How to Wash Hair in a Sink

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When there is no shower or bath tub available and your hair is in desperate need of being washed, you must make do with what you have on hand. There are many times when this situation may become a reality. There might be someone tying up your bathroom all day. Perhaps you are having a bathroom remodelling done, and it is not ready yet. Or perhaps you're on the road and have no access to a shower or bath. Whatever the reason, you need to know what to do.

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Things you need

  • Sink
  • Shampoo
  • 2 towels
  • Pitcher or large mug

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  1. 1

    Run comfortably warm water in the sink. Leave the water running on a medium speed and leave the stopper out of the bottom of the sink. Place a towel over the sink ledge to make it more comfortable to lean over.

  2. 2

    Part your hair in half . Leave the hair lying on either shoulder. It is easier to work with smaller sections of hair when you are trying to wash your hair in the sink. Start with half of your hair first.

  3. 3

    Lean over the sink and place your head under the running water. If the faucet does not allow enough room under it to place your head, you will need to use the plastic pitcher or large mug to pour water over your head. Wet all of your hair thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Apply the shampoo to your wet hair while you are still leaning over the sink. Continually leaning over the sink while doing this process will prevent you from making a mess on the floor.

  5. 5

    Massage the shampoo into your hair to wash it. Repeat Step 1 to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. You may need to rub your hair to get all of the shampoo out of it.

  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 3 to 5 with the other half of your hair. This will make it easier to contain your hair in the sink and to make sure that it is truly getting clean.

  7. 7

    Place the towel over your shoulders before you lean up from the sink. Slowly stand up from the sink. Move the towel to your hair to dry it with minimal mess.

Tips and warnings

  • A sink with a spray nozzle and deep basin works best for this technique. You can use any sink that is available to you, though.
  • Getting soap completely out of your hair when washing it in the sink can be very difficult. Getting conditioner out is near impossible. If you must use conditioner when washing your hair in the sink, it is best to use a leave-in conditioner.
  • Remove your shirt before attempting to wash you hair in the sink. This will save your clothes from getting soapy and wet.
  • Washing your hair in the sink often will result in the drain getting backed up, so clean out the loose hairs in the drain after each washing. The easier way is to place a mesh drain guard over the drain before you wash your hair.

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