Everybody seems to have a different hair wash routine, so how do you know which method is the right one? Although it can simply come down to preference, there are some common hair practices that can actually damage your hair instead of properly repairing it. We’ve collected some tricks and tips from our experts so you can avoid bad hair practices and develop a great routine for you and your hair!
FIGURE OUT YOUR HAIR TEXTURE
First and foremost, everyone has different hair textures which require different needs and wash routines.
For example, thinner hair usually gets oilier much faster than thicker hair and should be cleaned more frequently. On the other hand, if you have thicker locks, you should avoid over-washing your hair, as it can lead to breakage and can dry out your scalp. Figuring out what type of hair you have is also essential to figuring out what kind of products you should invest in. Contrary to popular belief, shampoo isn’t one-size-fits-all! If your hair is naturally dry and prone to dandruff, consider shampoos that are purifying and contain essential oils to effectively hydrate your scalp. On the other hand, if your hair tends to be oily, avoid these shampoos as they can cause your hair to look greasy and lose volume.
AVOID DAILY WASHING
We witness this all the time – clients who wash their hair daily in efforts to maintain its health and cleanliness. But washing your hair daily can do the opposite! Your hair naturally produces oils, or sebum, that hydrate your hair and keep it healthy and soft. When you wash every day, it strips these oils and can cause dry and brittle hair. If you have a hair type that needs to be washed more frequently, we encourage you to do so every other day or every few days. Instead, rinse your hair without any product in between washes or purchase a shower cap to avoid wet hair when you shower.
USE A WET BRUSH TO BRUSH WET HAIR
If you have thick, curly hair it can be almost intuitive to brush it when it’s conditioned and wet. But if you don’t have the right tools, brushing wet hair can harshly pull individual strands and cause major damage. This is because when wet hair is brushed, the keratin proteins inside individual strands are stretched and can’t provide the same amount of strength and support it usually does when it’s dry. Because of this, we suggest you avoid brushing all together until your hair is properly dried. However, if you absolutely need to brush, we recommend using a wet brush to detangle your locks. Wet brushes have bristles that are more flexible than normal brushes and are spaced out to avoid tearing your hair. They’re compact and glide smoothly through your hair to separate any knots.
AVOID HOT WATER
After a long day, it can be tempting to indulge in a hot and steamy shower. But if your water it too hot, it can strip those natural oils and dry out your scalp. The key is washing your hair in lukewarm water; at this temperature, the water can effectively clean your hair and roots without causing any breakage or frizziness. We also suggest investing in a shower filter as well! Sometimes, shower water can contain chemicals like chlorine which, overtime, can negatively alter your hair and skin. By installing a filter, you can count on maintaining your hair health!
USE PAIRED SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS
There’s a reason why companies create shampoos and conditioners in pairs; their formulas are optimized so they can work harmoniously to give you the healthy hair you deserve. When you mix and match shampoos/conditioners, it can counteract the job they were meant to do. As mentioned before, invest in shampoos/conditioners that work with your hair type – you shouldn’t be using ultra-hydrating shampoo and conditioner if your hair is prone to oiliness. Also, remember this trick: concentrate shampoo at the roots, concentrate conditioner at the ends. Shampoo isn’t necessarily cleaning your hair, it’s cleaning your scalp! By focusing on the scalp it removes any dirt and excess oils without dehydrating your locks. On the other end, conditioning the ends ensures hydrated locks without over-greasing your scalp.
Still have questions on hair routines? Talk to us – we are experts on anything hair so we are happy to recommend the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair.