You may wash your hair every day in order to keep it clean and nurtured, however you might be doing that totally wrong. The shine of your hair, the bounce and the health depend a lot on the correct washing technique. Still, making some common mistakes may mean damaging your hair without even knowing it.
Today we are going to show you some tips on how to properly wash your hair. These tips were provided by the best experts for hair care in New York.
- The first step is rinsing
Before using shampoo your hair should be completely wet. Your hair needs rinse just as the laundry need water before you add the detergent. The cuticles of your hair will open with hot water. This is great for cleansing the hair from any product or dirt that is in it. Besides, rinsing the hair with warm water will loosen the natural oils through the scalp and the open pores will let the oil that the conditioner contains to be absorbed.
- Use a conditioner before a shampoo for long hair
If your hair length is beneath your shoulders, before using a shampoo apply a conditioner and rinse. In that way you will protect the fragile ends of your hair from further damaging and dryness. This trick will keep the hair ends healthy, fill the holes in the cuticle with moisture and your hair will become smooth and shiny.
- Lather up at the scalp only
Shampoo your hair only at the scalp. The newest part of the hair is closest to the scalp and that area is the oiliest. Alternatively, the ends of the hair are the most dry and fragile, and are oldest part of your hair.
Use a quarter-sized amount of shampoo and if your hair is thick or long,use double of this amount.
Breakage and frizz are very often the result of damage to the hair’s cuticle that was at first caused by friction. Wash your hair very carefully and very gently.
Start by shampooing the roots with vertical stroke sand with medium pressure. In this way you will stimulate the hair growth and the blood flow. Circular motions might tangle the hair, so you should avoid these movements.
Continue to lather up towards the ends in a straight stroke. Don’t do back and forth motions or scrubbing because you can damage the fragile ends.
- Don’t wash your hair twice
You don’t have to shampoo the hair twice, only if there was no lather the first time or if your hair is extremely dirty.
- Apply conditioner from middle-length to tips
Rinse the shampoo of your hair, squeeze the water out of the hair and then apply the conditioner. Use a hair clip so as to hold your hair until you are done showering and at the end rinse it. The conditioner will be absorbed better if it longer stays on your hair. You shouldn’t use conditioner on the roots of your hair.
- Finally a cold water rinse
Rinsing with cold water at the end will shut the cuticles and make your hair shinier.
Use only products that are for your hair type. For example, if you have dry hair use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, and if you have colored hair use color-safe products. Shampoos that give more volume make the hair dry, so you probably should use moisturizing products as well.
If you have oily hair, wash it every day; if your hair is dry or normal wash it 3 times a week.
Use a shower filter in order to filter the water from the minerals and the rust that will make the hair hard, dry and with a dull color.