What is the best way to wash my hair?
You might not know that there’s more to washing your hair than just lathering in hair care products and rinsing.
Yep, there are actually wrong ways to wash your hair… crazy, right?
You know how good your hair feels after getting it done at a hairdresser’s or salon? That’s usually because they know exactly how to wash your hair to make it look and feel its best.
Believe it or not, by knowing how to shampoo and condition properly (with the right water temperature and drying technique) you can have a good hair day every single day.
The good news is; washing your hair the right way is quite easy. It’s not rocket science.
Here’s everything you need about washing your hair:
This has less to do with how you shampoo and more to do with how often you shampoo.
And, we’re here to tell you you are probably washing your hair too often.
If you’re in the ‘once a day’ club, stop it. Unless you have a scalp that is excessively oily and needs to be cleaned more than others, you can wash your hair every 3-4 days.
And, the funny thing is the more you wash, the more your scalp produces oil naturally over time.
So, take it down a notch!
The temperature of water in your shower has a large effect on your hair.
And, hot water - especially very hot water - is not good for your hair.
When you first get in the shower, use lukewarm water. Rinse your hair before you shampoo. What this does is opens hair cuticles so when you shampoo, it cleans deeper. And, your hair will be better ‘prepped’ to absorb the beneficial effects of conditioner.
Here’s the hard part.
Before getting out of the shower, rinse your hair with cold water. If you can’t do cold, cool water is fine.
This closes off your hair cuticles, which ‘locks in’ all the cleanliness and moisture your hair just received.
Do not just squeeze shampoo into your hand and go to town on your hair.
If you can, mix the shampoo with a bit of water. This helps it to spread the shampoo evenly all on your scalp.
Also, be gentle. You’ll find that most hair salons know the importance of this - not only does it make shampoo more effective, but it makes for a better experience.
Don’t massage your head roughly, and don’t dig your nails into your scalp either. You might feel you’re giving yourself a more thorough wash but you’re actually doing damage to the roots of your hair!
Lather in the shampoo and massage it into your hair and scalp gently. If you want, you can do it twice - but it’s not completely necessary.
Also, make sure you’re using the right shampoo for your hair type.
Check out this article for more info on hair types and the products you should be using for each. (Take it from us - this is very important!)
There’s also a proper technique for conditioning your hair, and it’s quite simple.
First off, be wary of applying conditioner directly to the root of your hair. It’s not necessary - conditioners are meant for moisture, not cleaning.
So, apply conditioner to the middle of your hair shaft and work downwards. While it’s in, detangle your hair with a comb or brush.
If possible, leave the conditioner in your hair and wrap it up with a towel. Wait at least five minutes, no more than six before rinsing. If you leave the conditioner in your hair longer than seven or so minutes, it will leave in residue that you do not want.
How-to Dry Hair
Lastly, don’t go crazy with towel drying your hair. Again, be gentle - rough-drying can do some damage. If you want, you can ‘blot’ your hair dry by patting it with your towel.
Then, let your hair dry as naturally as possible.
If you’re going to use a hot tool, apply a heat protectant to your hair. This will protect it from the damaging effects of heat tools.
Also, if you are using a hot tool on your hair, wait until your hair is fully dry.
Follow these washing techniques and you’ll be on the path to having a great hair day, every day.
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