In this article, you will find tips on how to properly wash your hair. These tips were provided by the best hair experts in New York.
Maybe you are washing your hair every day in order to keep it clean and nurtured, but maybe you are doing it completely wrong. If you want your hair to be shine, bounce and health than you need correct washing technique. But, making common mistakes may damage your hair without knowing it.
1. The first step is rinsing
Wet your hair completely before using shampoo. Your hair needs rinse like the laundry need water before adding detergent. The cuticle of the hair will open with hot water. This is excellent for cleansing the hair from any product or dirt in it. Moreover, rinsing the hair with warm water will loosen the natural oils through the scalp and the open pores will allow the oil in the conditioner to be absorbed.
- Use a conditioner before a shampoo for long hair
If your hair is under your shoulders, then you should apply a conditioner and rinse your hair before using a shampoo. This will keep away the fragile ends hair from further damage and dryness, and will keep them healthy, will fill the holes in the cuticle with moisture leading to shiny and smooth hair.
- Lather up at the scalp only
Apply shampoo only at the scalp. The youngest hair part is closest to the scalp so this area is the oiliest one, and the ends of the hair and the most fragile, driest and oldest part of the hair.
Use only a quarter-sized amount of shampoo. If your hair is thick or long, use double of this amount.
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Often the result of damage to the hair’s cuticle are frizz and breakage, which is initially caused by friction. It is best to wash your hair very gently and carefully.
First start with shampooing the roots applying medium pressure and vertical strokes. This will stimulate the blood flow and hair growth. Avoid circular motions because they can tangle the hair.
Continue soaping to the ends in a straight stroke. Don’t go back and forth or don’t scrub, because you can damage the fragile ends.
- Don’t wash your hair twice
Your hair doesn’t need to be shampooed twice. Do this if there was no lather the first time or your hair is extremely dirty.
- Apply conditioner from middle-length to tips
Wash the shampoo from your hair, squeeze the water out of the hair and put the conditioner. Hold your hair with clip until you are done showering and rinse in at the end. If the conditioner stays longer it will be absorbed better. Don’t apply conditioner on the hair roots.
- Finally a cold water rinse
Your hair will become shiny and its cuticles will closed with cold water rinse.
Use products according to your hair type. For example, for colored hair use color-safe products and for dry hair use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. If you use shampoos for volume they will make your hair dry, so use moisturizing products as well.
If you have an oily hair, wash it every day and if your hair is dry or normal, wash it three times a week.
Use a shower filter to filter the water from minerals and rust that make the hair hard, dry and with a dull color.