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Many assume that all a hair wash requires is a good quality shampoo and conditioner but there is more to that. While products may work wonders washing your hair is not as easy as slipping into your favorite pair of jeans.
Proper washing can be the difference between a good and bad hair day.
Despite it being a routine we are accustomed to, many of us are not cleansing properly. This can lead to stunted growth and dull strands. For a health mane to grow, it is important to keep your hair clean and properly washed.
Here are eight tips to guide you on the right way to wash your hair.
- Wash when you feel the need
While there is a rule that you shouldn’t wash your hair every day, you should personally decide when you need to wash your hair. If you have been working out a lot and your scalp feels oily and dirty, make sure to wash it. If it feels cleans and can go for some days without a wash, there is the no need to wash it. Over washing your hair leaves the cuticles open and strips it of moisture leading to dryness and brittleness which results in breakage.
- Skipping shampoo
You do not need to shampoo your hair every time you wash it. Skipping shampoo is actually recommended as too much shampooing can strip your hair off its natural oils. Water alone is enough to remove grime from your hair.
- Lather twice
One wash isn’t quite enough to remove all the product buildup from your hair. Always make sure to rather twice. The first removes all the gunk from the hair while the second lather actually cleans your hair. If you are having a hard time lathering the hair, it is a sign that you need to rinse and repeat.
- Choose your temperature
If you want to deeply clean your hair, use warm water as it will open up your cuticles allowing the shampoo to penetrate. However, if you want a frizz free hairstyle, stick to washing with cool water as it will close up the cuticles. Never use water that is too hot as it will dry out your hair and skin.
- Rinse it all out
Before you start the shampoo process, stand under the shower for about a minute to allow water to rinse out any product residue in the hair and prepare it for the shampooing. Again, always make sure to completely rinse out shampoo and conditioner from your hair to avoid irritating your scalp.
- Massage your scalp
As you shower, make sure to use your fingertips to work in the shampoo and massage in circular motions. Start from the hairline and work your way down towards the nape of your neck. The massage will help create a thick lather as well as stimulate the scalp for hair growth.
- Use the right product
Every shampoo is unique and tailored to different hair needs. Always make sure to pick one that suits you depending on the style you hope to achieve after washing. A volumizing shampoo will be light but contain few moisturizers while a hydrating shampoo will be rich in oils and nourish your hair. You can also go for a milder shampoo made for colour-treated hair.
- Spot treat
Whenever you shampoo, always concentrate on the roots. This is because the shampoo that trickles down is enough to clean the ends as well and thus they do not need as much attention. When it comes to conditioner however, concentrate on the ends as that is where the old and dry hair is and need it more. Concentrating conditioner on your roots will only make your hair oily.