5 Ways to Have a Healthier Shower

Published on Nov 24, 2014 in DIY

Shower time can be fun, relaxing, and a great way to stay healthy – not to mention a great way to save water when compared to bathing. Because of this, most of us use the shower on a daily basis and it’s a process that we don’t generally spend a lot thought on. So to ensure that you’re showering properly (something you probably never thought you’d hear), here are adjustments you can make to get the most out of cleaning your hair, scalp and body:

Properly Adjust Shower Water Temperature

Although really hot water feels good on certain areas of the body, it can be a bit harsh to others, such as the hair, scalp and face. Colder shower water is gentler on damaged hair. If slightly cool water is too uncomfortable, don’t go above a warm temperature when cleaning those areas for a mild and cleansing effect. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t pros or cons to either. For instance, hot water helps to open the pores and strip dirt, excess oil and grime off your hair which is why we shower in the first place – not to mention it feels great too! The adverse effects of hot water on the scalp is that it can lead to frizzy hair and cause your hair to become overly porous – which ultimately leads to dry, brittle and damaged hair. Cold water helps to seal the moisture in your hair and increases shine – but will also flatten the hair, making it look lack-luster. So in my opinion, it’s best to opt for lukewarm water as it’s a reasonable solution and wont ruin your showering experience.

Massage the Scalp

Many make the mistake of merely wetting your hair, slathering shampoo and re-rinsing it moments after, and suffer from oily or flaky scalp as a result. Take the time to make sure your hair is fully rinsed and massage the shampoo into the scalp. This can help dig up dirt and stimulate circulation. One to two minutes in the shower can make all the difference in reducing scalp oiliness or dryness through effective exfoliation. Stimulating the circulation of blood under the surface of your scalp is an important aspect of maintaining and regulating a healthier head of hair. Increased circulation helps to direct much needed blood containing vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins to your scalp which helps to strengthen your hair follicles from within (where it counts) and can even encourage hair growth over time. It’s best to use an essential oil with your shampoo or conditioner to help increase the circulation of blood and keep your hair and scalp, clean, fresh and nourished for longer.

Allow Your Hair to Temporarily Air-Dry After A Shower

Air dry hair whenever possible

Air dry hair whenever possible

After stepping out of the shower, soak up excess water with a towel but leave a coat of moisture to maximize moisture retention capacity. Don’t blow dry your hair right away – wait five to ten minutes, and then proceed to fashion your hair to your liking. When it comes to blow drying your hair, be sure to do so on the coldest setting (don’t even touch the heat option!) and be sure to keep it at a minimum of 6 inches from your hair. This will allow your hair to dry more naturally without putting too much strain on the strands as well as allowing your hair to retain most of the natural moisture and not stripping your hair follicles of the much needed proteins that keep them strong and healthy.

Don’t Skip Conditioner

Conditioner is something that is often overlooked during our cleansing routine and undervaluing the importance of conditioner will only lead to long term damage over time. It’s important to note that shampoo is for cleansing the scalp, whereas conditioner enhances hair texture and volume and is primarily used to treat your hair in specific. If your scalp is in good condition but your hair is a bit dry or unmanageable, a good conditioner as a follow-up in the shower can help solve the problem.

Conditioner works by binding the cuticles around the hair follicles together and helping to lock in moisture, as well as giving your hair more volume and strengthening them at the same time. This is largely due to the positive atomic charge of the surfactants contained in the recipe of the conditioner and your hair’s natural negative charge. The difference between the two allows the conditioner to stick to your hair follicles, forming a light, protective envelope around the hair.

When you skip the conditioner, you basically leave your hair follicles vulnerable to elements and over time, they’re bound to dry out and become damaged. So if anything, I’d recommend that you cut down on the costs of your shampoo and rather invest in a good conditioner, as it plays a more important role in maintaining and achieving a healthy head of hair.

Use the Right Products in the Shower

Most importantly, using the right shower products can make all the difference – especially on your head! Hair can be delicate and fragile if treated poorly, and scalp damage can accumulate after years of poor maintenance. Using a non-therapeutic shampoo can be compared to eating empty calories in a diet… make sure the product you use contains a host of nourishing ingredients for ideal scalp health. There are countless natural products that contain healthy ingredients such as jojoba, botanical keratin and rosemary oil. Your health is worth the extra few bucks.

Bonus: Top Essential Oils For your Shower

Essential oils are steadily gaining in popularity in the modern age as more and more people start looking for natural alternatives to the chemical-based shower products that we’ve become accustomed to using. They’re effective, clean and healthy so considering them for use in your hair care routine is a very good idea as they’re also incredibly versatile and can be used alone or in combination with other essential oils or ingredients in a DIY recipe. However, there are a lot of different essential oils out there and selecting the right ones for the job require doing some research. So to make your life easier, we’ve compiled a short list of our Top 3 Essential Oils for showering and hair use:

      • Almond Oil: Almond oil is a rich source of Vitamin E which is an incredibly potent natural antioxidant which helps to build and repair tissue and can also help to strengthen hair follicles and even encourage growth. It has a low comedogenic rating, which means it won’t block or clog the pores in your scalp which could lead to the build-up of bacteria or germs on the surface of the scalp and ultimately lead to the formation of dandruff.
      • Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and antimicrobial agent which can be used to help remove germs and bacteria from the surface of your scalp as well as to help stimulate the circulation of blood to your scalp, which helps to bring much needed vitamins, nutrients and minerals where they’re needed.
      • Lavender Oil: This is one of my personal favorites for a variety of reasons – but mainly because it has a wonderful natural scent that lingers for quite some time after use. Lavender oil is both a potent natural antioxidant and a natural antiseptic or antimicrobial agent, which means that it can rid your hair of germs and bacteria as well as prevent free-radical damage before it occurs. It’s easy to add to natural DIY recipes or even to an existing conditioner or shampoo and therefore gives you great value for money.


I hope that by following these shower guidelines, you’ll be able to make the most out of your showers and relish the joys doing so can bring for both you and your body as a whole. I for one always love learning new things about everyday chores, items or routines and find that it makes for a far more interesting experience in general. After sticking to these guidelines for at least a month, you’ll be sure to notice some key differences in the quality of your hair and skin – and they’re a lot cheaper than buying into a variety of different products, lotions and creams. Once you see the results for yourself, you’ll be convinced.