You might do it nearly every day, but you might not really know how to wash your hair the right way. Using the right techniques can make a world of difference in your hair’s health, bounce and shine, but if you’re making some common mistakes, you could be damaging your hair without even realizing it. Let me help show you how.
Start with a rinse.
Hot water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair, another bonus: When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb the oil
If you have long hair, condition first.
If you have hair beneath the shoulders, protect fragile ends from drying out and further damage by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing, before any shampooing. This wills not only keep ends healthy; it will also fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine.
Lather up, but only at the scalp.
You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp, particularly at the nape. The best way to lather up is from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will inevitably be the oiliest, while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually the driest, most fragile part of the hair. Don’t use more shampoo than you need; a quarter-sized amount of shampoo is enough. If your hair is particularly long or thick, go ahead and double that.
Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Wash your hair very carefully. Start your lather at the roots; don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair. Next, smooth the lather over the ends in a straight stroking motion.
Don’t rinse and repeat.
Despite what the instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle may say, there’s no need to wash your hair twice. Avoid stripping the hair by doing one shampoo only, which is sufficient, unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce lather, in which case, go ahead and lather up one more time.
Add conditioner from the mid-lengths to the tips.
After you have rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze or dab some of the water out of the hair before you put in the conditioner, then clip your hair up and leave the conditioner rinse out for the final step. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Don’t put conditioner at the roots of your hair; the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there.
Finish with a cold water rinse.
Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine.
How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type too. If you have oily or fine hair, you may need to shampoo daily. Normal or dry hair can lather up closer to three times a week.
Go ahead now and enjoy your rich and lustrous hair!