you might want to wash your hair in the sink.
Maybe you don’t have time for a full shower, maybe you’re traveling and don’t want to take up extra space with a towel and volumizing shampoo, or maybe you just really don’t feel like getting your hair wet today.
Whatever the reason, washing your hair in the sink can be a great solution – as long as you do it correctly.
Benefits of washing hair in the sink
There are a few benefits to washing your hair in the sink.
For one, it’s a great way to conserve water if you’re trying to save resources.
It’s also a good option if you don’t have time for a full shower, or if you’re traveling and don’t want to take up extra space with a towel and shampoo.
Finally, if you’re dealing with an oily scalp, washing your hair in the sink can help to get rid of some of that excess oil.
Hair washing hacks (in the sink) you’ll love
Now that you know the benefits of washing your hair in the sink, here are a few tips for how to do it correctly.
Kitchen sink vs bathroom sink – which is better?
Most people recommend washing your hair in the kitchen sink rather than the bathroom sink.
The reason for this is that kitchen sinks typically have a more gradual slope, meaning that your hair will flow down more easily and you’re less likely to end up with water all over your floor. They are also bigger, so you’re less likely to make a mess if you just want to dunk your head under the faucet.
If you don’t have a kitchen sink, or if you just don’t feel like using it, the bathroom sink will work as well – just be careful not to slop water all over the floor.
How to avoid a mess
One of the main reasons people don’t like to wash their hair in the sink is because it can often lead to a big mess.
But with a few simple tips, you can avoid making a mess and get your hair clean without any fuss.
First, make sure to have plenty of towels handy.
Wrap one around your hair to keep the water from dripping down your neck, and use another one to soak up any excess water on the floor.
If you’re using a kitchen sink, make sure to place a towel or mat underneath to catch any water that drips down.
How to wet your hair
The next step is to wet your hair.
There are two ways of doing this: you can either dunk your head under the faucet and run the water, or you can fill a bowl with water and pour it on your head.
The faster and less messy way is the first option. But it’s not for everyone. Experiment with both and see which one you like better.
Get rid of the dirty dishes before you wash your hair
If you’re going to use the kitchen sink, make sure to clear out any dirty dishes first.
Otherwise, you’ll end up with soap scum all over your hair and sink. And you might get little bits of food in your hair.
How to shampoo your hair
Now that your hair is wet, it’s time to shampoo.
There are a few ways to do this: you can put shampoo directly on your head and scrub it in, or you can pour shampoo into your hand and then massage it into your scalp.
Both methods work well, so experiment and see which one you prefer.
How to rinse your hair
The final step is to rinse your hair.
This can be done with a pitcher, cup, or jug – whatever you have handy. Similar to the beginning, you can also just run the water over your head until all of the suds are rinsed out.
Make sure to pour the pitcher, cup, or jug over your head, not down your neck – this will help to avoid a mess.
Use the sink sprayer
Also called the “shower method” because it mimics the nozzle of a shower, you can use a sink sprayer. “Shower washing” (minus the shower) is a great way to wet your hair properly without making a huge mess.
The sprayer will help to wash away any remaining shampoo and soap, and it’s also a great way to get your scalp clean. It’s also much more convenient to use a sink sprayer and helps concentrate the flow of water and make less of a mess.
Use a step stool if you need to
We know some of you are “vertically-challenged,” and might need a step stool to be able to reach the running faucet. Otherwise, it might be difficult to get your hair completely saturated.
Just be sure not to skip this step if you need it, otherwise your kitchen floor is going to be completely soaked.
Washing hair extensions in the sink
If you have removable hair extensions (i.e. clips or halo), then washing them in the sink is a great idea.
It’s much more convenient than trying to wash them in the shower, and it’s also a great way to keep them clean between hair washes.
Remember to condition-wash your extensions only, as this will help them stay in good condition for longer. And we recommend using cold water on extensions for the same reason. You can use warm water if you want, but only if they’re especially funky.
Use a deep conditioner
If your hair is damaged and you want to use a deep conditioning treatment to repair it, then you can get the job done by washing it in the sink.
Just be sure to ring your hair out after you wet it so you don’t make a mess.
Apply the conditioner to your hair, cover it with a shower cap or plastic wrap, and let it sit for 30-60 minutes or however long the instructions tell you to. Then give it a quick rinse with some warm water
Choose the right shampoo
When you wash your hair in the sink, it’s important to use the right shampoo.
If you have oily hair, then you’ll want to use a shampoo that’s specifically designed to get rid of excess oil.
And if you have dry hair, you’ll want to use a moisturizing shampoo that will help to add moisture back into your locks.
You can also use a shampoo that’s designed for color-treated hair, as this will help to protect your hair color and keep it looking vibrant.
When you’re done, make sure to dry your hair thoroughly. You can do this by air drying it, using a blowdryer, or wrapping it in a towel. Experiment and see what works best for you.
Be gentle if you have an irritable scalp
If your scalp is sensitive, then you’ll want to be extra gentle when you wash your hair.
Use your fingers to massage the shampoo into your scalp, and avoid scrubbing too hard. Rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water, as hot water can be harsh on your skin.
And if you’re experiencing any itching or tingling, then you might want to experiment with a medicated shampoo like T-Gel. This is a coal tar shampoo that is great for skin conditions that appear on the scalp such as psoriasis. It helps the itching go away, and less itching means less discomfort.
Keep some extra towels nearby
When you’re done washing your hair, make sure to have some extra towels nearby. The last thing you want is to be dripping water with shampoo and conditioner all over your floor.
This way, you can quickly dry your hair and avoid making a mess.
Let’s face it: sometimes you don’t feel like taking a steamy shower just to give your hair a thorough rinse.
But thanks to the tips in this article, you’ve just successfully washed your hair in the sink. Now go ahead and dry it off and style it as you normally would. Experiment with these tips and see which ones work best for you, and you’ll be able to wash your hair in the sink with ease.
So, those are a few tips on how to wash your hair in the sink. It might take a little bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a convenient way to clean your hair. And remember, if you have any questions, be sure to ask your hairstylist for advice.