How to Wash Your Hair (the Right Way)
Chances are, you’ve been washing your own hair for quite a few years by now and you think you’re doing a fine job. I mean it’s just “wash, rinse, repeat”… right? Well, turns out there’s actually a proper way to do this mundane task and we’re willing to bet you’re not doing it quite right. No worries, you can learn how by reading through our tips and making a few easy adjustments.
- Don’t use too much shampoo! – We know it’s tempting to fill your palm full of that liquid goodness and lathering up until your head is full of suds, but that’s actually not doing you any favors. Shampoo cleans your hair of what dirt and bad oil that is on the shaft, and then it starts stripping your natural and needed oils that are essential to preventing dryness. Try cutting the amount of shampoo that you’re using down to a quarter-sized portion.
- Take it easy. – Shampooing is not the time to take out your frustrations so treat your hair with some tenderness and don’t scrub too hard. Too much friction on your strands will rough up the cuticle which creates frizz and flyaways. Instead, just give your roots a nice gentle massage with your fingertips. Next, smooth the lather from your roots over the ends in a long fluid stroke. You don’t want to rub the fragile ends, just pull the shampoo through them.
- Don’t skip conditioning. – After your rinse your shampoo out, squeeze out the excess water and then apply conditioner from mid-length to tip using long motions and then let it sit for a couple of minutes before you rinse it out with cool water. Using conditioner is important because it hydrates your hair and protects your color, so don’t skip it!
- Don’t repeat. – That catchy tagline on your shampoo is just a marketing ploy to get you to use twice the shampoo, so ignore it! There’s absolutely no reason to wash your hair twice unless your hair is extremely dirty. Repeating your wash will only strip your hair of those essential oils.
- Wrap it Up. – Before you reach for that fluffy towel, think again. Wrapping your hair in it will only roughen your cuticle and cause breakage. Instead, use an old t-shirt or a towel specifically designed for your hair. This last step is an important one in the shampoo process and makes sure that the rest of your hard work doesn’t go to waste!
There you have it, five steps to take to make sure you’re washing your hair in the best way possible. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that your hair will respond quickly with more shine and bounce which ultimately means more health! So taking the extra time and effort to get it right is definitely worth it!