How Should You Wash Your Hair?
Not sure if you are properly washing your hair? Maybe you believe you are. Lets check your hair regimen to see if you can improve your routine. Here are 3 tips for healthier hair washing procedures.
1. You don’t need to wash your hair everyday
This may seem unclean or unsanitary, but it’s the healthiest thing you can do for your hair. Your hair needs a chance to absorb its own natural oils. When you wash your hair every day, it is stripping the moisture from your scalp and getting overly dry, which mostly occurs during the winter.
How often should you wash your hair? You are the one person who knows your hair the best, and it is up to your judgement. Here is a little help: if you have super thick and non-oily hair you can probably wash your hair every 2-3 days. If you have a medium amount of oil on your scalp you may be able to go every other day. If you have very oily, fine hair that is very apparent, washing everyday will make this worse. Slowly start to wash your hair every other day. This will help our body regulate oil production. Eventually your body will know not to produce more than what is required, for the scalp to be healthy. Knowledge of your hair type will help you in this process. Dry shampoo can help prevent everyday washing as well.
2. Shampoo with a purpose
We all love getting our hair shampooed at the salon, and it feels Amazing! Why can’t we do the same thing at home? What you may not do that your hair dresser does is get to your scalp properly while you are shampooing. The shampoo process is made to cleanse the hair, and most importantly cleanse your scalp of dirt and oil build up. Scrub your entire scalp directly in a zig- zag motions for 1-2 minutes, then wash the rest of your hair before you rinse. Try to avoid buying cheap shampoo for best results.
3. Don’t brush your hair in the shower
Your hair is most vulnerable when wet. When your hair is wet do you feel like it get’s longer? Why is that? Your hair has a lot of elasticity, and when it is wet it stretches to the maximum point. That being said, during your washing process you need to be gentle and mindful that pulling can severely damage your hair. DO NOT BRUSH your hair in the shower. You may use a wide tooth comb during the conditioning process to insure the conditioner has worked its way through. you can also brush your hair prior to washing it, this removes excess strands before the hair is wet.
4. Rinse your hair with cold water after conditioning
After conditioning, rinse with cool water. Do not use a two- in-one shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo and conditioner are two entirely different parts of the cleaning process. Shampoo is to cleanse,and conditioner is to bring in moisture. Your conditioner should look creamy (like lotion) not a gel substance. When you condition you should concentrate on the mid-shaft to the hair ends, since that is where most of the moisture is needed. Your hair strands have a cuticle layer, when the hair is shampooed this cuticle layer is open. Your hair receives all the nutrients from the product and the cuticle layer needs to be closed shut so all of the good “things” you put in can stay locked in! Rinse your conditioner out with cool or cold water, this will close in the moisture and lock down the cuticle layer, as well as leave it looking shiny.
Remember your hair can’t reach its full potential without a little help and care from you. Your hair can be very resilient, but at some point with you having proper hair care knowledge, your hair will begin to suffer from the lack of proper care. Always educate your self on proper hair health.