You've Been Shampooing Your Hair Wrong This Whole Time

A beauty influencer claims we've all been washing our hair wrongly, and she demonstrated in a video exactly how it should be done, in a technique that's backed by experts.

TikToker and YouTuber Abbey Yung regularly creates content with tips and advice on hair and beauty, and this latest video has gained over 4 million views in just one day.

"You're shampooing your hair wrong," she bluntly says at the start of the video.

Instead of the usual method of pouring shampoo into your hand and then lathering it in your hair, Yung advised people to lather it in your hand for a fair amount of time first.

"If your shampoo looks like this when you apply it to your scalp, try again," she said, showing the shampoo as soon as it comes out of the bottle, rubbing it in her hand just once.

"Instead, emulsify your shampoo for several seconds," she added, showing her hands this time rubbing the shampoo into a lather.

"This will actually spread and cleanse evenly."

If you're still not convinced, the method was actually backed up by expert Janis McNicholas. In 2016, the regional trainer for French haircare brand Klorane told Huffington Post Australia that people should: "Rub [their] hands vigorously together, distributing the shampoo onto the fingers while keeping the majority on the palms."

"Beginning at the nape, push fingers through the scalp, entwining in the centre, keeping the palms off and away from the scalp."

Before then, "rub hands again, emulsifying and distributing more product onto your fingers and work the product from the fingers through the crown. Repeat the process moving forward towards the forehead."

In just one day, Yung's tip has gained over 400,000 likes on TikTok, with users shocked that they've been "shampooing wrong" this whole time.

How to Do It Properly

"At this point, am I even doing anything right," joked one user.

"Why did I never think of this before?" asked another.

TikTok has become a hub for beauty and hair tips and tricks surfacing almost daily on the app.

Yesterday, a mom's hack for cutting children's "bangs" went viral after she used clear tape to stick the bangs down first. Then she cut along the tape to the desired length.

The tape helped keep all the hair in one place and stopped it moving, allowing a clean and straighter cut.

Newsweek has contacted Abbey Yung for comment.

Women shampooing hair in shower
A file photo of a woman shampooing her hair. Getty Images